Friday, August 17, 2018
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Ward gets shutout as Hurricanes edge Sharks

RALEIGH, N.C. — Joakim Nordstrom scored with 9:12 left, Cam Ward made 22 saves in his first shutout in over a year and the Hurricanes beat the Sharks 1-0 on Tuesday night.

Ward got the 24th shutout of his career and first since he blanked Colorado on Oct. 21, 2015, while improving to 6-1 in his career against the Sharks.

That helped the Hurricanes win their second straight to escape last place in the Metropolitan Division, in the process snapping the defending Western Conference champions' three-game winning streak.

Aaron Dell stopped 32 shots in his third career game and his second start for the Sharks, who had just two shots on goal in the second period before coming on strong in the third.

The sequence that led to Nordstrom's goal was started by Viktor Stalberg, who broke up a breakaway attempt with his stick. Ward then blocked Joonas Donskoi's tip-in try, and that eventually led to a rush the other way, with Nordstrom backhanding the rebound of his shot past Dell's glove for the fourth-line forward's first goal of the season.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Cam Atkinson scored 37 seconds into overtime as the Blue Jackets rallied to beat the Capitals 2-1. Atkinson buried a wrister off a face-off from the right circle past goaltender Philipp Grubauer to win it and extend Columbus' home winning streak to six. Zach Werenski scored the tying goal with just under seven minutes remaining for the Blue Jackets, and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 26 shots. … Erik Karlsson scored the only goal of the shootout to lift the visiting Senators to a 3-2 victory over the Flyers. Mark Stone and Kyle Turris scored in regulation for Ottawas, which has won three of its last four. Craig Anderson had 33 saves through overtime and stopped all five Flyers attempts in the tiebreaker.… James van Riemsdyk scored three goals and Tyler Bozak had four assists, helping the host Maple Leafs beat the Predators 6-2.

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Published: 08/17/18