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Sharks get first back-to-back losses

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RALEIGH, N.C. — A night after giving up four goals in the second period, the Sharks gave up four goals in the third, and they fell 5-3 to the Hurricanes on Friday to lose back-to-back games for the first time this season.

San Jose, which leads the Pacific Division, lost 5-1 to the Penguins on Thursday.

"Some concerns about our group right now," coach Todd McLellan said. "I don't think we're playing with the energy that we played with (a week ago). Why is that?

"We don't seem to have the jump, and when we don't have the jump, we're not using our heads very well."

Elias Lindholm, Carolina's top pick in this year's draft, had a goal and two assists as the Hurricanes won their third straight. Cam Ward made 22 saves in his return to the lineup after sitting out Carolina's previous two games.

The Hurricanes scored twice in the first seven minutes of the third period to erase a 2-1 deficit. Riley Nash deflected a shot above goalie Alex Stalock's left shoulder to tie the score at 2 at 4:54.

Jordan Staal gave Carolina a 3-2 advantage 6:42 into the period. Nathan Gerbe centered the puck into the crease from the corner. Staal jammed at the puck a couple of times, and Stalock couldn't freeze it before Staal knocked it into the net.

San Jose tied the score at 3 with 10:25 remaining on Justin Braun's slap shot from the point.

Lindholm's go-ahead goal came on a deflection on Andrej Sekera's wrist shot. Lindholm knocked it through Stalock's legs after Sekera skated around the perimeter with six minutes left in the third.

Eric Staal added an empty-net goal with 30.2 seconds remaining.

Game highlights: Curtis McElhinney made 20 saves for his first shutout since Feb. 5, 2011, and the host Blue Jackets got a 4-0 victory over the Wild. The Blue Jackets have won back-to-back games for the first time since Oct. 25.

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First1, SJ, Wingels 9 (Demers), 7:09. 2, SJ, Vlasic 4 (Thornton, Hertl), 16:31. PenaltiesBurns, SJ (hooking), :38; E.Staal, Car (interference), 9:33; E.Staal, Car (elbowing), 18:28.

Second3, Car, Harrison 2 (Boychuk, Nash), 11:36. PenaltiesNone.

Third4, Car, Nash 3 (Harrison, Lindholm), 4:54. 5, Car, Jo.Staal 6 (Gerbe, Lindholm), 6:42. 6, SJ, Braun 3 (Marleau, Pavelski), 9:35. 7, Car, Lindholm 3 (Sekera, Jo.Staal), 14:00. 8, Car, E.Staal 7, 19:29 (en). PenaltiesNone. SOGSJ 10-8-7—25. Car 13-12-10—35. PP oppsSJ 0 of 2; Car 0 of 1. GoaliesSJ, Stalock 3-1-0 (34 shots-30 saves). Car, Ward 5-5-4 (25-22).

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First1, NJ, Greene 4 (Elias), 13:43 (pp). PenaltiesSmith, Det (cross-checking), 1:24; Franzen, Det (high-sticking), 13:06.

Second2, Det, Andersson 4 (Miller, Alfredsson), 19:24. PenaltiesBernier, NJ (interfere), 5:32; Ericsson, Det (hold), 12:25.

Third3, Det, Franzen 9 (Nyquist, Tatar), 12:40. 4, Det, Tatar 6, 18:57 (pp). PenaltiesRyder, NJ (hook), 1:59; Zidlicky, NJ (trip), 5:15; Emmerton, Det (hooking), 9:39; T.Zajac, NJ (slashing), 14:51; Schneider, NJ, served by Loktionov (delay of game), 18:52. Shots on GoalDet 8-8-5—21. NJ 4-4-3—11. Power-play opportunitiesDet 1 of 5; NJ 1 of 4. GoaliesDet, Gustavsson 8-0-1 (11 shots-10 saves). NJ, Schneider 4-6-4 (21-18).

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FirstNone. PenaltiesTyutin, Clm (cross-checking), 8:40; Ballard, Min (roughing), 17:00.

Second1, Clm, Atkinson 7 (Dubinsky), 1:17. 2, Clm, Foligno 8 (Johansen, Umberger), 5:40 (pp). PenaltiesCooke, Min (hook), 4:37; Anisimov, Clm (hook), 6:15; Dubinsky, Clm (slash), 7:03; Suter, Min (rough), 16:53; Umberger, Clm (board), 16:53; Ballard, Min (high-stick), 19:22; Umberger, Clm (rough), 19:22.

Third3, Clm, Jenner 3 (Comeau, Anisimov), 4:38. 4, Clm, Umberger 7 (Foligno, Johansen), 9:05. PenaltiesStoner, Min (hold), 1:30. Shots on GoalMinn 7-8-5—20. Clm 9-18-14—41. PP oppsMinn 0 of 4; Clm 1 of 3. GoaliesMinn, Backstrom 2-4-2 (41 shots-37 saves). Clm, McElhinney 2-3-1 (20-20).

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