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NHL News: 3-goal second period sends Sharks past Senators

Timo Meier, Matt Nieto and Tomas Hertl scored in the second period to help the San Jose Sharks pull away for a 5-1 win against the visiting Ottawa Senators on Monday night.

Logan Couture had a goal and an assist, Noah Gregor also scored, and Kaapo Kahkonen made 37 saves for the Sharks, who improved to 2-6-3 on home ice this season.

Tim Stutzle scored for the Senators, who dropped to 2-9-1 in their past 12 games. Cam Talbot stopped just 4 of 7 shots before he was replaced by Anton Forsberg, who finished with 22 saves.

The Sharks were outshot 13-3 in the first period, but went to the first intermission tied 1-1.

Meier scored on a sharp angle from just above the goal line to give San Jose a 2-1 lead at 1:18 of the second period.

Kahkonen made back-to-back saves on Stutzle on a breakaway, and another save on Brady Tkachuk at the end of a 2-on-1 break 14 seconds later.

Less than a minute after that, the Sharks moved ahead 3-1 on a goal by Nieto at 4:53, ending the night for Talbot.

Forsberg was pulled in Ottawa’s last game after allowing three goals on 18 shots in a 5-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Saturday.

Hertl deflected a shot from Couture into the net late on the power play to extend the lead to 4-1 at 15:56 of the second period.

Couture scored into an empty net with 59 seconds left for the 5-1 final.

Gregor scored his first goal of the season 18 seconds after hitting the crossbar to give the Sharks a 1-0 lead at 6:22 of the first period.

A slap shot by Sharks forward Luke Kunin hit traffic in front of the net and came out to Gregor, who scored on a wrist shot from the inside edge of the right circle.

The Senators tied it 1-1 at 13:14 of the first.

Brady Tkachuk was behind the San Jose net when he spun and slid a pass to Stutzle at the inside edge of the right circle. He stopped the puck and shot it past Kahkonen.

–Field Level Media

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