Carlson hit 30 points and the Sharks beat the Senators, 5-1

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Erik Carlson grabbed two assists, becoming the first NHL defenseman to reach 30 points this season, and the San Jose Sharks beat the Ottawa Senators 5-1 Monday night.

Thomas Hertel, Matt Nieto, Timo Meyer, Logan Couture and Noah Gregor scored for the Sharks, who improved to 2-7-3 at home. Kapu Kahkonen made 37 saves for his second win, and defender Matt Benning added two assists.

“I’m really proud of our guys,” said Sharks coach David Quinn. “That was a nice win. I thought we got better and better as the game went on.”
The Senators pulled goaltender Cam Talbot in the second half for Anton Forsberg after giving up three goals on seven shots. Forsberg made 21 saves.
Tim Stoetzel scored for Ottawa with an assist from Brady Tkachuk.
Gregor hit the post on a breakaway but scored shortly afterwards to give the Sharks the lead with his first goal of the season.
He said, “I had a little weight off my back. It was kind of a frustrating start for me, so it was really good to see that guy come in.”
Stützle scored his seventh to tie it at 1 in the first period. Tkachuk made a beautiful pass from behind the net to create the chance.
“We played really well in the first half, and then we needed to anticipate that they were going to fall back,” said Senators Nick Holden. “I mean, all teams are going to fight you back, so you have to be able to play inside that as well and beat it a little bit and then come back to it.”
Meyer put the Sharks ahead 2-1 just 1:18 into the second after a sweet feed from Carlson. Meyer extended his point streak to four games by scoring his ninth goal.
Nieto scored his fourth goal on a note to make it 3-1 after Matt Benning hit the puck into the net. This was Nieto’s third goal in his last four matches.

“There’s a lot of game left. There’s no time to feel sorry for yourself,” said Senators coach DJ Smith. “You have to pick it up. We tried, but it just wasn’t our night.”
Hertel scored a solid 4:04 a minute per second. The Sharks held the puck in the offensive zone throughout the entire power play, and Hertel caught his fifth touchdown of the season.
“The last 40 minutes, I think we played like the better team, and it was a nice win for us to get home,” Carlsson said. “It’s been a long time.”
Couture sent one the length of the ice for an empty-net goal with 58 seconds left in the game. It was his tenth goal of the season.

“We shut it down really well in the third. I think we did a great job there, not giving them anything,” said Kahkonen. “It’s hard if you give teams life early in the third because they might get a goal or something.”
Sharks rookie defenseman Nick Cicek got into his first NHL fight against Mark Kastelic after they came together in front of the San Jose Net.
next one
Senators: Visit the Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday.
Sharks: Take on the Kraken in Seattle on Wednesday.
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