PHILADELPHIA – The San Jose Sharks made a simple change to rally for a comeback victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. They started shooting the puck.
Joe Pavelski had a hat trick to move into a tie for second in the NHL in goals and the Sharks beat Philadelphia 7-3 Thursday night in the first game for both teams following the Olympic break.
Raffi Torres and Logan Couture each scored twice in their return to San Jose’s lineup following injuries.
The Sharks trailed 2-1 after getting outshot 10-4 in the first period. San Jose made a pointed effort to shoot the puck in the second period and it paid off in a big way, resulting in five second-period goals on 16 shots.
“We started to finally shoot the puck,” Couture said. “The first period we weren’t shooting. We were playing in their end, but we weren’t shooting. That’s more the way we play, the way we need to play. A lot of our goals were off rebounds, and that’s the way you score in this league.”
Pavelski, one of the Sharks’ four Olympians, scored all three of his goals in the dominating second period. Torres, who was making his 2013-14 debut after injuring his knee in the preseason, capped the second-period spree with his second goal of the game with 2.2 seconds left. Couture, who missed the previous 16 games due to hand surgery, netted his 15th goal of the season in the period.
“We didn’t have a lot of purpose in our game in the first period, especially in their zone,” Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. “Kind of skating around waiting for something to happen. We got our forecheck going in the second (and) a lot more pucks to the goaltender, which created second and third chances.
“We had to start thinking about throwing the puck from bad angles and creating second (chances) that way.”
Red Wings 6, Senators 1
In Ottawa, Johan Franzen scored three goals to lead Detroit past the Senators.
Kings 2, Flames 0
In Calgary, Dustin Brown had a goal and an assist and Jonathan Quick made 25 saves as Los Angeles made it back-to-back wins.
Rangers 2, Blackhawks 1
In New York, Cam Talbot, subbing for resting Olympian Henrik Lundqvist, stopped 31 shots, and Derick Brassard and Rick Nash scored as the Rangers returned from the Sochi break with a victory over Chicago.
Canadiens 6, Penguins 5 (SO)
In Pittsburgh, David Desharnais scored the lone goal in the shootout.
Jets 3, Coyotes 2 (SO)
In Winnipeg, Olli Jokinen scored the shootout winner and the Jets edged Phoenix.
Islanders 5, Maple Leafs 4 (OT)
In Uniondale, New York, Lubomir Visnovsky scored 1:55 into overtime and the Islanders outlasted Toronto in a wild game.
Capitals 5, Panthers 4
In Sunrise, Florida, Alex Ovechkin scored the go-ahead goal in the third period and had two assists, and Troy Brouwer had two power-play goals.
Stars 4, Hurricanes 1
In Dallas, Jamie Benn had a goal and two assists to lead the Stars over Carolina.
Wild 3, Oilers 0
In Edmonton, Darcy Kuemper made 21 saves to earn his second career shutout and Minnesota returned from the Olympic break with a victory.
Devils 5, Blue Jackets 2
In Newark, New Jersey, Adam Henrique scored twice, Jaromir Jagr netted the 699th goal of his career and the Devils had a rare goal-scoring binge.
Predators 3, Lightning 2
In Nashville, Patric Hornqvist scored a power-play goal at 13:56 of the third period, and the Predators beat Tampa Bay.