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Sekera scores game winner in Hurricanes' 5-4 win over Sharks

  • San Jose Sharks goalie Antti Niemi, right, is beaten for a goal on a shot by Carolina Hurricanes' Elias Lindholm, not seen, as left wing Jiri Tlusty watches during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    San Jose Sharks goalie Antti Niemi, right, is beaten for a goal on a shot by Carolina Hurricanes' Elias Lindholm, not seen, as left wing Jiri Tlusty watches during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)  (The Associated Press)

  • Carolina Hurricanes' Elias Lindholm (16) is defended by San Jose Sharks' Andrew Desjardins during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    Carolina Hurricanes' Elias Lindholm (16) is defended by San Jose Sharks' Andrew Desjardins during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)  (The Associated Press)

  • Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward, right, stops a shot next to San Jose Sharks' James Sheppard (15) and Hurricanes defenseman Tim Gleason (6) during the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, in San Jose, Calif. Carolina won 5-4. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward, right, stops a shot next to San Jose Sharks' James Sheppard (15) and Hurricanes defenseman Tim Gleason (6) during the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, in San Jose, Calif. Carolina won 5-4. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)  (The Associated Press)

Andrej Sekera and Victor Rask scored 3:41 apart late in the third period and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the San Jose Sharks 5-4 on Saturday night.

Eric Staal, Andrej Nestasil and Elias Lindholm also scored for the Hurricanes, who are 9-3-3 since Jan. 1 and have won four straight in San Jose. Cam Ward stopped 23 shots to improve to 4-1 against the Sharks.

Tomas Hertl scored twice and Logan Couture and Patrick Marleau also scored goal for San Jose. Antti Niemi finished with 26 saves.

Sekera put the Hurricanes ahead with less than 5 minutes remaining and Rask's empty-netter made it 5-3 with 1:10 to go. Marleau closed the scoring 15 seconds later.