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

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.