Sharks end road woes with 6-3 win over Devils

Dec 1, 2023, 6:54 PM | Updated: 8:20 pm

Michael McLeod #20 of the New Jersey Devils takes the puck as Jacob MacDonald #9 of the San Jose Sh...

NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - DECEMBER 01: Michael McLeod #20 of the New Jersey Devils takes the puck as Jacob MacDonald #9 of the San Jose Sharks defends during the second period at Prudential Center on December 01, 2023 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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Anthony Duclair scored twice, Jacob MacDonald had his first career two-goal game and the San Jose Sharks overcame a significant shot disparity to snap a season-opening 10-game road losing streak with a 6-3 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Friday night in Newark, N.J.

The Sharks improved to 6-6-1 in their past 13 since starting the season with 11 straight losses. San Jose never trailed and also ended a 13-game road losing streak that dated to a 7-2 win at Arizona on April 1.

Mikael Granlund scored and added two assists for his first three-point game since Feb. 23. MacDonald scored San Jose’s first two goals after entering the game with four career goals.

William Eklund added an empty-net goal as the Sharks survived getting outshot 47-18.

Kaapo Kahkonen made 44 saves and was aided by a defense that blocked 31 shots in front of him.

Dawson Mercer, Jack Hughes and Ondrej Palat scored for the Devils, who had their second three-game winning streak of the season stopped.

New Jersey goalie Akira Schmid allowed five goals on 17 shots.

San Jose opened the scoring at the 2:10 mark of the first period after former Shark Timo Meier lost the puck along the right boards to Ty Emberson. Mario Ferraro gained possession, cut down the left side and slid the puck to MacDonald, who scored into the vacated right side of the net.

New Jersey tied it thanks to a fluky bounce with 6:39 left in the first. Simon Nemec took a shot from the point that caromed off the end boards and popped into the crease for Mercer, who converted the easy tap-in.

San Jose regained the lead 2:51 into the second when MacDonald crashed the left side of the crease and tipped Matt Benning’s point shot by Schmid. Nearly seven minutes after MacDonald’s second goal, Duclair ripped a one-timer from the high slot into the net after Hughes lost the puck in the neutral zone to Granlund.

New Jersey cut it to 3-2 2:56 into the third when Hughes finished a breakaway after stealing the puck from Calen Addison.

Duclair answered with his own breakaway at 5:07 of the third, scoring on a backhander after New Jersey defenseman John Marino lost the puck in the neutral zone.

Palat’s goal made it a one-goal game with 7:02 left, but Granlund scored 40 seconds later.

–Field Level Media

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