Scoring first has been a good omen this season for the Hurricanes, who have won more than three-quarters of their games after getting the opening goal. But this lead was short-lived when Khudobin allowed a big rebound on a shot by Tyler Kennedy. Havlat knocked it in while falling to the ice for the equalizer.
The Sharks took advantage of another misplay from Khudobin to take the lead with 28 seconds left in the period. James Sheppard took the puck away from the goalie behind the net and sent a backhand pass in the slot to Raffi Torres, who teed up Burns for his first goal in 20 games to make it 2-1.
“It was very encouraging,” coach Todd McLellan said. “Now the monkey is off his back maybe he can get back to relaxing and just play the way he can.”
NOTES: Carolina D Andrej Sekera had two assists and has points in all five games since the Olympic break. … The Hurricanes were without D Justin Faulk, who suffered an upper-body injury on Sunday in Anaheim. … The Sharks honored Olympians Joe Pavelski, Patrick Marleau, Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Antti Niemi with a video board tribute in the first period.