Lodi News-Sentinel - - SPORTS - By Paul Gackle

SAN JOSE — Timo Meier re­joined the San Jose Sharks lineup and of­fered a quick re­minder of why he’s so im­por­tant to the Sharks for­ward group.

Meier scored a goal and picked up two as­sists as the Sharks earned a 5-1 win over the Carolina Hur­ri­canes at SAP Cen­ter Wed­nes­day night.

With Meier side­lined for three games with an up­per­body in­jury last week, the Sharks pro­duced a 1-2 record, scor­ing just four five-on-five goals. On Tues­day, the Sharks found the net three times in five-on-five sit­u­a­tions, in­clud­ing Meier’s re­di­rect­ion of a Radim Simek shot at 8:42 of the sec­ond that gave the team a 3-0 lead.

The as­sist rep­re­sented Simek’s first NHL point.

Meier also recorded the pri­mary as­sist on Joe Pavel­ski’s team-lead­ing 18th goal at 15:02 of the mid­dle frame. The Swiss for­ward flew down the left wing, skated around the net and found Pavel­ski, who threw a pass into the slot and bounced the puck in off a pair of Hur­ri­canes. Then, he earned a sec­ond as­sist with 4:17 left in the third, redi­rect­ing a Joe Thorn­ton pass over to Mar­cus Sorensen, who buried his fifth goal of the sea­son.

Kevin La­banc also recorded a two-point night for the Sharks in his first game after be­ing de­moted to the fourth line. La­banc set up Bar­clay Goodrow’s open­ing goal at 3:44 of the first and To­mas Hertl’s power play goal later in the frame. Joe Thorn­ton also recorded a multi-point night with a trio of as­sists.

Martin Jones fol­lowed up his 40-save per­for­mance in Mon­treal Sun­day with one of his best games of the sea­son. Jones earned the win with 39 saves on 40 shots, sev­eral of which were of the grade-A va­ri­ety.

After re­turn­ing from a five-game road trip out east for a quick one gamer at the Tank, the Sharks will re­turn to ac­tion in Dal­las on Fri­day be­fore head­ing off to Ari­zona Satur­day.

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