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SAN JOSE – Forwards Timo Meier and Matt Nieto scored even-strength goals 3:35 apart in the second period and goalie Kaapo Kahkonen finished with 37 saves as the Sharks beat the Ottawa Senators 5-1 on Monday for just their second victory of the season at SAP Center.

Noah Gregor scored in the first period for his point of the season and Tomas Hertl scored on a second-period power play as the Sharks snapped a six-game losing streak on home ice before an announced crowd of 11,295.

“A little weight off my back,” Gregor said of his goal. “Sort of a frustrating start for me, so it was really nice to see that one go in.”

Luke Kunin had his first career three-assist game as San Jose completed its homestand with a 1-2-0 record. Logan Couture added an empty-net goal with 58.3 seconds left in the third period.

The Sharks (7-11-3) play the Kraken in Seattle on Wednesday and return home for games against Los Angeles and Vancouver on Friday and Sunday, respectively.

San Jose Sharks' Erik Karlsson (65) fist-bumps San Jose Sharks' Tomas Hertl (48) after their 4-1 win over the Ottawa Senators at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., on Monday, Nov. 21, 2022. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
San Jose Sharks’ Erik Karlsson (65) fist-bumps San Jose Sharks’ Tomas Hertl (48) after their 5-1 win over the Ottawa Senators at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., on Monday, Nov. 21, 2022. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group) 

The Sharks are now 2-6-3 at SAP Center this season, with their only other victory on home ice being a 4-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Oct. 27. San Jose’s last regulation time win at home before Monday was near the end of last season, when they beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1 on April 23.

“I think we started a little bit sloppy, but we cleaned it up fairly quick,” said Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson, who assisted on Meier’s goal for his 29th point in 21 games this season. “And the last 40 minutes, I think we played like the better team and it was a nice, nice win for us to get at home. It’s been a while.”

Kahkonen, the winning goalie last month against the Maple Leafs, needed to be sharp in the first period. The Senators had 12 shots on goal in the opening 20 minutes, with forward Tim Stützle scoring his seventh of the season at the 13:14 mark to tie the game 1-1.

Gregor’s goal at the 6:22 mark came off assists from Kunin and Benning. Gregor was playing in just his seventh game of the season, as he had been a healthy scratch for nine of the previous 11 games.

San Jose Sharks goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen (36) stops a shot against Ottawa Senators' Tim Stutzle (18) in the second period at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., on Monday, Nov. 21, 2022. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
San Jose Sharks goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen (36) stops a shot against Ottawa Senators’ Tim Stutzle (18) in the second period at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., on Monday, Nov. 21, 2022. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group) 

Sharks coach David Quinn was not happy after his team’s 2-1 loss to the New York Rangers on Saturday, blasting, in particular, his team’s effort in the third period. The Sharks didn’t take care of the puck, lost races, and allowed too much room to the skilled Rangers.

“It was a step back tonight. (Over) 82 games, you’re going to have nights off,” Quinn said Saturday. “OK, let’s see how we respond. That’s the key. We stunk. We sucked. It hasn’t happened in a long time. So let’s see how we respond on Monday.”

Quinn was happy with how his team bounced back to salvage the final game of a homestand that started with a loss to the Detroit Red Wings last Thursday.

“Just really proud of our guys,” Quinn said. “That was a great bounce-back win. I thought we got better and better as the game went on.”

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