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DeBoer's message hits home
Hertl and Wingels emerge in 5-2 win over Flames
11/28/15 - By Mike Lee -

The Sharks could have responded a number of ways from their 5-2 drubbing last Wednesday night. It seems that several players took the loss to heart by skating with a pants on fire attitude on Saturday night, as San Jose spanked the Calgary Flames 5-2 at SAP Center. Five different players scored for the Sharks, but the energy came from two players that were benched in the 3rd period against the Chicago Blackhawks earlier in the week.

There was no subtlety to head coach Peter DeBoer's message to forwards Tomas Hertl and Tommy Wingels. They never saw the ice against the Blackhawks after 40 minutes of lackluster hockey, so both came out with a bit of fire on Saturday night.

Both players had a goal and an assist, but it was the fire in their game that mattered against the Flames. Calgary has struggled this season and looked to get things on track against a Sharks team that has been awful on home ice.

Wingels got things started by working hard and getting himself to the right place at the right time. The Sharks forward cycled a puck out of the right corner midway through the opening period then got his stick blade on a waist high shot from Marc-Edouard Vlasic to redirect the puck past Flames goaltender Jonas Hiller for the 1-0 Sharks lead.

Hertl let his coach know that he was there to play by whipping a Brenden Dillon pass past Hiller from the right corner at 12:36 to push the Sharks lead to a pair of goals. Hertl squeezed his shot between Hiller and the right post from a severe angle, threading a needle for his 3rd goal of the season.

San Jose got into penalty trouble to open the 2nd period. Patrick Marleau took his first penalty of the season by hooking TJ Brodie early in the period. Mirco Mueller was sent off for charging 4 minutes later. In both cases, the Sharks penalty kill did their job and denied both Flames power play chances. They would kill all three penalties they faced in the game, but the first two set a tone that allowed the Sharks to suppress any comeback and build on their lead.

Calgary took a pair of penalties of their own later in the period, and San Jose used them as a chance to wake up their struggling power play unit. Deryk Engelland and Dennie Wideman's infractions came 1:36 apart, which gave the Sharks a brief 5-on-3 power play.

Joel Ward scored with both Flames in the box on a simple shot from in close. Joe Pavelski abandoned the typical puck movement to the point approach and waited for Ward to inch into position parked just outside the crease off the right post. Pavelski made an 8 foot pass from behind the end line to Ward for the short one-timer that beat Hiller for the 3-0 lead.

With Wideman still in the box, Marleau snapped a wrist shot from between the circles that beat Hiller inside the right post. Marleau took a Pavelski feed as he raced down the slot and used the disruption of traffic in front of the net to slip his 9th goal of the season across the goal line.

The four goal cushion allowed the Sharks some breathing room as they headed into the final frame. They got a little too comfortable, allowing the Flames to get on the board midway through the period.

Markus Granlund took a lead pass at center ice and raced up the slot before uncorking a wrist shot from the same location as Marleau's goal. The shot sailed over Martin Jones' left shoulder for Granlund's 1st goal of the season.

The Sharks pinned their ears back and answered immediately. Wingels grabbed a loose puck in his own zone then raced up the right wing boards. Tracking Vlasic racing up the left wing. Wingels sent a 30-foot pass through the slot to Vlasic who was busy trying to fend off Jiri Hudler. Vlasic received Wingels pass, took a single stride, then slipped the puck through Hiller's 5-hold for his 3rd goal of the season.

The goal came 25 seconds after Granlund's goal and quickly deflated the Flames chances of any sort of a comeback.

Micheal Ferland added his 1st goal of the season with 1:17 left in the contest. It was the 2nd goal from the Flames 4th line.

Game Notes:

Justin Braun was moved to the injured reserve before the game due to an infection in his left elbow. The defenseman cut the elbow on the Sharks recent road trip, and it became infected after treatment failed to respond.

Defenseman Dylan DeMelo was recalled from the Barracuda to fill in the roster spot vacated by Braun.

Defenseman Mirco Mueller dropped the gloves with Joe Colborne for a brief bout that ended with Mueller tackling the Flames centerman. Neither skater landed a punch.

Joe Thornton added an assist to tie Al MacInnis for 34th place on the NHL all-time points list with 1274 points.


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1 2 3 T
CGY 0 0 2 2
SJ 2 2 1 5
1st period - 1, SJ, Wingels 2 (Vlasic, Hertl), 9:03. 2, SJ, Hertl 3 (Dillon), 12:36.
2nd period - 3, SJ, Ward 9 (Pavelski, Thornton), 10:04, (pp). 4, SJ, Marleau 9 (Pavelski, Burns), 10:54, (pp).
3rd period - 5, CGY, Grandlund 1 (Brodie, Giordano), 9:42. 6, SJ, Vlasic 3 (Wingels, Nieto), 10:07. 7, CGY, Ferland 1 (Jones), 18:43.
1st period - None.
2nd period - Marleau, SJ (hooking), 1:39; Mueller, SJ (charging), 4:23; Engelland, CGY (rouging), 9:16; Wideman, CGY (high sticking), 9:51.
3rd period - Colborne, CGY (fighting major), 9:01; Mueller, SJ (fighting major), 9:01; Dillon, SJ (hooking), 11:40.
Shots Saves
CGY - Hiller 29 24
SJ - Jones 27 25
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
CGY 10 7 10 27
SJ 11 12 6 29
Power Play Conversion
CGY 0 of 3
SJ 2 of 2
3 Stars of the Game
Tomas Hertl
Marc-Edouard Vlasic
Tommy Wingels
Referees: Lee, Morton. Linesmen: Gibbons, Henderson.
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