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Sharks fight for two on the road
SJ scores a pair of 3rd period goals to beat Calgary
1/11/15 - By Mike Lee -

The Sharks showed a little perseverance when they needed it most on Monday night. Kicking off a quick two game road trip in Calgary, the Sharks overcame three power play goals by the Flames by scoring a pair of 3rd period goals to win a 5-4 thriller. San Jose followed up their big 7-0 win on Saturday night with another bushel of goals to win back to back goals for the first time since mid-December. Brent Burns and Joel Ward came through in that crucial final 20 minutes with a goal apiece.

It was a statement from a team that has been quiet for much of the season. Every goal was important as San Jose had to fend off a Flames team that seemed destined to overcome every deficit.

San Jose jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the 1st period on goals by Joe Thornton and Joonas Donskoi.

Thornton converted off a Joe Colborne at the Calgary blueline 5:07 into the contest. Thornton picked Colborne's pocket, chipping it to Joe Pavelski on the right side. Pavelski immediately returned the puck to Thornton on the off wing for a simple shot from 8 feet out for his 8th goal of the season.

Donskoi tapped in a Brenden Dillon shot 4 minutes later. The Sharks forward cycled out of the right corner, cutting across the top of the Flames crease right as Dillon's shot from the left point appeared to everyone that it would sail wide right. Count Flames goaltender Kari Ramo in that camp. He sat and watched the puck, expecting it to find the end boards. He was wrong.

Sean Monahan cut the Sharks lead to 2-1 with 6:15 left in the period, taking advantage of a crazy bounce that saw the puck float over several defenders and land at his skates.

Contrary to what many would have thought back in September, Logan Couture scored his 1st goal of the season more than 3 plus months into the regular season. The Sharks forward is still working his game back after suffering the broken leg and subsequent arterial bleeding that has kept him out of the lineup for a majority of the season. He looked like the old Couture on this play, intercepting a Mikeal Backlund pass, then shedding him along the goal line in the left corner to whip a shot past Ramo. Couture had to pivot 180 degrees as Backlund tried chasing him down, in order to get the shot off.

Mike Brown's errant stick cost him a 4 minute trip to the penalty box, and when Burns tripped Johnny Gaudreau, the Flames found themselves on a 2-minute 5-on-3 power play.

Dennis Wideman converted with both Sharks in the box, whipping a shot from the high slot that Martin Jones was late to react to. Sam Bennett then added a second goal 15 seconds later after splitting the Sharks defense at the blueline and then beating Paul Martin to the net for a shot over Jones left shoulder.

San Jose could have packed it in at that point. Playing on the road and surrendering a 2-goal lead would have been more than enough for the Sharks to cough up the lead. That wouldn't happen on this night.

Burns capped a pretty passing sequence on San Jose's lone power play during the game with a shot that beat Ramo just inside the left post. Patrick Marleau sent a rink-wide pass through the slot to Burns on the left wing for the one-time chance that found net. It was a costly penalty for Backlund, who was whistled for holding Dillon's stick.

Ward scored what would turn out to be the game-winning goal 5 minutes later, banking a shot off defenseman Mark Giordano who fell to the ice to try and block a would be pass. Ward looked primed to try and get the puck to Couture on the left wing, but Giordano's shin pan adjusted the trajectory of the puck.

Calgary pulled to within a single goal with 3:41 to play after Dillon was sent off for tripping. Flames head coach Bob Hartley decided to pull Ramo for the extra skater, which paid dividends when Micheal Ferland was the last to touch a shot that hit a Sharks defenseman before banking off the Flames forward.

Game Notes:

Justin Braun was the victim of a pair of injuries on a single play during the 2nd period. The Sharks defenseman was hit in the leg with a shot that hobbled him in front of his own net. As he sat perched on his knees, a shot than struck him in the forehead, which required stitches after is helmet cut him on the forehead.





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Scoring
1 2 3 T
SJ 2 1 2 5
CGY 1 2 1 4
1st period - 1, SJ, Thornton 8 (Pavelski), 5:07. 2, SJ, Donskoi 6 (Dillon, Tierney), 9:27. 3, CGY, Monahan 13 (Ferland, Gaudreau), 13:45.
2nd period - 4, SJ, Couture 1 (unassisted), 1:53. 5, CGY, Wideman 2 (Gaudreau, Giordano), 11:12, (pp). 6, CGY, Bennett 6 (Backlund, Brodie), 11:27, (pp).
3rd period - 7, SJ, Burns 18 (Marleau, Thornton), 5:12, (pp). 8, SJ, Ward 12 (Burns), 10:21. 9, CGY, Ferland 2 (Backlund, Hamilton), 16:19, (pp).
Penalties
1st period - None.
2nd period - Brown, SJ (high sticking - double minor), 8:33; Burns, SJ (tripping), 10:08.
3rd period - Backlund, CGY (holding the stick), 4:38; Dillon, SJ (tripping), 15:42; Vlasic, SJ (fighting major), 20:00; Bennett, CGY (fighting major), 20:00.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
SJ - Jones 35 31
CGY - Ramo 18 13
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 8 5 5 18
CGY 12 8 15 35
Power Play Conversion
SJ 1 of 1
CGY 3 of 4
3 Stars of the Game
Brent Burns
Micheal Ferland
Sam Bennett
Attendance
19,227
Officials
Referees: Watson, Nicholson. Linesmen: Cameron, Gibbons.
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