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Stalock's rough night spells doom for SJ
Flames take 6-5 win in the shootout
2/11/16 - By Mike Lee -

There are tough losses, and then there are confounding losses that could have simply been avoided. The Calgary Flames were the benefactors of an injury to starting goaltender Kari Ramo, beating the Sharks, who tried to ride an underperforming Alex Stalock in a 6-5 shootout at SAP Center. Stalock allowed 5 goals on 22 shots in regulation, then couldn't stop anything in the shootout to overshadow a gritty comeback by his teammates.

The Sharks trailed 4-1 after 20 minutes, thanks to Stalock's inability to stop anything. San Jose overcame Stalock's nightmare performance by storming back with 4 straight goals to grab a 5-4 lead in the 3rd period. That lead was squandered when Stalock gave up a 5th goal to let the Flames back into the game.

It was about frustrating a loss as they come, but chalk it up to Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer's insistence on keeping Stalock in net. With the game on the line in the shootout, Calgary toyed with the Sharks goaltender, bagging a pair of goals to take the victory in the skills competition.

Stalock's wild adventure started 4 minutes into the contest when the Sharks tried to move the puck out of their own end with a pass across the neutral zone that Flames rookie Sam Bennett intercepted along the left wing boards. Bennett raced up the ice before cutting across the high slot and whipping a shot from 40 feet out. Stalock flat out whiffed on the shot, allowing Bennett to score his 15th goal of the season.

Calgary converted on a power play a minute later, when Mark Giordano ripped a shot from the left point. The puck appeared to clip defenseman Justin Braun before slipping to the right of Stalock for the 2-0 lead.

Tommy Wingels cut the Flames lead in half with a pretty goal at 8:45 of the period after Joonas Donskoi sent a backhand pass from the left post back to the slot. Wingels received Donskoi's pass, lifting a one-time chance over Kari Ramo left shoulder for his 6th goal of the season.

Sean Monahan pushed the Flames lead back to 3-1 after the Flames attacked the net on a 3 man rush. Jiri Hudler drew defenseman Paul Martin over to the left side before sending a pass to the front of the net. Joe Pavelski was caught back skating, allowing Monahan to get a shot on net with out much opposition. Stalock was dead to rights on the play, having covered the left side of the net in defense of Hudler.

Mikael Backlund made it a 4-1 game after Stalock tried to cut off the Flames forward as he skated in on net. Stalock roamed too far out of his own net, allowing Backlund to skate to his left around the goaltender and slip the puck into a wide open net.

By the time the smoke cleared, Stalock had surrendered 4 goals on 9 shots in the period.

San Jose chipped away in the 2nd period, scoring a pair of goals after the flames got themselves into penalty trouble.

Logan Couture roofed a shot from the left side on a TJ Brodie penalty that carried over from the opening period.

Patrick Marleau made it 4-3 on a goal at 11:17 of the period. The goal came on a 5-on-3 advantage after Backlund was called for slashing and a bench minor was assed to Calgary. Marleau redirected a Joe Thornton feed while parked at the top of the crease.

The Sharks took the lead in the 3rd period by scoring a pair of goals early in the period. Donskoi bagged his 2nd of the season at 2:46 into the frame, then Dylan DeMelo converted on the power play 3 minutes later.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic took a hooking penalty at 6:22 that killed the Sharks momentum and allowed the Flames to tie the game. Kris Russell converted with 12 minutes to play to draw the game even at 5-5.

The game was turned upside down with 3 minutes left in regulation.

Ramo was injured when Donskoi was tripped by Giordano and fell into the Flames netminder. The goaltender had to be helped off the ice, and was replaced by Sharks nemesis Jonas Hiller. In addition to the tripping penalty that Gioradno drew, Bennett was also called for elbowing on the play as well, giving the Sharks a full 2-minute 5-on-3.

San Jose got cute with the puck and lacked any incentive to try and force matters with Hiller, who made a couple nice saves to stymie the Sharks. The full 2 minute advantage was squandered.

San Jose had the advantage in the overtime, but Hiller shut the door repeatedly. The Sharks sent 4 skaters to the ice in the shootout, but only Couture could get a puck past Hiller. Stalock let Hudler and Joe Colborne score to take the two points.





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Scoring
1 2 3 OT SO T
CGY 4 0 1 0 1 6
SJ 1 2 2 0 0 5
1st period - 1, CGY, Bennet 15 (unassisted), 4:12. 2, CGY, Giordano 13 (Hamilton, Gaudreau), 5:18, (pp). 3, SJ, Wingels 6 (Donskoi, Couture), 8:45. 4, CGY, Monahan 17 (Hudler, Gaudreau), 12:46. 5, CGY, Backlund 8 (Bennett, Brodie), 13:26.
2nd period - 6, SJ, Couture 5 (Burns, Marleau), 0:48, (pp). 7, SJ, Marleau 17 (Thornton, Couture), 11:17, (pp).
3rd period - 8, SJ, Donskoi 9 (Couture, Burns), 2:46. 9, SJ, DeMelo 2 (Ward, Vlasic), 5:55, (pp). 10, CGY, Russell 4 (Bennett, Ferland), 8:08, (pp).
Overtime - None.
Shootout - SJ: Couture (goal), Donskoi (miss), Pavelski (miss), Marleau (miss). CGY: Colborne (goal), Gaudreau (miss), Monahan (miss), Hudler (goal).
Penalties
1st period - Couture, SJ (closing hand on puck), 4:48; Braun, SJ (high sticking), 15:18; Ferland, CGY (interference), 17:08; Brodie, CGY (interference), 19:20.
2nd period - Frolik, CGY (tripping), 9:07; Backlund, CGY (slashing), 9:59; Bench, CGY( unsportsmanlike conduct), 9:59; Burns. SJ (high sticking), 19:02.
3rd period - Bennett, CGY (high sticking), 4:13; Vlasic, SJ (hooking), 6:22; Thornton, SJ (slashing), 8:35; Giordano, CGY (hooking), 13:20; Bennett, CGY (elbowing), 17:00; Giordano, CGY (tripping), 17:00.
Overtime - None.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
CGY - Ramo 34 29
CGY - Hiller 7 7
SJ - Stalock 22 17
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
CGY 9 4 7 2 22
SJ 12 11 16 2 41
Power Play Conversion
CGY 2 of 5
SJ 3 of 9
3 Stars of the Game
Sam Bennett
Logan Couture
Jonas Hiller
Attendance
16,854
Officials
Referees: Furlatt, Hebert. Linesmen: Cameron, Heyer.
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