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Another stinker dooms Sharks
Lifeless start leads to second straight 3-2 loss
11/3/16 - By Mike Lee -

The Sharks have suddenly decided that they don't need to play 60 minute hockey games. Their second consecutive lackluster performance in as many games was a another indictment on the commitment of this team right now. The Calgary Flames played a solid road game and knocked off the Sharks 3-2 at SAP Center on Thursday night as San Jose turned another head scratching performance.

The Flames took advantage of a Sharks team that seemed disinterested in exerting themselves by jumping out to another big 2nd period lead, then scored the game winner in the 3rd period after the Sharks had tied the game.

San Jose head coach Peter DeBoer has to be scratching his head after his team failed to respond to their loss on Tuesday in Arizona. His team spent 10 minutes on the power play as the Flames gifted them 5 power play chances. The Sharks cashed in on one of those chances.

Calgary took a delay of game penalty 20 seconds into the contest, but San Jose reverted to bad habits, trying to get cute with the puck, rather than forcing the issue in front of the net against backup goaltender Chad Johnson. After an Alex Chiasson interference penalty at the 3:10 mark, the Sharks played the first quarter of the 1st period on the man advantage.

That mattered little to the Flames who were out-shooting the Sharks 6-5 by the time Chiasson exited the penalty box. A Brett Kulek high sticking infraction 11:05 into the game setup a 3rd Sharks power play, but the special teams unit was disjointed all night long.

The Flames sat back and waited for their opportunities, which came early in the 2nd period when Troy Brouwer sent a Micheal Ferland feed from behind the net past Martin Jones. Ferland carried the puck along the end boards and dropped the puck out to Brouwer who was cutting to the right post. Tomas Hertl was late to cover Brouwer who pumped home his 4th of the season.

The Sharks let a rookie take them to task later in the period when Matthew Tkachuk took a drop pass from Deryk Engelland at the top of the right circle then cut to his left and ripped a shot that beat Jones between the wickets. While not an easy shot to handle, it was one of those that a goaltender on his game can stop. That wasn't Jones on Thursday night.

Sam Bennett's tripping penalty at the end of the period carried over into the 3rd giving the Sharks yet another chance on the man advantage. Brent Burns took matters into his own hands and ripped a shot from the blueline that beat Johnson to halve the Flames lead.

Melker Karlsson tied the game 9:18 into the period, tipping home a rebound after Marc-Edouard Vlasic ripped a shot from the left point. The Sharks forward ventured where no other Shark wanted to, in front of the net where he was able to get his stick on the puck.

San Jose had all the momentum at that point but they took their foot off the gas, allowing the Flames to regroup.

Tkachuk put the Flames back on top for good with 4:21 left in regulation, slipping underneath the Sharks defense and redirecting another Frolik feed. Either a miscommunication or lapse in judgement allowed Tkachuk to be in position on the doorstep, as Burns circled in the high slot leaving Paul Martin as the lone defender down low.

Tkachuk's shot was only the 5th of the period for Calgary. It was a fitting ending for a Sharks team that was uncommitted to an up tempo effort that was necessary to win on Thursday night.


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1 2 3 T
CGY 0 2 1 3
SJ 0 0 2 2
1st period - None.
2nd period - 1, CGY, Brouwer 4 (Ferland, Bennett), 16:32. 2, CGY, Tkachuk 2 (Engelland, Frolik), 18:05.
3rd period - 3, SJ, Burns 4 (Pavelski), 0:35, (pp). 4, SJ, Karlsson 2 (Vlasic, Tierney), 9:18. 5, CGY, Takchuk 3 (Frolik, Engelland), 15:39.
1st period - Bench, CGY (too many men) 0:20; Chiasson, CGY (interference), 3:10; Kulak, CGY (high sticking - double minor), 11:05; Donskoi, SJ (holding), 11:05; Martin, SJ (hooking), 13:34.
2nd period - Bennett, CGY (tripping), 18:55.
3rd period - Hertl, SJ (tripping), 3:38; Tkachuk, CGY (roughing), 5:40; Dillon, SJ (roughing), 5:40; Brodie, CGY (roughing), 6:42.
Shots Saves
CGY - Johnson 28 26
SJ - Jones 22 19
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
CGY 7 10 5 22
SJ 7 10 11 28
Power Play Conversion
CGY 0 of 2
SJ 1 of 5
3 Stars of the Game
Matthew Tkachuk
Deryk Engelland
Michael Frolik
SAP Center - 17,562
Referees: Chmielewski, Rehman. Linesmen: Sericolo, Wheler.
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