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Donskoi gets back to scoring
Sharks unload on Flames with 4-goal 2nd period
12/20/16 - By Mike Lee -

The Sharks returned home from their successful 4-game road trip on Tuesday night, and continued their hot hand by beating the Calgary Flames with a solid 4-1 victory. The game kicked off a span that will see the Sharks play at SAP Center 8 out of their next 12 games. San Jose spent the first 20 minutes acclimating themselves to home ice, then unleashed a flurry of goals on the Flames.

The first two periods were complete opposites. The Sharks had no flow in the 1st period, even with a pair of power play chances inside the first 10 minutes of the contest. San Jose out-shot Calgary 11-6 in the period, but they just seemed out of sorts.

The mundane 1st period, turned into a shooting gallery in the 2nd, when San Jose erupted for 4 goals. Patrick Marleau kicked things off with his 9th tally of the season at 5:35, by gobbling up a rebound off Flames goaltender Chad Johnson and lifting a backhand shot into the Calgary goal. Marc-Edouard Vlasic had sent a shot in on net from the left point, and with Joe Pavelski parked at the top of the crease, the lone Flames defender was tied up with the Sharks captain, which allowed Marleau to roam freely.

Paul Martin made it 2-0 just under 4 minutes later by firing a shot from the left point that bounced twice before floating over Johnson's left pad. Once again, Pavelski was in front of Johnson, screening the flames goaltender. The Sharks captain had problems trying to get this stick blade on the bouncing puck, but that served equally challenging for Johnson, who has emerged as the Flames number one goaltender this season.

Joonas Donskoi snapped out of his scoring drought with a pair of goals two minutes apart.

The 2nd year forward had gone 23 games without scoring a goal, but he got back on the score sheet with his 3rd of the season at 14:23 of the period. Tommy Wingels carried the puck down the slot and fired a shot that sailed wide of the right post, but he beat a Flames defender to the puck behind the net. Donskoi floated over to the bottom of the left circle, where he one-timed a feed from Wingels that slipped between Johnson and the left post.

Donskoi made it a 4-0 game when Mikael Baklund tried to clear the puck from the front of his net but put if right on the Sharks forward's tape. The Flames had four defenders surrounding Donskoi who skated right down the slot, but none of them bothered to tie him up. After intercepting Baklund's pass, Donskoi bore down on the goal but took a step to his left before tapping it past Johnson.

Sam Bennett snapped Martin Jones shutout bid with a goal 1:19 into the 3rd period, but the Flames had nothing left. Bennett snapped a shot form the slot, beating Jones to the glove side for his 8th tally of the season.

The only smudge on the Sharks performance was the power play, which went 0-for-5. San Jose has plummeted in the NHL power play rankings over the last three weeks. Three of the Flames penalties came in the 3rd period with the game already decided, so the motivation wasn't there.

The penalty kill was only forced to make an appearance once after Brendan Dillon was called for hooking late in the 1st period. The fact that San Jose stayed out of the penalty box was a big reason the Sharks were successful in the game.

Calgary had scored power play goals in 4 straight games entering play on Tuesday night. Calgary played on Monday night, and the fatigue was evident in the 2nd and 3rd periods. Calgary went 7-2-1 in their last 10 games, which was partially offset by the back to back scheduling.

Game Notes:

* Joe Thornton played in his 1,400th NHL game, becoming the 37th player in NHL history to do so.

* Patrick Marleau's goal was number 490 for his career.

* Joe Pavelski and Marleau both finished a +3 on the night.

* Brent Burns 7-game point streak was snapped in the game.





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Scoring
1 2 3 OT SO T
CGY 0 0 1 1
SJ 0 4 0 4
1st period - None.
2nd period - 1, SJ, Marleau 9 (Vlasic, Thornton), 5:35. 2, SJ, Martin 2 (Thornton, Pavelski), 9:18. 3, SJ, Donskoi 3 (Wingels, Pavelski), 14:23. 4, SJ, Donskoi 4 (unassisted), 16:19.
3rd period - 5, CGY, Bennett 8 (Tkachuk, Wideman), 1:19.
Overtime - .
Shootout - SJ: (goal/miss), (goal/miss), (goal/miss). CGY: (goal/miss), (goal/miss), (goal/miss).
Penalties
1st period - Jokipakka, CGY (cross checking), 5:58; Hamilton, CGY (tripping), 10:08; Dillon, SJ (hooking), 17:09.
2nd period - None.
3rd period - Bouwma, CGY (goaltender interference), 5:49; Giordano, CGY (holding), 10:57; Tkachuk, CGY (holding stick), 15:32.
Overtime - .
Goaltending
Shots Saves
CGY - Johnson 25 21
CGY - empty net
SJ - Jones 16 16
SJ - empty net
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
CGY 6 10 16
SJ 11 14 25
Power Play Conversion
CGY 0 of 1
SJ 0 of 5
3 Stars of the Game
Attendance
SAP Center - 17,562
Officials
Referees: Furlatt, L'Ecuyer. Linesmen: Murray, Galloway.
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