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Kane's career night leads Sharks
Forward scores 4 goals in 7-4 win
3/16/18 - By Mike Lee -

Evander Kane was a game time decision on Friday night as he fought a bout with the flu. As it turns out, playing him was the right decision. The Sharks forward scored a career high 4 goals to lead the Sharks to a 7-4 win over the host Calgary Flames at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Friday night. The Sharks needed every bit of Kane's epic performance, as they try to keep a hold of their spot in the standings. The Sharks keep a 3-point lead over the Los Angeles Kings in the Pacific Division with 11 games to play.

Kane and the Sharks had Flames goaltender Mike Smith figured out pretty quickly, but it took San Jose 30 minutes before then unloaded on him.

The Sharks appeared to take an early lead when Timo Meier chopped a puck past Smith, but referee Brad Watson immediately waved off the score. Meier was ruled to have made contact with the puck with a high stick.

Kane put a puck past Smith using a more conventional method, sending a long slapper that crossed up the Flames goaltender at the 6:00 minute. Kane skated up the left wing and ripped a shot that tucked inside the right post for his 22nd goal of the year.

Troy Brouwer tied the game with 3:18 left in the period when he one timed a Curtis Lazar feed from behind the net. Brouwer was left unattended in the slot and snapped a shot that Martin Jones could do little with. Jones barely flinched as the puck sailed over his left shoulder.

Mark Jankowski pushed the Flames out front 2:10 into the 2nd period with a shot from the right corner that eluded Jones. The Flames forced a turnover in the corner after two Sharks skaters failed to control it. Garnet Hathaway flipped it to Jankowski for the shot that resulted in the centerman's 13th goal of the season.

The Sharks tied the game again when Kane deflected a Dylan Demelo shot past Smith while parked in front of the Flames net. Demelo got all of one from the right point, and Kane's stick blade altered the trajectory of the puck perfectly, moving it three feet to the left and into the Calgary goal.

Johnny Gaudreau made it a 3-2 lead midway through the period, skating up the right wing boards before cutting to his left towards the slot. With four Sharks surrounding him, Gaudreau whipped a shot that beat Jones for his 23rd goal of the season.

San Jose's offense kicked it into gear 90 seconds later when Kevin Labanc beat Smith with a shot from the left wing boards. The scouting report on Smith must have included a blurb on the hole above Smith's waist, because Labanc's 35-foot shot sailed just under the crossbar for his 10th tally of the season.

Kane completed his hat trick less than five minutes later when he charged the goal and jammed his own rebound home after cutting across the goal mouth from right to left. The newest Shark slid on his knees to the left corner with his hands in the air. It was his first career hat trick and ended the distinction of having the most career two-goal games without a trifecta.

Tomas Hertl got in on the act with 1:58 remaining in the period, after Justin Braun threw a puck at the front of the net. Smith made the initial save on Braun's shot but Hertl was in the perfect spot to jam the rebound between the netminder's pads.

Kane had nothing better to do to start the 3rd period, so he added a fourth goal 1:02 in. The forward was lurking near the left post when Joe Pavelski sent a long pass from the right wing boards above the circle. Kane tapped home the pass, giving him 25 goals on the season.

That goal would end Smith's evening as the Flames inserted David Rittich in net. Smith's replacement would make 5 saves before being pulled for an extra attacker with 6 minutes left in regulation.

The move paid off for Calgary when Michael Ferland grabbed a loose puck and lifted it with a backhand shot from just outside the right post past Jones. Sean Monahan tried firing a shot on goal that was deflected by a Sharks defender, but the puck skipped right to Ferland for the quick goal.

Eric Fehr was the benefactor of another empty net chance, as he deposited his 2nd goal of the season into the unattended goal with 3:58 left in regulation.

Game Notes:

* Evander Kane became the fourth Shark to score four goals, joining Owen Nolan, Patrick Marleau and Tomas Hertl.

* The 7 goals was only the second best offensive output for the Sharks in Calgary. San Jose scored 8 goals in an 8-0 win at the Saddledome on December 4, 2000.

* 12 Shark players recorded points in the game. Timo Meier was one player who did not tally anything in the points department, which was ironic given his would be goal in the opening moments of the game and San Jose's eventual goal haul.



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Scoring
1 2 3 T
SJ 1 4 2 7
CGY 1 2 1 4
1st period - 1, SJ, Kane 22 (Hansen), 6:00. 2, CGY, Brouwer 6 (Lazar, Stajan), 16:42.
2nd period - 3, CGY, Jankowski 13 (Hathaway), 2:10. 4, SJ, Kane 23 (Demelo, Dillon), 6:29. 5, CGY, Gaudreau 23 (Ferland, Stone), 10:16. 6, CGY, Labanc 10 (Burns), 11:42. 7, SJ, Kane 24 (Tierney), 16:32. 8, SJ, Hertl 19 (Braun, Vlasic), 18:02.
3rd period - 9, SJ, Kane 25 (Pavelski), 1:02. 10, CGY Ferland 21 (Monahan, Hamilton), 14:25. 11, SJ, Fehr 2 (Hertl), 16:02, (en).
Penalties
1st period - Hamilton, CGY (tripping), 6:37.
2nd period - Kulak, CGY (holding the stick), 2:45; Tierney, SJ (interference), 12:24; Kane, SJ (high sticking), 13:40.
3rd period - None.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
SJ - Jones 34 30
CGY - Smith 20 14
CGY - Rittich 7 7
CGY - empy net 1 0
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 4 14 10 28
CGY 9 12 13 34
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 2
CGY 0 of 2
3 Stars of the Game
Evander Kane
Tomas Hertl
Michael Ferland
Attendance
Scotiabank Saddledome - 19,196
Officials
Referees: Watson, Meier. Linesmen: Murphy, Wheler.
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