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Jones shines in win over Flames
Sharks kickoff 6-game homestand with 3-1 win
11/11/18 - By Mike Lee -

The Sharks goaltending has not been a strength for the Sharks early this season. That wasn't the case on Sunday night as the sharks returned home to kickoff a 6-game home stand. Martin Jones turned in what might have been his best game of the season to propel the Sharks to a 3-1 win over the Calgary Flames. Jones made 29 saves to earn his 8th win of the season.

The backstop made several big saves throughout the game, but none bigger than in the 3rd period, when he stopped Sam Bennett on a penalty shot chance. The Sharks were clinging to a 2-1 lead at the time, against a Flames team that leads the league in 3rd period goal differential. The Flames entered the game as the best 3rd period team in the league so far this season. They entered with 5 come from behind wins in the 3rd period and had scored 17 more goals than they allowed in the period.

Jones not only stopped Bennett, but he denied all 14 shots the Flames threw at him over the final 20 minutes of play.

The stellar goaltending was just what the doctor ordered, after dropping their last two games in regulation. The Flames entered play ahead of San Jose in the standings. The Sharks beat Calgary in all four meetings last season, but this is a new Flames roster. Calgary played with consistent pressure up and down their lineup, and the Sharks were forced to work for their two points on Sunday night.

Evander Kane wasted no time getting the Sharks on the board, as he rifled a shot from the left side past Flames goaltender Mike Smith just 50 seconds into the game. Joe Pavelski dropped a pass to his Kane, who circled around the top of the left circle before whipping a shot from the dot to bag his 6th tally of the season.

Flames Captain Mark Giordano almost answered on the ensuing shift when he snapped a shot that hit the right post. Sharks goaltender Martin Jones made another stellar save 9 minutes later when Mark Jankowski one-timed a chance from the slot after the Flames worked a puck off the end boards.

The Sharks worked a power play chance to end the opening period, but as has been the norm of late the man advantage failed to fire.

Kane setup the Sharks second goal of the night, perched behind the Flames net for an eternity as he waited for the right moment to strike. That would come when he slid the puck out to the slot for Joonas Donskoi to bang home for the 2-0 Sharks lead. Kane was sat behind the net for eternity as two Flames defenders sat on each post waiting to see what the Sharks forward would do. That turned out to be a mistake, as Donskoi got into position.

Erik Karlsson's lack of defensive acumen was in full effect 6 minutes into the period when he fell at his own blueline allowing Sean Monahan to skate in on Jones and snap his 9th goal of the season home. Karlsson has been bad enough when he's upright, but his ability to stop opposing offenses while parked on his posterior pretty much sets up feeding time for the other team.

Mike Smith kept the Flames close with a pair of highlight reel saves in the frame. First he stopped Tomas Hertl on a point blank chance, then stuffed Joonas Donskoi off a cross ice feed chance from Kane.

With the Flames 3rd period accomplishments on their minds, the Sharks buckled down and focused on the defensive end of the puck, and held Calgary off the board to preserve their lead. Jones was the man of the hour however. Game Notes:

* Logan Couture played in his 600th NHL career NHL game. He sustained an injury midway through the 3rd period and did not return.

* Tomas Hertl made his return to the lineup after missing, three games following a helmet to helmet hit that he sustained in the game against the Philadelphia Flyers on November 3rd.

* Joe Pavelski finished the game with a goal and 2 assists on 24 shifts. He recorded 3 shots on goal adn added 4 hits and 4 blocked shots. The captain played an all around game to lead San Jose.

* Joonas Donskoi and Sam Bennett led their respective teams with 6 shots each. Donskoi outdid Bennet with a goal and an assist.

* Evander Kane continued to wield a hot hand against the Flames. He had a 4-goal game last season and added a goal and an assist on Sunday night.





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Scoring
1 2 3 T
CGY 0 1 0 1
SJ 1 1 1 3
1st period - 1, SJ, Kane 6 (Pavelski, Donskoi), 0:50.
2nd period - 2, SJ, Donskoi 4 (Kane, Pavelski), 1:28. 3, CGY, Monahan 9 (Jankowski), 6:02.
3rd period - CGY, Bennett, (unsuccessful penalty shot), 12:22. 4, SJ, Pavelski 8 (Hertl, Meier), 19:08, (en).
Penalties
1st period - Valimaki, CGY (tripping), 18:07.
2nd period - Jankowski, CGY (tripping), 3:37.
3rd period - Monahan, CGY (tripping), 3:17; Meier, SJ (embellishment), 3:17; Giordano, CGY (hooking), 6:38. Dillon, SJ (PS - hooking on breakaway), 12:22.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
CGY - Smith 28 26
CGY - empty net 1 0
SJ - Jones 30 29
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
CGY 8 8 14 30
SJ 12 11 6 29
Power Play Conversion
CGY 0 of 0
SJ 0 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
Martin Jones
Evander Kane
Joe Pavelski
Attendance
SAP Center - 17,562
Officials
Referees: Furlatt, Nicholson. Linesmen: Gibbs, Murphy.
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