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Bad Sharks return
Flames steam roll SJ 6-2
2/10/20 - By Mike Lee -

If anyone fantasized that the Sharks two wins in Alberta last week was a stepping stone, the harsh reality of this lost season came to light on Monday night as the Sharks were out-played by the Calgary Flames en route to a 5-2 loss at SAP Center. The Sharks slept-walked through the opening 10 minutes of the game, quickly falling behind 3-0. They would draw within a single goal before collapsing. It was more of the failure that has plagued San Jose this season. Late to class, and not initiative once they got there.

Brendan Dillon was whistled for slashing 2:09 into the contest, putting the Flames on the power play. The typically strong sharks penalty kill came up short when Milan Lucic tipped a Mikeal Backlund shot past Aaron Dell with 4 seconds left on the man advantage.

The goal didn't get the Sharks attention, as Toby Rieder converted 34 seconds later after San Jose turned the puck over in their defensive zone. Rieder grabbed a rebound after Mark Jankowski bounced a shot off the end boards that kicked back out to the slot. Rieder scooped up the rebound and lifted a shot after forcing Dell to go down to take away the lower half of the net.

The Flames made the Sharks defense look foolish at 9:23, when Zack Rinaldo finished a series of passes around the sharks goal by jamming home a shot from the slot after Dell was spinning his wheels to stop a scoring chance from the left side. The goal was Rinaldo's 3rd of the season.

Erik Karlsson cut into the Flames big lead at 12:47, when he took a pass from Barlcay Goodrow as he rushed up the right wing and swatted it past goaltender David Rittich. The puck appeared to roll on its side before Karlsson shot it, which may have crossed up Rittich on the play. The Flames neteminder didn't look as if he expected Karlsson to get the shot off.

The Sharks were forced to kill a Stefan Noesen roughing penalty 1:43 into the 2nd period after he retaliated for a hit by Milan Lucic on Mario Ferraro. The pair dropped the gloves, but Noesen was given the extra minor for roughing.

Calgary was called for interference on the ensuing power play when Evander Kane was interfered with on a would be breakaway. San Jose converted on their power play when Brent Burns fired a shot past Rittich from the blueline. The Sharks drew the Flames down low when Erik Karlsson carried the puck toward th eright corner before kicking the puck back out to the Burns on the point.

The Flames pushed their lead back to a pair of goals at 10:46 when Lucic lifted a pass to the front of the net, bouncing it off Jankowski's chest and into the Sharks net. Timo Meier was late to defend Jankowski, who was the fist to the front of the net to deflect his 3rd goal of the season home. Brent Burns was caught up ice, leaving Meier to makeup for the defenseman's poor positioning.

Referee TJ Luxmore guessed on a play to start the 3rd period, awarding the Flames a power play on a phantom tripping call to Dillon. Tkachuk then scored on the power play with a shot from between his legs, drawing his stick behind his left skate and lifting it past Dell for the 5-2 lead.

Calgary was inflicted with weak ankle syndrome later in the period, and found it impossible to stay on their skates. This of course resulted in multiple tripping penalties to San Jose. Backlund converted the Flames third power play goal of the game at 14:08 to make it a 6-2 game.

All San Jose could do was limp off the ice after their whipping and wonder what will transpire in the next two weeks as the trade deadline approaches.

Game Notes:

* All three of the Flames fourth line forwards scored a goal in this game. They had entered play having scored 12 goals all season.

* Joe Thornton, Timo Meier and Kevin Labanc were a collective -6 on the night.

* Oliber Klyngton was the only Flames skater who did not record a shot on goal. Johnny Gaudreau led Calgary with 5 shots.

* Melker Karlsson led the Sharks with 6 shots. None came remotely close to getting past goaltender David Rittich.

* Doug Wilson is still employed. Somehow.


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1 2 3 T
CGY 3 1 1 5
SJ 1 1 0 2
1st period - 1, CGY, Lucic 6 (Backlund, Andersson), 4:55, (pp). 2, CGY, Rieder 4 (Jankowski, Rinaldo), 4:39. 3, CGY, Rinaldo 3 (Gaudreau, Monahan), 9:23. 4, SJ, E. Karlsson 6 (Goodrow, Vlasic), 12:47.
2nd period - 5, SJ, Burns 12 (Meier, E. Karlsson), 4:51, (pp). 6, CGY, Jankowski 3 (Lucic, Hanifin), 10:46.
3rd period - 7, CGY, Tkachuk 19 (Hanifin), 1:26, (pp). 8, CGY, Backlund 7 (unassisted), 14:08, (pp).
1st period - Dilllon, SJ (slashing), 2:09.
2nd period - Lucic, CGY (roughing), 1:43; Noesen, SJ (roughing), 1:43; Noesen, SJ (roughing), 1:43; Andersson, CGY (interference), 3:15; Kane, SJ (elbowing), 15:54.
3rd period - Dillon, SJ (tripping), 0:14; Meier, SJ (tripping), 11:12; Kane, SJ (tripping), 12:18; Noesen, SJ (10 min misconduct), 12:18.
Shots Saves
CGY - Rittich 36 34
SJ - Dell 37 31
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
CGY 15 14 8 37
SJ 10 13 13 36
Power Play Conversion
CGY 3 of 6
SJ 1 of 1
3 Stars of the Game
Zack Rinaldo
Noah Hanifin
Milan Lucic
SAP Center - 17,101
Referees: Dwyer, Luxmore. Linesmen: Cherrey, Kovachik.

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