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Sharks play with penalty fire again
Martin Jones bails out SJ with 47 save performance
3/7/15 - By Mike Lee -

After giving up three power play goals to the Vancouver Canucks last Saturday night, you'd think the Sharks would have learned a lesson about staying out of the penalty box. Not so much. The Sharks continued their penalty box parade in Calgary on Monday night, serving up 7 power play chances for the host Flames. The last one cost Martin Jones a shutout as the Flames converted on a 6-on-4 late to tie the game in dramatic fashion. If not for a Joe Pavelski goal in overtime, the Sharks would have wasted a gem of a performance by Jones who made 47 saves in a 2-1 win at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

Jones was nothing short of spectacular all night, stopping everything the Flames threw at him, sans a Joe Colborne shot with 72 seconds left in regulation. The Sharks goaltender was possessed, making saves that seemed destined for the Sharks net.

His 12 saves in the opening period were highlighted with a pair of stops on shots a blink apart. The first came from the high slot with a minute left in the period, which was then followed by a blind kick save off a Mikael Backlund chance from the left side of the crease.

The Sharks got to the 1st intermission with a 1-0 lead, courtesy of Brent Burns 24th goal of the season. The Sharks defenseman pumped a long shot past Joni Ortio after defenseman Dougie Hamilton tried swatting the puck away from the front of his own net after a Burns shot hit something in the slot and shot straight up into the air. Hamilton's glove work pushed the puck right back to Burns in the high slot for the return shot that wove through traffic en route to the back of the net.

The Flames out-shot San Jose 18-4 in the 2nd period, but Jones made his team's lead hold up. San Jose didn't exactly come across as an offensive juggernaut in the period, extending a shotless streak into the 3rd period that spanned 21 minutes.

Calgary had their chances, bouncing three shots off iron in the middle period, but Jones did the rest of the work, keeping that barrage contained with one steady save after another.

Three of the seven Flames power plays came in the middle period, aided by a three high sticking infractions by the Sharks. The penalty killing did it's job, but that should have been the case against the 29th ranked power play in the league.

Knowing the Flames would come out on a tear to the start the 3rd period, San Jose went into prevent mode, rather than trying to extend their lead and take some of the pressure off of Jones.

Lance Bouma missed on a golden opportunity to tie the game midway through the period, pushing a sure one-time chance from the left side of the net wide right. The Flames forward couldn't believe the misfortune, as he winced with a squat to the ice.

Brenden Dillon committed a major gaff with 2:32 left in regulation by lifting a puck over the end board glass to setup the Flames 7th power play of the night. It proved to be the costliest penalty of the night, as it allowed the Flames to setup a 2-man advantage after they pulled Ortio.

Colborne was lurking in the slot as Mark Giordano gloved a clearing attempt at the blueline. The Flames defenseman dropped the puck to the ice and whipped a shot toward the left post. Colborne got his stick on the shot, redirecting it just inside the right post to tie the game.

San Jose then took care of business in the overtime period. Burns took a Joe Thornton feed along the left wing boards and carried the puck toward the back of the net. Pavelski parked himself at the top of the crease and flipped Burns pass past Ortio as the defenseman sailed past the left side of the net. The goal took all of 19 seconds of the overtime.

Game Notes:

* Burns and Logan Couture had 4 shots each to lead San Jose. Six Flames had 4 or more shots, including Hamilton who notched 8.

* Patrick Marleau had a tough night in the faceoff circle, winning only 3 of 11 faceoffs (27%). Sean Monahan took 25 faceoffs for the Flames, winning 13 of them.

* In addition to the 48 shots they surrendered, the Sharks also blocked 19 shots.


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1 2 3 OT T
SJ 1 0 0 1 2
CGY 0 0 1 0 1
1st period - 1, SJ, Burns 24 (unassisted), 1:56.
2nd period - None.
3rd period - 2, CGY, Colborne 12 (Giordano), 18:38.
Overtime - 3, SJ, Pavelski 30 (Burns, Thornton), 0:19.
1st period - Thornton, SJ (interference), 5:39. Giordano, CGY (interference), 6:13; Dillon, SJ (tripping), 15:03; Karlsson, SJ (tripping), 16:40.
2nd period - Martin, SJ (high sticking), 3:58; Burns, SJ (fighting major), 8:03; Burns, SJ (high sticking - double minor), 8:03; Hathaway, SJ (fighing major), 8:03; Hathaway, CGY (instigator). 8:03; Ward, SJ (high sticking), 18:14.
3rd period - Dillon, SJ (delay of game - puck over glass), 17:18.
Overtime - None.
Shots Saves
SJ - Jones 48 47
CGY - Ortio 23 21
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
SJ 7 4 11 1 23
CGY 12 18 18 0 48
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 1
CGY 1 of 7
3 Stars of the Game
Martin Jones
Joe Colborne
Joni Ortio
Referees: Hanson, Meier. Linesmen: Berg, Lazarowich.
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