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Sharks exact some revenge in Calgary
Team focus on the win in retribution game
2/7/19 - By Mike Lee -

The Sharks have waited 38 days for a chance to even a score with the Calgary Flames. The Sharks were beat by the Flames back on New Year's Eve, but more importantly, they knocked out Radim Simek with an unpenalized cheap shot that resulted in a concussion to Simek. San Jose paid the Flames back on the scoreboard, extending their winning streak to four games. The Sharks caught the Flames with a 3-spot in the 1st period, then never looked back, taking a 5-2 decision at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

Evander Kane and Tomas Hertl each scored a pair goals to lead San Jose. There was plenty of motivation for the Sharks, who entered the game trailing the Flames by 4 points in the standings. Calgary sits atop the Western Conference with 73 points. The Sharks looked every bit ready to grab that lead, after beating the Flames as well as the 2nd place Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night.

The Flames grabbed the lead 4:36 into the contest when Mark Jankowski tipped a Mark Giordano shot past Martin Jones from the front of the net. Giordano sent in his shot attempt from the top of the left circle, with Jankowski parked at the top of the crease. The Flames forward got a stick blade on the puck, deflecting it just inside the left post.

The Sharks responded in a big way.

With David Rittich between the pipes, Mike Smith got to play spectator as the Flames backup goaltender. Smith made like a loudmouth fan and decided to chirp Evander Kane who was rubbed out of a play by a Dalton Prout check in front of the Calgary bench. That check turned out to be an interference penalty.

The Sharks enjoyed an abridged power play after Tomas Hertl was called for slashing, but Kane made sure to let Smith know he was listening to the backup's gum flapping. The Sharks forward grabbed a lead pass up the right wing, but he was cutoff by TJ Brodie. Kane was forced to pivot back toward the blueline, but he kept rotating and whipped a shot on net. The puck hit Rittich in the right leg pad and trickled over the goal line for the 1-1 tie.

With Hertl still in the box, the Sharks were then down a man, but Sam Bennett tried to push a puck into the Sharks zone on the power play, but Brent Burns stepped in front of the pass attempt. The puck deflected back up ice. Rittich tried to skate out and play the puck, but Burns stepped in front of it. The Sharks defenseman simply had to collect it before walking it into the Flames net for the 2-1 lead.

Rittich was rewarded for his inability to keep the puck out of his net, with a warm spot on the bench. Smith got to put his overactive jaw in between the pipes, where the Sharks quickly silenced him.

Tomas Hertl deflected a Radim Simek shot 22 seconds after Burns goal to push the Sharks lead to 3-1. Hertl was parked at the top of the crease where he redirected Simek's shot. It was Simek who Sam Bennett leveled at the end of the New Year's Eve meeting that resulted in a concussion.

The Flames made a push in the 2nd period, but Martin Jones made a series of tough saves to help preserve the Sharks lead. He made the save of the game with 14 minutes remaining in the period, extending his right toe out to cut off a wrap around attempt by Johnny Gaudreau.

Kane pushed the Sharks lead to 4-1 at 16:27 of the period by lifting a rebound chance past Smith from the doorstep for his 23rd goal of the season. Kane pushed a shot on goal from the slot, but Smith made the stop. The puck kicked right back out to the Sharks forward for the put back chance.

Calgary answered after Tim Heed was sent off for slashing at 17:19. T.J. Brodie bounced a long shot off defenseman Justin Braun for his 7th tally of the season. The defenseman was positioned at the left point, as he threw a puck that Braun tried to block. The puck redirected down, skipping past Jones, who was being screened by James Neal.

San Jose killed a big penalty early in the 3rd period after Johnny Gaudreau embellished a trip. The Flames had a pair of empty net goals to shoot at, but one sailed wide and Simek jumped in front of a shot.

Joe Thornton had a chance to pad the Sharks lead with 9 minutes to play after Smith got caught behind his net, but a limp-wristed shot bounced off the left post. The Flames golatender was called for tripping on the play, but the Sharks would not cash in.

Jones reciprocated with a trip of his own to put the Flames on the power play with 7:25 to play, but the power play came up big once again. Just when things looked as if they would settle down, Kane was sent off for cross-checking Noah Hanifin in front of the San Jose net.

The Sharks went back on the penalty kill for the 7th time. It was a precarious position for Jones, but was locked in. Giordano negated the Flames last chance to make a game of it, with an interference penalty at the 16:55 mark.

Hertl used the power play opportunity to bag his 24th goal of the season. Game Notes:

* Joe Thornton became the second Shark to score 1000 points, when he assisted on Evander Kane's 1st period goal.

* Erik Karlsson missed his 6th straight game as he nurses a lower body injury.

* Evander Kane and Tomas Hertl finished the game with 2 goals and an assist each. Kane had 8 shots on goal and 3 hits.

* San Jose took care of business using the scoreboard, but Joe Thornton sent a message early. Right before Kane scored his first goal, Thornton took several hacks at Johnny Gaudreau. It was clear that San Jose was prepared to go after the Flames top offensive talent if the Flames elected to hit any unsuspecting Sharks skaters.

* Calgary out-hit San Jose 17-13, but there were no teeth rattling hits like Bennett's cheap shot back in December.


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1 2 3 T
SJ 3 1 1 5
CGY 1 1 0 2
1st period - 1, CGY, Jankowski 9 (Giordano, Brodie) 4:36. 2, SJ, Kane 22 (Thornton, Burns), 12:39. 3, SJ, Burns 11 (unassisted), 13:42, (sh). 4, SJ, Hertl 23 (Simek, Donskoi), 14:04.
2nd period - 5, SJ, Kane 23 (Donskoi, Hertl), 16:27. 6, CGY, Brodie 7 (Ryan, Neal), 17:42, (pp).
3rd period - 7, SJ, Hertl 24 (Kane), 18:37, (pp).
1st period - Labanc, SJ (tripping), 7:44; Prout, CGY (interference), 10:55; Hertl SJ (salshing), 11:47.
2nd period - Burns. SJ (tripping), 6:33; Heed, SJ (slashing), 17:19.
3rd period - Dillon, SJ (tripping), 2:42; Smith, CGY (tripping), 10:10; Jones, SJ (tripping), 12:35; Kane, SJ (cross checking), 15:45; Giordano, CGY (interference), 16:55.
Shots Saves
SJ - Jones 38 36
CGY - Rittich 6 4
CGY - Smith 24 21
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 10 10 10 30
CGY 12 14 12 38
Power Play Conversion
SJ 1 of 3
CGY 1 of 7
3 Stars of the Game
Evander Kane
Martin Jones
Tomas Hertl
Scotiabank Saddledome - 18,748
Referees: L'Ecuyer, Pollock. Linesmen: Cameron, Daisy.
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