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Winning streak
Sharks follow up Thursday win with another W
10/13/19 - By Mike Lee -

The Sharks returned home for the first time since their home opener on October 2nd, limping back from a 1-2-0 record, which positioned them in last place in the Pacific Division. San Jose also hit the ice with a new player in tow. Patrick Marleau, the long time Shark, skated through the Sharks head for the first time in three two years. Marleau helped jump start the Sharks to their first win of the season last Thursday night. Sunday night's affair was more of a homecoming.

Marleau renewed his tradition of being the last skater to hit the ice, bringing up the rear after his teammates made their entrances. The former Sharks captain did this for years. It was picked up by Marc-Edouard Vlasic, but the defenseman ceded the responsibility back Marleau, who energized the non-sellout crowd when he stepped out on to the SAP Center ice.

Marleau didn't repeat his 2-goal performance from Thursday, but he did get on the score sheet with an assist on the game's first goal. That goal, and two more from Marleau's teammates helped propel San Jose to a 3-1 win over the visiting Calgary Flames.

The Sharks addressed the formality of a real welcome home for Marleau early in the contest. After an early whistle, the Sharks welcomed Marleau back with a jumbotron message that resulted in a standing ovation for the franchise leader in goals scored.

Energy was the theme of the night, and Marleau's response to the standing ovation helped juice up the home crowd.

San Jose struck early, scoring when Timo Meier bagged his 1st goal of the season 3:04 into the contest. Meier parked himself on the Flames doorstep and deflected a Logan Couture feed while standing behind defenseman Travis Hamonic. Hamonic had a good look at the pass from Couture as it came off the right wing boards, but Meier was able to get his stick on the puck first. deflecting it past Flames goaltender Cam Talbot.

Patrick Marleau was credited with the secondary assist, giving him 3 points in two games with San Jose.

Kevin Labanc made it 2-0 when he exchanged passes with Tomas Hertl on a give-and-go play that ended with a shot from just inside the right dot that beat Talbot top shelf.

The Flames took exception with a Hertl trip on captain Mark Gioradano, but couldn't convert on the only Sharks penalty of the opening period. Mikeal Backlund tripped Evander Kane to cut their power play short.

Calgary cut into the Sharks lead 6:43 in the 2nd period, when an Elias Lindholm shot deflected off Marc-Edouard Vlasic and past goaltender Martin Jones. Lindholm uncorked a shot from the point, hitting Vlasic who was in the slot between the circles. The puck shifted its trajectory slightly to the right, fooling Jones.

A Rasmus Andersson slashing penalty with 5 minutes to play in the middle frame setup a second power play chance for the Sharks, but Brent Burns was forced to haul down Michael Frolik to put an end to that thought. The Sharks did one better when Couture stepped in front of a pass in the Sharks zone then raced up ice.

Couture waited on Tomas Hertl, who trailed on the play, before feathering a pass to his teammate on the right wing. Hertl promptly skated in and deposited past Talbot to push the Sharks lead back to two goals.

San Jose went clearly into prevent mode in the 3rd period, generating a mere 3 shots in the period. The Flames made a push to claw back into the game, but Jones came up big in the period. Jones stopped all 11 shots that he faced.

Jones teammates didn't make things easier by taking a pair of penalties in the period. Brent Burns was whistled for holding at 9:34, then Brendan Dillon was sent off two minutes after the Sharks killed off the first penalty.

Through all the early season struggles, the penalty kill has been the one bright spot. San Jose moved to 7th in the league, with their four kills on Sunday night. The Sharks 90% penalty kill efficiency kept the Flames at bay all night.

When the final horn sounded, the Sharks had a winning streak. With Marleau's return, it was just like the good old days.

Game Notes:

* Trevor Carrick and Danil Yurtaykin where scratches, allowing Lukas Radil and Tim Heed to get back in the lineup. The Sharks are experimenting with various lineup combinations with younger players.

* It was not surprise that the Sharks found more success by controlling the puck. They won more faceoffs than their opponent for the first time this season. They out-drew Calgary 33-28 (54%). Tomas Hertl won 12 of 18 draws to lead San Jose.

* San Jose also had more blocks than the Flames (17 to 16).

* The Sharks took full advantage of the Flames lineup who were likely more fatigued after playing in Vegas on Saturday night. Back-to-back games are part of the job, but San Jose put the screws to Calgary early in the contest, trying to take advantage of tired legs.

* After his win on Thursday, Aaron Dell found himself on the Sharks bench against Calgary. That may have been because Martin Jones is 11-3-0 all time against Calgary, and he has won his last 6 straight versus the Flames.

* Logan Couture finished the evening with a pair of assists, 2 shots on goal, a blocked shot and was 7-for-17 (41%) on draws.


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1 2 3 T
CGY 0 1 0 1
SJ 2 1 0 3
1st period - 1, SJ, Meier 1 (Couture, Marleau), 3:04. 2, SJ, Labanc 2 (Hertl, E. Karlsson), 10:13.
2nd period - 3, CGY, Lindholm 1 (Brodie), 6:43. 4, SJ, Hertl 1 (Couture), 18:08, (sh).
3rd period - None.
1st period - Hertl, SJ (tripping), 16:52; Backlund, CGY (tripping), 18:21.
2nd period - Andersson, CGY (slashing), 15:08; Burns, SJ (tripping), 16:51.
3rd period - Burns, SJ (holding), 9:34; Dillon, SJ (slashing), 13:33.
Shots Saves
CGY - Talbot 20 17
SJ - Jones 33 32
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
CGY 11 11 11 33
SJ 6 11 3 20
Power Play Conversion
CGY 0 of 4
SJ 0 of 2
3 Stars of the Game
Logan Couture
Tomas Hertl
Martin Jones
SAP Center - 16,250
Referees: Morton, Rehman. Linesmen: Daisy, Nansen.
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