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Sharks open 5-game trip with big win in Calgary
11/9/2021 - By Mike Lee
San Jose opened another 5-game road trip on Tuesday night, and like their season opening trip in early October, the Sharks got off to another unexpected start. Facing one of the hottest teams in the NHL in the Calgary Flames, the Sharks played exceptional defense and got timely goaltending from Adin Hill en route to a 4-1 win over the Flames. Hill made 37 saves, including 18 stops in a pivotal 2nd period.

This was the game the Sharks were supposed to lose, but the young replacements that have been filling in for the wave of COVID protocol casualties didn't know any better. They kept things simple and Hill didn't allow many second chances for the Flames to capitalize one. It was a simple recipe that netted the Sharks two points against a Division opponent.

The Sharks held the host Flames in check in the opening period. There was plenty of speed on the ice, but neither team could generate any real solid scoring chances. The Sharks were benefactors of a pair of penalties to bookend the period, but they could not cash in.

San Jose did convert right after Chris Tanev's carryover penalty expired early in the 2nd period. Alexander Barabanov scored his 1st goal of the season 47 seconds into the frame. Teh young forward took a long pass from Brent Burns at the Flames blueline and slipped past defenseman Oliver Kylington before sliding the puck between goaltender Jacob Markstrom's pads for the 1-0 lead.

That lead would be short-lived as Milan Lucic poked home a loose puck from inside the crease 30 seconds later. Sharks assistant coach John McLean, who is running the bench while Bob Boughner remains on the NHL's COVID protocol, challenged the play for goaltender interference. The challenge would fail, which not only meant the Flames tied the game, but they were given a power play as well.

The Sharks killed that penalty, and were forced to defend short-handed two minutes later when Andrew Cogliano caught Rasmus Anderson with a high stick. The league's 2nd ranked penalty kill did its job, keeping the game tied. even though Calgary held a 17-5 shot advantage in the period.

Jaycob Megna put the Flames on the power play for a 3rd time in the period, but goaltender Adin Hill stood tall. The Flames narrowly missed taking the lead on a Matthew Tkachuk chance at the doorstep, but the setup pass was too hot for the young forward to handle.

The Sharks came out flying to start the 3rd period and it paid off when captain Logan Couture scored his 5th goal of the season at 4:18. The centerman put a puck on net from the right side that clipped Nikita Zadorov stick blade, which changed the speed and trajectory of the shot. That was enough to cross up Markstrom, who waved at it in the wrong place but couldn't stop it.

Once they had the lead, the Sharks youngsters played like seasoned veterans, taking away lanes and keeping the puck away from Hill. The Sharks netminder did his thing, by preventing any big rebounds and smothering everything in tight.

The Flames were forced to pull Markstrom with 90 seconds left in the contest and the Sharks capitalized after Tomas Hertl jumped onto the ice. With the puck sliding down the rink on what should have been an icing, Hertl raced past the Flames defense, grabbed the puck, then swept it into the net from behind the end line on the right side.

Jonathan Dahlen added another empty net goal 22 seconds later to give him a share of the NHL goal scoring lead among rookies.

Game Notes:

* The Flames entered play on a 10-game point streak and hadn't lost in regulation in three weeks. They lost to Edmonton 5-2 on opening night, then went 7-0-3 before dropping Tuesday night's game to San Jose.

* Rookie defenseman Santeri Hatakka recorded his first NHL assist and point on Logan Couture's game winning goal. With all the young players who have been forced into the lineup this season, it seems like someone new is recording a career first every night.

* Flames defenseman Nikita Zadorov leveld Alexander Barabanov with an open ice hit early in the 3rd period. The defenseman caught Barabanov in the head with his shoulder. The hit could draw additional review by the league if they're going to be consistent about head shots.

* The Sharks are now 6-1-0 vs Canadian teams this season. They will get a chance to make it 7-1-0 on Thursday as they head to Winnipeg to take on the Jets. San Jose is already 2-0-0 versus Winnipeg this season.

* The visiting Sharks jumped on the Flames to start the 3rd and it seemed to catch the hosts by surprise. San Jose put the first 5 shots on net, with Calgary not recording a shot until the 5 minute mark of the period.

* Adin Hill recorded two assists in the game. He and Vesa Toskala are the only Sharks goaltenders to record multi-point games.


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1 2 3 T
SJ 0 1 3 4
CGY 0 1 0 1
1st period - None
2nd period - 1, SJ, Barabanov 1 (Burns, Hill), 0:47. 2, CGY, Lucic 5 (Mangipane, Dube), 1:17.
3rd period - 3, SJ, Couture 5 (Hatakka, Meloche), 4:18. 4, SJ, Hertl 6 (Burns, Hill), 18:57, (en). 5, SJ, Dahlen 6 (unassisted), 19:19, (en).
1st period - Gudbranson, CGY (holding), 1:43; Tanev, CGY (tripping), 18:36.
2nd period - Team, SJ (delay of game - bench), 1:17; Cogliano, SJ (high sticking), 5:30; Megna, SJ (cross checking), 15:47.
3rd period - None.
Shots Saves
SJ - Hill 38 37
CGY - Markstrom 24 22
CGY - empty net 2 0
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 4 8 14 26
CGY 8 19 11 38
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 2
CGY 0 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
Adin Hill
Brent Burns
Milan Lucic
Scotiabank Saddledome - 14,960
Referees: Furlatt, Joannette. Linesmen: Cormier, Murchison.

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