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Sharks pay for 3rd period lapse
Flames jump on SJ with 5-2 win at SAP
12/18/2022 - By Mike Lee

When the Sharks have lapses in focus, they pay for it. Case in point was the start of their 3rd period against the Calgary Flames on Sunday night at SAP Center. A dumb penalty, and an absence of defensive presence netted the Flames 3 goals in the blink of an eye and the Sharks would fall on home ice for the 14th time in 17 games this season by a 5-2 score.

The Sharks don't have the talent to compete with many teams in the NHL, so they need to be more focused than their opponents. It's been an all too frequent occurrence where a lack of focus bites them in the back side. A close game turned on a dime on Sunday, and the Sharks are left to wonder why they can't get it done on home ice.

Calgary took advantage of a major gaff by defenseman Jaycob Megna, who flated a pass diagonally through his own zone, which Tyler Toffoli stepped in front of and promptly deposited past goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen. Megna tried to move the puck after picking it off the left wing boards, but with a Flames defender closing on him he rushed the pass and partially whiffed on it, allowing it to trickle to Toffoli, who had an unimpeded path to the net.

Adam Ruzicka was sent off at 11:06 after he tripped defenseman Erik Karlsson, which set up an equalizing goal 5 seconds later. Karlsson faked a shot from the left point and as his stick blade approached the puck, he opted to pass to Timo Meier on the right side for the one-time chance that beat Flames goaltender Jacob Markstrom.

The goal was Meier's 16th of the season, but the assist turned out to be more notable. It was Karlsson's 700th career point.

The Flames got a big break 6 minutes into the 2nd period when a Milan Lucic shot clipped Nick Bonino in the high slot, then bounced off Karlsson's thigh pad and into the Sharks net. The goal was Lucic's 1st of the season.

Jonthan Huberdeau was sent off for slashing at 18:09, but the Sharks could not generate much on the ensuing power play. 9 seconds of the penalty carried over to the 3rd period, but the flames baited Tomas Hertl into a boneheaded penalty 6 seconds into the final frame.

The Flames used that penalty to maul the Sharks for 3 goals in a 2 minute span. Elias Lindholm scored his 10th goal just 10 seconds into the Hertl penalty, firing a shot from the right side past Kahkonen.

Lindholm would add his second goal of the game 19 seconds later. The Sharks defenders all leaned to the right side when Rasmus Andersson sent a pass through the slot to Lindholm on the left side for a one-time chance that beat Kahkonen to push the Flames lead to 4-1.

Dillon Dube put the game away on a terrible play by Kahkonen 1:35 later. Nazim Kadri dumped the puck into the Sharks zone, lofting it on net. Kahkonen tried to glove it, but it bounced over to the left side where Dube swooped in and fired it into the Sharks net.

Tomas Hertl scored a power play goal at 7:56 after Lindholm was sent off tripping.

Sharks head coach David Quinn pulled Kahkonen for an extra attacker with 4:45 to play after Jonathan Huberdeau was sent to the penalty box for interference. Kevin Labanc forced a change of plans after he was whistled for interfering with Markstrom.

It was all for naught as the Sharks had no answer for Markstrom late.

Game Notes:

* Matt Nieto made his return to the lineup after missing the last 4 games. Luke Kunin took his place on the injured reserve.

* Dennis Gilbert and Jonah Gadjovich squared off in the middle of the 2nd period in an epic fight. The Sharks forward leveled Gilbert with a right that caught the defenseman squarely, sending him to the locker room for some maintenance.

* PEr Darin Stephens, Erik Karlsson is one of 4 NHL defensemen since 1993-94 to score 40 points in a season's first 33 games (John Carlson 45 in 2019-20, Brian Leetch 41 in 2000-01 and Bryan McCabe 40 in 2005-06).

* Rasmus Andersson and Noah Hanifin finished the game each a +4. Every Shark except for Timo Meier, Tomas Hertl and Kevin Labanc finished with at least a -1 in the game. There was no shortage of goats in this one.

* San Jose out-hit Calgary 26-23. Small victories.


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1 2 3 T
CGY 1 1 3 5
SJ 1 0 1 2
1st period - 1, CGY, Toffoli 11 (unassisted), 7:13. 2, SJ, Meier 16 (Karlsson, Hertl), 11:11, (pp).
2nd period - 3, CGY, Lucic 1 (Lindholm, Lewis), 6:01.
3rd period - 4, CGY, Lindholm 10 (Huberdeau, Kadri), 0:16, (pp). 5, CGY, Lindholm 11 (Andersson, Hanifin), 0:35. 6, CGY, Dube 6 (Kadri, Toffoli), 2:10. 7, SJ, Hertl (Couture, Karlsson), 7:56, (pp).
1st period - Ruzicka, CGY (tripping), 11:06; Megna, SJ (high sticking), 15:00.
2nd period - Meier, SJ (high sticking), 1:11; Coleman, CGY (tripping), 8:30; Gilbert. CGY (fighting major), 11:09; Gadjovich, SJ (fighting major). 11:09; Huberdeau, CGY (slashing). 18:09.
3rd period - Hertl, SJ (high sticking), 0:06; Lindholm, CGY (tripping), 9:50; Weegar, CGY (delay of game - puck over glass), 8:12; Huberdeau, CGY (interference), 14:58; Labanc, SJ (goaltender interference), 16:46; Backlund, CGY (high sticking - double minor), 19:44.
Shots Saves
CGY - Markstrom 26 24
SJ - Khakonen 25 20
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
CGY 10 7 8 25
SJ 3 13 10 26
Power Play Conversion
CGY 1 of 4
SJ 1 of 7
3 Stars of the Game
Elias Lindholm
Nazem Kadri
Rasmus Andersson
SAP Center - 14,207
Referees: #26 Jake Brenk, #18 Tom Chmielewski. Linesmen: #74 Trent Knorr, #84 Ryan Jackson.

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