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Another flammable 3rd roasts Sharks
Flames bookend game with goal barrage
12/20/2022 - By Mike Lee

Sometimes you're late for the party. Sometimes you don't even get an invitation. The Sharks missed the opening bell, then gave up a bushel of 3rd period goals to drop a 7-3 beat down for the 2nd consecutive game at the hands of the Calgary Flames. As was the case on Sunday night, the Sharks sat within a lone goal of the Flames in the 3rd period, but defensive lapses allowed Calgary to blitz the Sharks with 4 tallies in the last 10 minutes of the game.

It was another reminder that the Sharks have a lot of work to do to become competitive in the NHL. That and they need to plug several roster holes that are filled with players who are not up to the task of playing NHL caliber hockey.

If the Flames goal was to get a good start, they overachieved. Calgary scored a pair of goals in the first 30 seconds of the contest, landing a haymaker that stunned the Sharks.

Tyler Toffoli scored 15 seconds after the opening faceoff, tapping home a Dillon Dube pass for his 12th goal of the season. Elias Lindholm fed Dube from the bottom of the left circle as Dube cut down the slot. The centerman forced goaltender James Reimer to commit, before slipping the puck over to Toffoli on the right post for the easy deposit.

The same trio stayed on the ice and let another 15 seconds elapse before scoring again. Erik Karlsson made a lazy attempt at clearing the puck out of the Sharks end, which ended up on Toffoli's stick. The puck then found Lindholm who sent a diagonal pass to Dube who was skating out of the right corner. Dube then cut across the top of the crease from right to left, waiting out Reimer and sliding the puck home for his 7th of the season.

Nico Sturm cut the Flames lead in half with his 9th goal of the season at 14:58. The Sharks forward was floating down the slot toward the Calgary net when Timo Meier whipped a pass out of the right corner. Sturm gathered the feed and flipped it between Jacob Markstrom's pads.

Trevor Lewis pushed the Flames lead to 3-1 midway through the 2nd period. The Flames worked the puck into the Sharks zone when Adam Ruzicka fired a shot from the left dot. Reimer made the save, but the puck kicked off his left pad out to the high slot where Lewis was there for the put back attempt. Alexander Barabanov didn't help himself by floating back on defense, allowing Ruzicka's shot.

The Sharks forward atoned for his bad look on defense by scoring with 36.2 seconds left in the period. Barabanov was also in the right spot at the right time. Scott Harrington tried to unleash a shot from the high slot, but the puck slid off his stick over to the left side where Barabanov was lurking. The Russian gathered the loose puck and tucked it behind goaltender Jacob Markstrom for his 4th tally of the season.

Timo Meier tied the game at 3-3 just before the 4 minute mark of the 3rd period. San Jose stepped up the pressure as they attacked the Flames zone. Erik Karlsson worked the puck to Meier in the high slot for a wrist-shot that beat Markstrom. The goal marked the 3rd consecutive game in which the forward has scored, and the 8th straight where Karlsson has recorded an assist.

The Sharks looked poised to take the lead when they had a 2-on-1 break at the midway point of the period, but Oskar Lindblom's shot attempt was snuffed out by Markstrom. Calgary immediately countered and Nazem Kadri roofed an attempt to help the Flames reclaim the lead at 4-3.

Milan Lucic put the game out of reach on a put-back chance from in tight after Reimer failed to cover the puck. Lucic has only 2 goals this season, both coming in the last 2 games versus San Jose.

Toffoli added an empty netter after David Quinn pulled Reimer. That looked to cap the game' scoring by Kadri added his 2nd goal of the game after Lindblom lost his assignment in the slot.

Game Notes:

* Tomas Hertl served the 1st game of a 2-game suspension that was handed down on Monday by the NHL. Hertl will donate pay for the two games after he high-sticked Elias Lindholm on Sunday. It was the first suspension of Hertl's career.

* Mario Ferraro returned to the lineup after missing 10 games after suffering a foot injury in 5-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on November 25th.

* The Sharks announced before the game that Luke Kunin underwent successful surgery to repair a torn ACL that he suffered in the Sharks 3-2 win over Arizona on December 13th. Kunin will miss the remainder of the season as he recovers from the injury.

* Nico Sturm dropped the gloves with Brett Ritchie on the shift following his goal. It was only the 2nd fight of Sturm's NHL career.

* Matt Nieto skated in his 600th career NHL game. Matt Benning skated in his 400th career contest.


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1 2 3 T
CGY 2 1 4 7
SJ 1 1 1 3
1st period - 1, CGY, Toffoli 12 (Dube, Lindholm), 0:15. 2, CGY, Dube 7 (Lindholm, Toffoli), 0:30. 3, SJ, Sturm 9 (Meier), 14:58.
2nd period - 4, CGY, Lewis 7 (Ruzicka, Andersson), 10:04. 5, SJ, Barabanov 4 (Harrington, Nieto), 19:23.
3rd period - 6, SJ, Meier 17 (Karlsson), 3:58. 7, CGY, Kadri 12 (Lucic, Huberdeau), 10:04. 8, CGY, Lucic 2 (Huberdeau), 16:43. 9, CGY, Toffoli 13 (Lindholm), 18:22, (en). 10, CGY, Kadri 13 (Huberdeau), 18:42.
1st period - Ritchie, CGY (fighting major). 15:13; Sturm, SJ (fighting major). 15:13; Weegar, CGY (delay of game - puck over glass), 17:01.
2nd period - Simek, SJ (hooking), 3:17; Coleman, CGY (hooking), 5:44; Gregor, SJ (tripping), 11:09.
3rd period - Lucic, CGY (tripping), 7:28.
Shots Saves
CGY - Markstrom 27 24
SJ - Reimer 38 32
SJ - empty net 1 0
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
CGY 12 12 15 39
SJ 9 5 13 27
Power Play Conversion
CGY 0 of 2
SJ 0 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
Elias Lindholm
Timo Meier
Nazem Kadri
SAP Center - 10,431
Referees: #23 Corey Syvret, #19 Gord Dwyer. Linesmen: #74 Trent Knorr, #93 Kilian McNamara.

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