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Zadorov's hat trick burns Sharks
Sharks fall 3-1 as Calgary wraps up their season
4/12/2023 - By Mike Lee

With the sun setting on the 2022-23 season for the Sharks, they rolled into Calgary in the wake of the Flames own reality that they would not be playing for a Stanley Cup themselves. The Sharks have been auditioning their prospects for the past two weeks, while Calgary made the transition to evaluation mode on Monday after they were eliminated from playoff contention. The would be playoff contender used a Nikita Zadorov hat trick to knock off the Sharks 3-1.

San Jose held a lead for more than half the contest, but the story of the season reached out to bite San Jose. Defensive lapses and a lack of any bite in the offensive zone cost the Sharks.

It was the season finale for Calgary, and they sent their fans home with more "what ifs" then when the night started.

Noah Gregor staked the Sharks to a 1-0 lead at 10:26 with his 9th goal of the season. The forward collected a lead pass from Radim Simek at center ice before cutting across defenseman Michael Stone and racing around him on the left side. Gregor released a shot on Flames prospect goaltender Dustin Wolf that was defended, but the Shark sent a put back chance 5-hole for the goal.

Nikita Zadorov tied the game 13:36 into the 2nd period on a tap in from the left side. The Flames worked the puck out of the right corner before Andrew Mangiapane slid it over to the left side from the slot. Zadorov didn't waste any time, putting it past Kaapo Kahkonen for his 12th goal of the season.

The Flames grabbed a 2-1 lead 4:01 into the 3rd period on a Zadorov shot from the blueline that weaved through traffic out in front of Kahkonen.

The Sharks pulled Kahkonen with 2:30 to play, which setup the hat trick for Zadorov, who sent a shot the length of the ice for his 14th of the season to seal the game. Game Notes:

* A bit of the Flames future was on display, as prospect goaltender Dustin Wolf and right wing Matt Coronato made their NHL debuts. Wolf was born in Gilroy, and spent parts of two season playing for the Flames minor affiliate in Stockton. Before that he played locally in the Golden State Elite youth program.

* Goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen set a career high in saves with 46.

* Referee Chris Rooney sustained a left arm injury midway through the game when a puck off the stick of Henry Thrun hit him. Wes McCauley was forced to officiate without his partner for about 8 minutes, while Rooney was tended to by the medical staff. .

* Jacob Peterson finished with a -3 on the night. Five other Sharks finished with -2 nights.

* Every FLames skater had at least 1 shot on goal in the game. Tyler Toffoli led the Flames with 7 of Calgary's 49 shots.


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1 2 3 T
SJ 1 0 0 1
CGY 0 1 2 3
1st period - 1, SJ, Gregor 9 (Simek), 10:26.
2nd period - 2, CGY, Zadorov 12 (Mangiapane, Backlund), 13:36.
3rd period - 3, CGY, Zadorov 13 (Weegar, Kadri), 4:01. 4, CGY, Zadorov 14 (unassisted), 19:00, (en).
1st period - Coronato, CGY (hooking), 18:43.
2nd period - Lucic, CGY (delay of game - puck over glass), 3:36.
3rd period - Zetterlund, SJ (holding), 6:16.
Shots Saves
SJ - Kahkonen 48 46
SJ - empty net 1 0
CGY - Wolf 24 23
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 9 4 11 24
CGY 14 12 23 49
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 2
CGY 0 of 1
3 Stars of the Game
Nikita Zadorov
Dustin Wolf
Matt Coronato
Scotiabank Saddledome - 17,211
Referees: #5 Chris Rooney, #4 Wes McCauley. Linesmen: #79 Kiel Murchison, #96 David Brisebois.

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