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Sharks rally back, lose 6-5 in shootout

The San Jose Sharks played their divisional rivals, the Calgary Flames on February 11th, 2016 in the SAP Center, home of the San Jose Sharks. The Calgary Flames head into the game with a (24-25-3) record and were desperate for two points to gain on their divisional rivals for a chance of making the playoffs. The Flames were coming in with a two game winning streak after beating the Vancouver Canuck’s 4-1 and the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3. Calgary, 6th in the Pacific Division needed to clinch two points to help put them back in the race for a playoff spot.

The San Jose Sharks were coming into the game with a (28-20-4) record and were in second in the Pacific Division with sixty-one points. The Sharks were fresh off a 2-0 shutout win over the Chicago Blackhawk’s. The San Jose Sharks started goaltender Alex Stalock who hasn’t played since January 18th where he played the Ottawa Senator’s in a 4-3 overtime loss. Stalock gave up three goals on seventeen shots and would look to redeem himself.

The San Jose Sharks were trying to bounce back after their earlier start to the year with their terrible performances at home. The Sharks were (10-12-2) at home going into the game and were looking to pick up two points in the Shark Tank.

The first period was doom and gloom for the Sharks. Sam Bennett scored 4:18 into the game to give the Flames the lead. A 1:06 later, Mark Giordano would tally another goal for the Calgary Flames to give them an early 2-0 lead. But hope wasn’t all lost for San Jose as Tommy Wingels would put the Sharks on the board to give them some momentum. But the Flames wouldn’t let up as Sean Monahan and Mikael Backlund would lift the Calgary lead to a whopping 4-1 score in the first period.

San Jose wouldn’t let up in the second period as they’d gain some life. :48 seconds into the second period and Logan Couture would capture his 5th goal of the season. Patrick Marleau would also get a goal off an assist from Joe Thornton to cut the lead to one goal. San Jose was gaining momentum, slowly but surely.

In the third period, the Sharks wouldn’t let up as Joonas Donskoi would tie the game at 4-4. 3:06 later, the Sharks would take their first lead of the game on a goal by Dylan DeMelo. But the momentum the Sharks gained wasn’t enough to secure their lead as Kris Russell would tie the game on a power-play goal. Late in the game, Flames goaltender Kari Ramo suffered an injury late in the game and Jonas Hiller would take over. Hiller helped the Flames kill a late 5 on 3 as the Sharks couldn’t capitalize on their chances.

The overtime would feature some chances but would result in a shootout. Jiri Hudler would score the winning shootout goal in the fourth round to win the game for the Calgary Flames putting them to a three game winning streak. The Sharks made a miraculous comeback but just fell short of picking up the two points. Despite the Sharks out-shooting the Flames 42-22, the lack of Sharks netminding was the ultimate cause in the San Jose Sharks loss.

 

Sources used : https://www.nhl.com/gamecenter/cgy-vs-sjs/2016/02/11/2015020817#game=2015020817,game_state=final,game_tab=boxscore

 

 

 

 

 

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