Sharks take overtime loss to Flames, 3-2

Sharks take overtime loss to Flames, 3-2
March 14, 2012, 4:08 am
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CALGARY Matt Stajan scored in overtime to give the Calgary Flames a 3-2 win over the Sharks at the Saddledome on Tuesday night.

San Jose tied the game at 2-2 early in the third period on Logan Coutures 30th goal and second of the night.

On a Sharks power play, Couture alertly kept the puck in at the blue line, and gave it to Joe Thornton. The captain found Patrick Marleau at the side of the net, and Marleau patiently waited for Couture to get position in the slot for an easy marker at 1:22.

The Flames took the valuable extra point after Matt Stajan converted a two-on-one rush in overtime with 39.7 seconds left. Stajan began the rush by blocking a Dan Boyle shot in the Calgary defensive zone after the Sharks won the faceoff.

The Sharks ended their four-game road trip with a 1-1-2 mark, and host Nashville on Thursday in the first of three straight home games.

The Sharks saw a 1-0 lead evaporate in the second period.

Sven Baertschi deposited a loose puck at 5:46, shortly after the Flames had killed off more than four minutes of leftover Sharks power play time from a Curtis Glencross elbowing major late in the first.

Late in the second, Flames defenseman Mark Giordano stepped out of the penalty box to intercept an outlet pass by Marc-Edouard Vlasic. He skated the puck across the blue line before a cross-ice pass to Jarome Iginla, who buried a one-timer at 18:27 to make it 2-1 at the intermission.

The Sharks had a glorious opportunity to increase their 1-0 lead on the power play after the penalty Glencross, with four and a half minutes and a fresh sheet of ice to start the second. They didnt generate much, though, except for a shot from the circle by Patrick Marleau that was stopped by Miikka Kiprusoff.

The Flames had scored first in 11 straight games, but that streak ended early in the first period.

Thornton slipped the puck back to Brent Burns high in the offensive zone, and the defenseman shot on net. Kiprusoff left a big rebound to Couture, and the Sharks leading scorer converted just 53 seconds into the game.

The Sharks were forced to kill off three minor penalties later in the period, the last of which was cut short by an Olli Jokinen trip on Marleau.

Antti Niemi made 19 saves to suffer the loss in his eighth straight start.

Things got heated late in the first. Jason Demers cleanly hit Glencross in the Flames offensive zone, and the Calgary forward got up and retaliated by elbowing Demers into the corner glass. That earned him a five-minute major and game misconduct at 19:31. Ryane Clowe dropped the gloves with Guillaume Desbiens immediately following the hit.

The Sharks were without forward Tommy Wingels, who suffered an upper body injury against Edmonton on Monday that is not head related. Brad Winchester was reinserted back into the lineup and played on the fourth line, while TJ Galiardi took Wingels place on the third line.
Odds and ends: Logan Couture became first player in Sharks history to score 30-plus goals in each of his first two full NHL seasons. With his assist in the first period, Thornton became the 22nd NHL player with at least eight 50-plus assist seasons. Among active players, only Jaromir Jagr has more (nine). Colin White, Jim Vandermeer and Michal Handzus were the Sharks healthy scratches. Marty Havlat remains out.