The Sharks came out blazing hot with a very early goal, but seemed to get complacent as they ceded four unanswered goals and failed to beat Ottawa for a sixth consecutive time.
Milan Michalek had some productive years early in his career with the Sharks. None can compare with the season hes having this year with the Senators.
The move makes it all the more likely that the tough-guy forward, who has a facial fracture, will not play until after the All-Star break. More: Sharks video Sharks depth chart
Since the calendar turned to 2012, the San Jose Sharks and Ottawa Senators have been among the two hottest teams in hockey. More: Sharks video Ottawa depth chart
Sharks general manager Doug Wilson on goalie Antero Niittymaki going back to Worcester: "Niitty will play two games, and well go from there.
Martin Havlat and Ryane Clowe are both out for the Sharks. But Todd McLellan is looking at it as an important look at some of the younger players.
Sharks forward Ryane Clowe doesnt have a timeline to return from a fracture in his face, but hinted that he may be sidelined until after the NHL All-Star break at the end of the month.
With Ryane Clowe unavailable, Todd McLellan had to get creative. Enter: Tommy Wingels. Although he didnt register any points, Wingels was effective in playing a career-high 23 minutes and 21 seconds last night.
The Sharks trailed 1-0 entering the third period, but Torrey Mitchell tied it at the 10:44 mark, and the teal ultimately found a way to defeat the Flames in a shootout 2-1. The Sharks are now 6-2 in shootouts this year.
Martin Havlat, injured on Dec. 17, is starting to work out again and even managed to joke a little while on crutches in the Sharks locker room on Tuesday.
There are five games remaining for the Sharks before the NHL breaks for All-Star weekend, and all are against clubs north of the border. It begins tonight at home against the Calgary Flames.
Andrew Desjardins said he felt fine after the game against Columbus, but admitted to feeling some symptoms the next day. More: Video: Byers' hit Flames-Sharks 7 p.m. on CSNCalifornia
The injury to Ryane Clowe is related to Minnesotas Justin Falk checking San Jose's forward face-first into the boards on Jan. 10. More: Sharks stats Flames-Sharks 7 p.m. on CSNCalifornia
A CBC report says Doug Wilson is among NHL GMs "ready to make a move" via a trade to add some depth at wing with Marty Havlat likely out until March.