Instant Replay: Sharks extend win streak to four

Instant Replay: Sharks extend win streak to four
January 20, 2014, 10:00 pm
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Patrick Marleau registered his 26th assist of the season in the Sharks' 3-2 win Monday night. (USATI)

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SAN JOSE -- The Calgary Flames were in San Jose on Monday night, but it was Joe Pavelski who remained on fire.

The Sharks’ scorching winger scored another two goals in a 3-2 win, one game after he recorded his first career hat trick on Saturday in Tampa Bay. Pavelski has eight goals in his last six games, leads the Sharks with 27, and is tied for second in the NHL with Anaheim’s Corey Perry. 

Pavelski scored the only goal of the second period, the game-winner, to give the Sharks the lead. It came on the only power play of the game for either team. After Jason Demers swept the puck deeper into the zone, Pavelski, in front of the net, bunted in Joe Thornton’s mid-air pass at 14:54.


The Flames had the territorial edge for the first part of the third period, but Antti Niemi made 11 saves in the final frame after looking shaky through two periods.

San Jose won its fourth in a row in the first of a four-game homestand. 

Some suspect goaltending resulted in a 2-2 tie after the first period. Calgary’s Jiri Hudler made it 1-0 on the Flames’ first shot, turning Brad Stuart around in the corner and cutting to the net to beat Niemi on a backhand inside the far post at 4:08.

The Sharks answered with a pair of goals just 21 seconds apart. First, Pavelski set up in front of the net, got his stick on a Justin Braun shot, and the puck bounded over Karri Ramo and across the goal line at 12:22.


Tommy Wingels’ shot beat Ramo from a bad angle at 12:43, handcuffing the goalie for his 10th of the season.

Niemi let in a bad one of his own at 13:34, though, when he left a fat rebound on a soft Brian McGrattan floater from just inside the blue line that Kevin Westgarth flipped in from between the circles. 

The Flames were playing for the first time since a fight-filled game with Vancouver on Saturday that featured 142 penalty minutes in the first two seconds. Calgary coach Bob Hartley was fined $25,000 by the league shortly before puck drop.

The Sharks have won all three games against Calgary in the season series, with two games remaining at Saddledome. Pavelski has four goals and three assists against the Flames in three games.

San Jose improved to 17-2-3 at home. Calgary is just 2-10-1 in its last 13.

Special teams

Matt Stajan’s second period interference minor led to Pavelski’s second goal.

It was the second time this season the Sharks went an entire game without being down a man (Jan. 5, at Chicago). San Jose has been shorthanded just 128 times, fewest in the NHL.

In goal

Niemi recorded his 26th win. Only Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury has more (27). Overall, Niemi is 12-2-1 in his career against the Flames.

Ramo fell to 8-9-4 on the season and 0-3 career against the Sharks, allowing three goals on 27 shots.

Lineup

Matt Nieto left in the second period after a Dennis Wideman blast hit Wingels’ skate and deflected to Nieto’s face. He returned to start the third.

Flames forward Paul Byron left in the second period after blocking a shot, and did not return.

Mike Brown and Marty Havlat were healthy scratches for San Jose.

Up next

The Sharks continue a four-game homestand with Winnipeg on Thursday, Minnesota on Saturday, and the Kings on Monday, Jan. 27. The Sharks have nine games remaining before the Olympic break, seven of which are at home.