- On Tuesday, the San Jose Sharks defeated the Calgary Flames 4-3, with Logan Couture scoring the game-winning goal in the third period 28 seconds apart.
- After allowing a couple of early goals, Sharks goaltender James Reimer settled in and finished with 28 saves. He now has a 17-13-6 record.
- Reimer made a great glove stop on Gaudreau, attempting to score his 30th goal of the season and 200th of his career.
On Tuesday, the San Jose Sharks defeated the Calgary Flames 4-3, with Logan Couture scoring the game-winning goal 28 seconds apart in the third period.
San Jose also got goals from Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Timo Meier, and Alexander Barabanov (28-27-8). When the Sharks play in Edmonton on Thursday, they’ll be looking to complete a two-game road trip to Alberta.
Calgary (38-17-8) lost in regulation for only the second time in their last 19 games, with Johnny Gaudreau, Dillon Dube, and Mikael Backlund scoring (15-2-2). Matthew Tkachuk contributed two assists.
It’s also the first time the Flames have lost in regulation this season after leading heading into the third period (31-1-2).
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Sharks goaltender James Reimer settled in after allowing a couple of early goals, finishing with 28 saves. He now has a record of 17-13-6.
Jacob Markstrom had 34 saves on the other end, but his record fell to 29-12-7.
San Jose tied the game at 11:07 of the third period when Tomas Hertl worked the puck out front to Barabanov, who was wide open, and he snapped a shot inside the post for his 10th goal.
On a defensive zone turnover, the game-winning goal was scored. Sasha Chmelevski was hit in the skate by Blake Coleman’s pass attempt off the sideboards, which darted to Noah Gregor. Couture scored on the rebound after Gregor’s shot was blocked.
The Flames applied heavy pressure in the final minutes with the goalie pulled but could not get the puck past Reimer.
When Sharks defenceman Erik Karlsson turned the puck over to Gaudreau on the ensuing two-on-one, Gaudreau set up Backlund, who went to his backhand to slip the puck through Reimer’s pads, the Flames took a 3-1 lead.
When Gaudreau was granted a penalty shot at 14:59 of the second period after being hooked from behind by Brent Burns, the Flames had a great chance to go up by three.
Gaudreau, who was attempting to score his 30th goal of the season and 200th of his career, was stopped by Reimer on a great glove stop.
The Sharks cut the deficit to one goal less than 3 minutes later when Meier got the puck in the corner, spun, as well as whipped a shot from a sharp angle past Markstrom and into the net for his team-leading 27th goal.
Calgary got off to a quick start, scoring on their first power play at 4:17 of the game.
Gaudreau stopped his skate, kicked to his stick, and fired under the crossbar after Tkachuk sent out a diagonal pass from the left point to the right faceoff circle.
At 8:16, Dube beat Reimer from the slot to put the Flames up 2-0. Tkachuk lent a hand.
Dube has benefited from head coach Darryl Sutter’s recent line changes, moving up to play with Tkachuk as well as Backlund. He had been a healthy scratch for 3 games in a row earlier in March while playing on the fourth line.
Dube has four points (two goals, two assists) in his last four games after averaging the same totals in his previous 24.
Vlasic scored an unassisted goal 14:54 into the game, keeping the puck in at the blue line and flinging a wrist shot that seemed to catch Markstrom off guard.
Source: Global News
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