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Flames collect seventh straight win at home with 4-2 victory over San Jose

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB -- Mikael Backlund had a goal and an assist and Karri Ramo made 31 saves to give the Calgary Flames a 4-2 win against the San Jose Sharks at Scotiabank Saddledome on Tuesday.

Markus Granlund, Sean Monahan and Michael Frolik scored for the Flames (11-14-2), who have won seven in a row at home. Its Calgary's longest home win streak since winning eight straight from Feb. 23 - March 27, 2013.

Chris Tierney and Joe Thornton scored for the Sharks (14-13-0), who have lost four straight games and five of six since sweeping a six-game road trip.

Sharks forward Logan Couture, playing his first game since Oct. 15 after missing the past 23 games because of a fractured right fibula, had 12:38 of ice time and had an assist on Thornton's goal.

Frolik scored 2:27 into the second period, batting a rebound off Backlund's initial shot out of mid-air and over San Jose starting goalie Martin Jones to give the Flames a 3-2 lead.

Monahan beat Jones for his second of the game at 3:26 of the second period, but Sharks coach Peter DeBoer successfully challenged that Monahan was offside prior to the goal.

Jones, who allowed three goals on 11 shots, was replaced by Alex Stalock after the challenge.

Calgary doubled their lead at 8:59. Backlund took a pass from captain Mark Giordano in the slot and beat Stalock glove side with a shot off the post to put the Flames up 4-2.

Thornton hit the crossbar at 7:36 of the third, and Flames defenceman Deryk Engelland dove to block a wraparound attempt by Dainius Zubrus at 11:39 to keep Calgary up two.

The Flames scored on their first shot for the second straight game. Off the rush, Calgary forward Jiri Hudler slowed up before sending a cross-slot pass to Granlund, whose quick shot beat Jones over the shoulder to put Calgary up 1-0 at 1:45 of the first.

San Jose tied the game 1-1 at 4:31. Ramo stopped both Zubrus' initial backhand and Joonas Donskoi's rebound before Tierney scored on the third chance.

The two teams each scored power-play goals in the first period. Monahan redirected Giordano's slap-pass between Jones' legs at 8:07, and Thornton deflected Patrick Marleau's point shot by Ramo at 11:02. Flames coach Bob Hartley used his challenge, contending that Thornton had interfered with Ramo, but a review upheld the call on the ice.

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