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Flames edged by Sharks on Monday

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB -- Brent Burns and Joe Thornton each had a goal and an assist to help the San Jose Sharks to a 5-4 win against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome on Monday.

Joonas Donskoi, Logan Couture and Joel Ward scored for the Sharks (20-18-2), who have 14 road wins this season. Only the Washington Capitals, with 16, have more. Martin Jones made 31 saves.

Sean Monahan, Dennis Wideman, Sam Bennett and Micheal Ferland scored, and Karri Ramo made 13 saves for the Flames (19-20-2). Calgary has lost four of the past five games at home since winning 11 in a row, the longest streak in Flames history.

Burns broke a 3-3 tie on the power play at 5:12 of the third period. With Flames forward Mikael Backlund in the penalty box, Burns one-timed a backdoor pass from Patrick Marleau by Ramo.

Ward put San Jose up 5-3 at 10:21 with a centering pass redirected off Flames defenceman Mark Giordano and behind Ramo.

Ferland cut the lead to 5-4 with a power play goal with 3:41 remaining, after Dougie Hamilton's point shot hit Backlund and Ferland before getting behind Jones.

Jones made three saves in the final two minutes, including back-to-back saves on Ferland and Monahan, to preserve the win.

Thornton scored on San Jose's third shot of the game. At Calgary's blue line, he forced Flames forward Joe Colborne into a turnover before taking a quick return pass from Joe Pavelski and beating Ramo with a deke to put the Sharks up 1-0 at 5:07.

San Jose doubled the lead at 9:27. With a delayed penalty coming to Calgary, Donskoi redirected Brenden Dillon's slap pass from the point behind Ramo to give the Sharks a 2-0 lead.

Monahan cut the lead to 2-1. Johnny Gaudreau hit the crossbar, and the rebound hit Ferland's skate and bounced to Monahan, who sent a quick shot by Jones at 13:45.

Couture scored his first goal of the season at 1:53 of the second period to put San Jose back up by two. Couture picked off a pass from Backlund in Calgary's zone, and spun out from behind the net and let go a shot that went off a skate and behind Ramo.

Power-play goals 15 seconds apart helped Calgary rally from a two-goal deficit.

With Mike Brown serving a double minor for high sticking and Burns in the penalty box for tripping to give the Flames a 5-on-3, Wideman sent a quick shot that beat Jones' blocker at 11:12. Still with the man-advantage, Bennett's wrist shot got past Jones at 11:27 to tie the game 3-3.

The goal was Bennett's first in 18 games.

The Sharks finish their two-game road trip against the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday.

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