Flames force overtime but fall 3-2 to Sharks
CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames' comeback bid fell just short.
Despite being outshot 28-6 after two periods, the Flames struck twice in a 3:34 span in the third period to force overtime before eventually falling 3-2 to the San Jose Sharks at Scotiabank Saddledome on Tuesday.
Though the Flames (6-9-3) earned a point in the contest, the setback pushes Calgary’s losing streak to four games.
Trailing 2-0 after two minutes, Kris Russell struck on the power play to put the Flames on the board in the third.
With Justin Braun whistled for interference, Russell corralled Sean Monahan’s faceoff win, eluded Sharks forward Joe Thornton and blasted a shot by Sharks starter Alex Stalock at 6:51. The goal snapped an 0-for-30 drought on the power play.
Mike Cammalleri, with his eighth of the season, pulled Calgary even with San Jose at 10:25. Thornton blocked Chris Butler’s initial shot but the rebound skipped to Cammalleri in the slot, who slid a backhand under Stalock to tie the game.
Just 1:13 into overtime, Thornton’s shot hit Brad Stuart’s elbow and beat Reto Berra to ruin both Calgary’s comeback and the keeper’s strong performance.
In his first career game at Scotiabank Saddledome, Berra kept the Flames in the game through the first 40 minutes, making 26 saves through two periods.
But just 1:32 into the game, the Sharks got on the board courtesy a Logan Couture wrist shot that beat Calgary’s starter from the left circle.
San Jose added another just six seconds into a Matt Stajan minor for interference. After Thornton won the ensuing faceoff draw back to Joe Pavelski he fed Patrick Marleau, who snapped a shot that beat Berra to the blocker.
The 26-year-old Swiss goaltender was flawless in the second period, making 11 saves, including back-to-back stops off James Sheppard with seven minutes remaining. He also denied both John McCarthy and Marleau on consecutive odd-man rushes to close out the middle frame.
GOAL OF THE GAME
Just five seconds into a power play, Russell whistled a puck by the glove of a screened Stalock at 6:51 of the third period to kick-start Calgary’s comeback.
SAVE OF THE GAME
Down 2-0 with just under seven minutes remaining in the second period, Berra made back-to-back saves off James Sheppard’s initial shot and rebound from in close to keep the Flames within striking distance.
Thornton’s shot just 1:13 into overtime hit Stuart and bounced by Berra to give the Sharks their first win in the month of November.
QUOTE OF THE GAME
“In the first period, we didn't see our team at all. I told (assistant coach) Marty Gelinas, should I change my lines and he said yes. I started looking and I couldn't find three guys that I felt that had decent energy to get going.”
-Coach Bob Hartley
STAT OF THE GAME
For the third consecutive game, the Flames faced a team’s backup. Calgary played against Brian Elliott (St Louis Blues) and Jean-Sebastien Giguere (Colorado Avalanche) before facing off against Stalock.
Tim Jackman, Max Reinhart and Shane O’Brien were healthy scratches for the Flames against Dallas. Curtis Glencross (MCL sprain), Mark Giordano (broken ankle) and Christopher Breen (abdominal wall strain) all missed the game due to injury.
The Flames continue a three-game home stand on Thursday when Calgary hosts the Dallas Stars at Scotiabank Saddledome (7 p.m. MT, SNET-Flames).