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Sharks aim to bounce back in Calgary

by Brian Compton
SHARKS (26-14-6) at FLAMES (23-20-6)


Last 10: San Jose 5-3-2; Calgary 5-4-1.

Season Series: This is the second of four meetings between the teams. San Jose earned a 2-1 shootout victory last Tuesday at HP Pavilion.

Big Story: The Sharks may have suffered a huge blow during Monday night's 2-1 shootout loss at Edmonton. Early in the third period, Oilers forward Ales Hemsky got into a knee-on-knee collision with San Jose defenseman Brent Burns, who needed to be helped off of the ice. Hemsky was given a kneeing major on the play.

"I tried to go down the wall and it was just a reaction play," Burns said. "It didn't feel too good on my part. I knew it wasn't good right away. I thought I was going to throw up.

"I don't know how bad it is yet. It happens. It's a quick game. I've been on the other end of these. It happens so quick. It's not his fault."

Team Scope:

Sharks: San Jose threw everything but the kitchen sink at Edmonton goaltender Devan Dubnyk on Monday night, but Dubnyk was downright sensation in a 44-save performance through overtime. He then denied all three Sharks in the shootout and Taylor Hall tallied the shootout winner against Thomas Greiss to give the Oilers a 2-1 victory.

San Jose has now lost three in a row (0-2-1).

"It seemed like we spent an awful lot of time in their end, but you still need to score the goals," said Sharks forward Logan Couture, who tallied the club's lone goal Monday night. "We're frustrated right now. We are playing all right, but you still need to find a way to win games like this. We need the points right now. We haven't been getting the wins lately. We got a point tonight, but I would have rather had two. We're having a tough time scoring goals right now."

Flames: Calgary will be looking to make it three in a row Tuesday night. After disposing of the Los Angeles Kings in a 2-1 shootout victory last Thursday, the Flames followed it up with a 6-2 win at Edmonton on Saturday night. Lee Stempniak recorded his second career hat trick in the victory and helped Calgary improve to 5-1-1 over its last seven games.

"I was the recipient of a couple of good plays and it feels good to score in a win," said Stempniak, who had only one goal in his previous 20 games. "It was a big game for us and it was nice to be able to contribute like that. It's a relief to get some goals. Hopefully that is the start, and I can get rolling off of this."

Who's Hot: Couture has 3 goals in his last two games and leads the Sharks with 21 tallies this season. … Flames captain Jarome Iginla has 3 points (1 goal, 2 assists) in his last three games.

Injury Report: Besides Burns, the Sharks are likely to be without Tommy Wingels (upper body), Ryane Clowe (nose) and Martin Havlat (hamstring). … Calgary is missing Curtis Glencross (knee), Derek Smith (ankle), Alex Tanguay (undisclosed), David Moss (foot) and Henrik Karlsson (knee).

Stat Pack: Couture's goal Monday night was his 100th NHL point. … Twenty of Calgary's remaining 33 games will be played on home ice.

Puck Drop: "We know how important the points are the rest of the way in and we want to play consistently hard hockey. We played well on this road trip, and if we can continue to do that and play as well as we have at home, I think we are going to set ourselves up nicely. Everyone is keeping their eyes on the standings right now. There aren't going to be any easy games from here on out." -- Flames forward Blake Comeau

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