Calgary, AB (SportsNetwork.com) – Patrick Marleau scored the game-winning goal
midway through the third period as the San Jose Sharks extended their winning
streak to four games with a 3-2 victory over the Calgary Flames on Saturday.
Logan Couture and Justin Braun each had a goal and an assist and Tommy Wingels
supplied two helpers for San Jose, which received 33 saves from Antti Niemi.
Mark Giordano and Johnny Gaudreau each scored for the Flames, who had their
four-game winning streak halted. Karri Ramo stopped 27-of-30 shots in defeat.
The Sharks went ahead with 9:18 remaining as Couture’s pass attempt from
behind the net was deflected by the stick of a Flames defender and landed in
the crease, where Marleau whacked it home for a 3-2 lead.
Calgary went on the power play with 1:19 to go and pulled Ramo for a 6-on-4
advantage. The Flames got shots on net, but Niemi stood tall as San Jose held
on for the win.
Giordano stepped into David Jones’ pass from the left circle and blasted a
shot from the point past a screened Niemi for the game’s opening marker with
2:28 to play in the first period.
Braun pounced on a loose puck at the right circle and tied the game with a
backhander 33 seconds into the middle stanza.
San Jose took a 2-1 lead after Couture gathered the puck and moved it from his
forehand to backhand before snapping a shot past Ramo.
Niemi extended his pad to deny Gaudreau of a tip-in, but the electrifying
rookie took the loose puck in the crease and tapped it into the net for a tied
game with 2:11 to play in the second.
Couture now has 19 points in 17 career games against the Flames … Wingels
and Marleau have both registered a point in four straight games … San Jose
is now 6-0-0 with forward Mike Brown in the lineup … Sharks forward Tyler
Kennedy left with an injury early in the first period … The Flames entered
the game with three straight wins against the Sharks.