The San Jose Sharks defeated the Calgary Flames by the final score of 6-3 in what was a penalty filled affair. The Sharks did well to capitalize on their opportunities by scoring three times in nine attempts with the man-advantage, while the Flames once scored once on six chances. The difference in special teams would prove to be the deciding factor in the game.
Also, Patrick Marleau once again tallied points during the game, meaning he continued his streak of a point in every game so far this season. In all, he has seven goals and four assists. Those seven goals tie him for the team lead with rookie Tomas Hertl.
The Sharks got off to a strong start once again by scoring less than a minute into the game. This time it was power forward Brent Burns who go the ball rolling for the potent San Jose offense by scoring from point-blank range. This marks the third time the Sharks have scored in the first minute of the game this season.
And, amidst a myriad of penalties in the first period for both teams, the Sharks ended up scoring in the final minute as well, this time on Scott Hannan’s first goal of the season after he shot the puck from the blue line and got a fortunate bounce off of a Flames’ forward.
The second period was all about capitalizing on power play opportunities as all three goals scored were on the power play.
After the Calgary Flames scored to cut the lead in half 2-1, the Sharks answered back with two more goals in the period. Their third goal of the game came on a Joe Pavelski deflection off of a Logan Couture shot, while the fourth was a Patrick Marleau goal after a nice feed from Pavelski across the ice.
In the third the Flames put on a push to try and come back. They scored two goals in the first four minutes of the period to make it 4-3, once short-handed, but that was as close as they got.
At 9:38 of the third period Pavelski scored his second power play goal of the game to put the contest out of reach, and then Logan Couture got an empty net goal to seal the deal late. The Sharks would win the game 6-3.
GGS 3 Stars
1. Joe Pavelski (2 goals, 2 assists)
2. Patrick Marleau (1 goal, 1 assist)
3. Logan Couture (1 goal, 1 assist)