The San Jose Sharks (11-2-5, 27 points) snapped their five-game losing streak by defeating the Calgary Flames (6-9-3, 15 points) by the final of 3-2 in overtime at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Tuesday.
The Sharks, who have struggled mightily with the lead as of late, were finally able to pull one out though they unfortunately had to go into overtime after squandering yet another third period lead. Also, while Alex Stalock only had to make 11 saves on 13 total Calgary shots, he was very timely in net. He make a few key saves which kept the game tied at 2-2 and allowed the Sharks to regain momentum late in the third period.
The Sharks started out very strong once again and outshot the Flames 17-3 in the first period. That strong start was coupled with an early lead as San Jose scored just a minute and a half into the game on a Logan Couture goal. Couture’s goal came on a rebound after a Patrick Marleau shot. Then, later on at the end of the period on the power play the roles would reverse as this time it was Couture feeding Marleau at the top of the circle who fired a one-time past Calgary netminder Reto Berra. At the end of the first period it was 2-0 Sharks.
We move onto the third period after an eventless second, where the Flames finally got their first power play of the game and made it count. The goal, which was scored by defenseman Kris Russel, came right off the initial draw and just five minutes into their man-advantage Calgary cut San Jose’s lead in half.
Soon after, the Flames scored the game-tying goal when Mike Cammalleri picked up a rebound that went off of a San Jose defenseman and took advantage of Stalock who was out of position from the initial shot. The goal was culmination of a strong offensive push by the Flames who had gotten a jump in their step since they scored their first goal. The Sharks were able to weather the storm, however, and even got a few scoring chances late in regulation before the game went into overtime.
In overtime the Sharks scored yet again, and this time it actually counted. Brad Stuart got his first goal of the season after a Joe Thornton shot hit him in the elbow and found its way by Berra giving the Sharks the win. Credit Stuart for heading to the net to try to create something offensively.
GGS 3 Stars
1. Logan Couture (1 goal, 1 assist)
2. Reto Berra (33 saves)
3. Patrick Marleau (1 goal, 1 assist)