CALGARY, Alberta (AP) – Logan Couture’s goal in the third period proved to be the winner, and the San Jose Sharks beat the Calgary Flames 4-1 Tuesday night.
Tomas Hertl and Jonathan Dahlen added empty net goals and Alexander Barabanov also scored for San Jose. Brent Burns had two assists.
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Sharks goalkeeper Adin Hill, who played minor and junior A hockey in Calgary, stopped 37 shots.
Calgary’s streak of earning at least one point was stopped at 10 games. The Flames lost in regulation for the first time since their season opener.
Milan Lucic scored for Calgary (7-2-3). Jacob Markstrom made 22 saves in the loss.
San Jose was without head coach Bob Boughner for a fifth game in a row because he is in the COVID-19 protocol.
Seven regular players, including star defender Erik Karlsson, are also in their second week of protocol. As a result, several players were called up from the AHL’s Barracuda.
The Sharks have stated that all players and staff are fully vaccinated against the virus. Assistant coach John MacLean fills in for Boughner.
San Jose is 3-1-1 since Boughner and the players went into the protocol.
“Even though we have a ton of different guys in the ranks right now, they were in camp. They know how our coaching staff wants us to play, how we want to win matches,” Couture said.
“Everyone has bought into this group. Tonight was certainly not a masterpiece, but we defended hard. We did the right things. We found a way to get two goals and kept them to one.
“Extremely proud of the guys who have come up and guys who are fighting through. You see a ton of blocked shots for guys and they do not feel too big but willing to sacrifice themselves to win hockey games right now.”
The Flames did not score on three power-play chances. The Sharks failed to score twice with a man advantage.
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Couture gave the Sharks a 2-1 lead of 4:18 in the third period. When the captain’s wrist shot hit Flames defender Nikita Zadarov’s stick, the puck’s speed change caught Markstrom sliding too far to the right to glove it.
Calgary hit the post twice in the second period, which ended 1-1.
Andrew Mangiapane’s wrist deflected the high post in the final seconds, and Matthew Tkachuk’s redirection of a Noah Hanifin shot midway through the period also hit iron.
But Lucic scored in a fold 1:17 inside the period, pulling Calgary straight with 1-all. The goal was maintained by review and also withstood MacLean’s subsequent challenge for goalkeeper intervention.
“We found ways this year to hit goalkeepers and get ourselves leading and burying our chances, and we were not able to do that tonight,” Lucic said.
San Jose Barabanov scored his first goal of the season 47 seconds inside the second period. From behind San Jose’s goal line, Burns whipped the puck up to Barabanov on the move on the blue line. The Russian struck a low shot from Markstrom. Burns extended his scoring streak to five games with one goal and six assists during that period.
Calgary surpassed San Jose 8-4 in the first period.
“I thought we had better of them than number two,” Flames head coach Darryl Sutter said. “I’m sure we thought we could continue that and they came out with a little jump more. Who scored the winner there? Was it Couture? Logan, the guys played a lot and they were probably better than our best guys tonight. “
San Jose: At the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday in the second game on a five-game turn.
Calgary: In the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday for the start of a seven-game tour.
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