San Jose Sharks Friday game wrap: Calgary goals in second period send Sharks down in Flames 5-2

March 31, 2017

NHL, San Jose Sharks

Calgary Flames goalie Brian Elliott, top, makes a save against San Jose Sharks’ Melker Karlsson, of Sweden, during the second period of an NHL hockey game Friday, March 31, 2017, in Calgary, Alberta. (Larry MacDougal/The Canadian Press via AP)

By Barbara Mason

Last night everything pointed towards a return to Shark hockey as San Jose took on the Edmonton Oilers. Scoring the first goal of the game barely one minute into the first period it looked like the Sharks were back to the form that kept them in first place of the Western division for weeks. When it seemed like a go, the Black and Teal started to decline and the team ended up losing to the Oilers giving Edmonton second place in the division while the Sharks slipped into third place.

Friday night the Sharks took on the Calgary Flames hoping to turn things around with the playoffs just around the corner. With a win, the Flames will book a spot in the playoffs so they had everything to play for. The Flames played like a team with an agenda scoring first at 12:26. Johnny Gaudreau had his 18th goal of the season assisted by Sam Bennett for the early 1-0 lead. The period would come to an end with Calgary holding onto the slim lead.

The second period would prove to be the Sharks undoing with Calgary scoring three times. At 3:39 Sean Monahan would score to give Calgary a 2-0 lead. San Jose would cut that lead in half when Marc-Edouard Vlasic scored his 6th goal of the season. Assisted by Marcus Sorensen and Michael Haley, the Sharks were looking to tie up the game. It just wasn’t in the cards. At 12:38 Matt Stajan would score his 6th goal of the season for a 3-1 lead. The Flames would strike again at 17:09 taking a 4-1 lead off the stick of Alex Chiasson and it would be an up hill battle for San Jose.

The only third period score by San Jose would come off the stick of Melker Karlsson at 13:06 for his 11th goal of the season. He was assisted by Paul Martin and Joe Pavelski for a 4-2 score. The Flames would seal the deal at 19:26 when Sam Bennett would score his 12th goal of the season, an empty net goal for the 5-2 final. Calgary was back in the pre-season.

What has happened to the elite team that we have seen all year? Will San Jose be able to come out of this funk in time? Will the Sharks be able to clean up their defense? A lot to be answered before they take on their first round opponent in the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Sharks are giving up far too many scoring opportunities. The Black and Teal have to be suffering considerable frustration. It’s almost inexplicable. With only 4 games left in the regular season, the Sharks have to find their game. They have struggled mightily against all of the teams in the post-season which is ominous.

We have gone from talking about home ice advantage to wild card. There has been absolutely no puck luck for the Sharks. That’s just the way it goes sometimes in the hockey world. San Jose will next take on on the Canucks on Sunday. The puck drops at 4:00 PM.




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