San Jose Finishes 2016-17 Season On A Winning Note in 3-1 win over the Flames

April 8, 2017

NHL, San Jose Sharks

San Jose Sharks goalie Aaron Dell (30) and defenseman Paul Martin (7) celebrate after the Sharks defeated the Calgary Flames 3-1 in an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, April 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

San Jose Finishes 2016-17 Season On A Winning Note

By Barbara Mason

SAN JOSE–Well we’ve made through another regular season, riding the highs and lows that those 82 games brought. It was a thrill a minute at times and downright disheartening at others but the bottom line is that the San Jose Sharks are heading into another post-season. Less than a month ago the Sharks could do no wrong leading their Pacific division by as many as 9 points and showing no signs of slowing down. Were the signs there? Was there something that was missed because when it all seemed to be going so beautifully, the team came to a crashing roadblock with less than stellar defense, an offensive letdown and a power play that went down the drain along with the power kill. The shoe-in Sharks dropped into 3rd place in the division bidding adieu to home ice advantage. They have been having a terrible time with Anaheim, Edmonton and the Flames of late; not a good thing.

Saturday night’s game against the Flames could prove to be a real ho hum affair. A win or loss will not affect the final pairings–it’s just nice to win and there could be some momentum to build off of. More than likely Coach DeBoer will sit some of his players avoiding any possible injury heading into he playoffs and the Flames will likely do exactly the same.

The one Superstar that did take the ice was probable defensive player of the year Brent Burns. The near capacity crowd were the happy recipients of a Brent Burns bobble head along with more prizes than you could shake a stick on this fan appreciation night. Despite missing the likes of Thornton, Couture, Pavelski, Ward, Braun, Hertl and Jones, fans had a great time at this final regular game of the 2016-17 season. The lucky winners of the player jerseys will no doubt never forget meeting and greeting the players after the game as they were presented with their prizes.

There would be no goals in the first period and San Jose was able to kill three penalties having a nice defensive game. Shots on goal were few and far between; San Jose with 5 and the Flames with 6. Shark goalie Aaron Dell had some great saves.

At 4:38 in the second period the Sharks would light up the night with a goal off the stick of Chris Tierney for a 1-0 lead and his 11th goal of the season. He was assisted by Jannik Hansen. At 9:15 San Jose would go on the power play, their first of the game. Although they were unable to cash in on the power play, San Jose would take a 2-0 lead when Mikkel Boedker scored his 10th goal of the season at 18:07. He was assisted by Barclay Goodrow and Chris Tierney. The Sharks came very close to taking that 2-0 lead into the locker room at the break. With 6 seconds left on the clock the Flames would score to pull within one goal. Curtis Lazar scored his first goal of the season. Shots on goal had picked up; San Jose with 17 and Calgary with 15. Again both goalies were having a nice game with some incredible saves.

The third period opened with some tremendous saves by San Jose goalie Aaron Dell. The Sharks are indeed fortunate to have two goalies of such a high caliber. The score would remain 2-1 until mid-way through the period at 11:25 when Daniel O’Regan would celebrate his first NHL goal, a power play goal. The final was 3-1.

The Sharks will now have to wait for the outcome of the Anaheim/Los Angeles to be played Sunday to learn who they will play first round in the post season. San Jose finishes the 2016-17 season with a better record than they did last year. It looks to be another exciting post-season as San Jose awaits their first round opponent next week.

 

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