Calgary scores four times in third period, upends Sharks 7-3

San Jose Sharks defenseman Mario Ferraro (38) and defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic (44) defend against Calgary Flames center Jonathan Huberdeau (10) during the second period at SAP Center in San Jose Tue Dec 20, 2022 (AP News photo)

By Daniel Dullum
Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Tyler Toffoli and Nazem Kadri each scored twice and Jonathan Huberdeau assisted on three goals, as Calgary defeated San Jose 7-3 Tuesday at SAP Center.

It was the second game of a home-and-home series – the Flames beat San Jose 5-2 Sunday night in Calgary.

Calgary improved to 15-12-6, 34 points, and 5th in the Pacific Division. They trail Edmonton by two points in the NHL West Wild Card race. San Jose, 7th in the Pacific, dropped to 10-18-6, 26 points.

Calgary opened the scoring just 15 seconds into the first period on Toffoli’s 12th goal of the season. 15 seconds later, Toffoli assisted on the seventh goal of the season for Dillon Dube, giving the Flames a 2-0 lead.

Nico Sturm put the Sharks on the board at 14:58 of the first period, his ninth, from Timo Meier. A minute later, Sturm and Calgary’s Brett Ritchie were assessed five-minute majors for fighting.

The Flames extended their lead to 3-1 midway through the second period on Trevor Lewis’s seventh goal. San Jose pulled to within 3-2 with 37 seconds left in the period when Alexander Barabanov scored his fourth goal of the season, assisted by Scott Harrington and Matt Nieto.

Meier’s 17 goal of the year, assisted by Erik Karlsson – his 30th, tied the game at 10:04 of the third period. But the Flames went ahead to stay at 10:04 on Kadri’s 12th goal, which blew the game open.

Milan Lucic scored his second goal of the season for Calgary at 16:43, followed by an empty-net tally by Toffoli at 18:22 and Kadri’s second goal of the contest at 18:42.

Jacob Markstrom stopped 24 of San Jose’s 27 shots on goal, while Sharks’ netminder James Reimer gave up six of Calgary’s seven tallies while making 32 saves.

The Sharks host the Minnesota Wild Thursday, with the opening faceoff slated for 7:30 p.m.

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