They’ve lost five straight games, but the Calgary Flames are fortunately hanging around in a very weak Pacific Division. Desperate to get back into the win column, they embarked on a West Coast road trip starting with this game against the San Jose Sharks. Jacob Markstrom got the start in net once again for Calgary, while Kaapo Kahkonen was in net for the Sharks.
The Sharks were brutal defensively all night long. They consistently gave up high danger scoring chances to the Flames, six in the first period alone. The Flames scored first off a nice goal from Tyler Toffoli. He capitalized on a terrible Sharks turnover right into the slot of their own zone, too good an opportunity for Toffoli to miss. However, the Sharks evened things up on a quick power play tally from Timo Meier. It was a tie game after the first period.
It was all Flames from then on. Milan Lucic scored his first goal of the season in the second period. Then, the Flames scored three goals in the opening 2:10 of the third period, two from Elias Lindholm and one from Dillon Dube, to blow the game wide open.
Tomas Hertl made it a 5–2 game, but that’s how it would end. It was a perfect start to the road trip for the Flames who desperately needed a win. The trip continues with a rematch against these same Sharks on Tuesday night.
Charts from the game are below.
|Tyler Toffoli||Unassisted||07:13 | 1st||CGY 1 – 0 SJS|
|Timo Meier (PPG)||Erik Karlsson, Tomas Hertl||11:11 | 1st||CGY 1 – 1 SJS|
|Milan Lucic||Elias Lindholm, Trevor Lewis||06:01 | 2nd||CGY 2 – 1 SJS|
|Elias Lindholm (PPG)||Jonathan Huberdeau, Nazem Kadri||00:16 | 3rd||CGY 3 – 1 SJS|
|Elias Lindholm||Rasmus Andersson, Noah Hanifin||00:35 | 3rd||CGY 4 – 1 SJS|
|Dillon Dube||Nazem Kadri, Tyler Toffoli||02:10 | 3rd||CGY 5 – 1 SJS|
|Tomas Hertl (PPG)||Logan Couture, Erik Karlsson||07:56 | 3rd||CGY 5 – 2 SJS|
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