Forward Michael Cammalleri's shootout winner continued Calgary's
trend of making its mark on the Stanley Cup playoff chase, as the
Flames came up with a come-from-behind, 2-1 shootout victory over
the Pacific Division-leading San Jose Sharks on Monday night.
Cammalleri had his point-scoring streak snapped at seven games, but
was the lone successful marksman in the shootout before an announced
Scotiabank Saddledome sellout crowd of 19,289.
"It's a fun time for us right now," said Flames forward Joe
Colborne, whose second-period goal tied the score at 1. "We're
having a good time and enjoying playing the spoiler right now. Every
game is an opportunity to grow.
"We're trying to treat this as our playoffs. Hopefully, in years to
come, it will be that we're fighting with them for a conference lead
or a division lead."
The upside for the Sharks is they clinched a playoff spot for the
10th consecutive season. However, they have bigger aims: the top
spot in the Pacific Division, maybe even the Western Conference and
possibly the overall standings.
"Our goal is two points," San Jose center James Sheppard said. "We
clinched a spot but that was coming anyways."
Sheppard opened the scoring late in the first period, taking
advantage of a lucky break when the puck hit him the back, leaving
Flames goalie Karri Ramo with no idea where it went and without a
However, Calgary regrouped after being outplayed in the first period
and drew even late in the second period. Colborne converted a feed
from rookie defenseman Tyler Wotherspoon.
"We played the total team game," Flames coach Bob Hartley said. "I
know that Karri Ramo played well, brought us some big saves at the
right time, but to pick one player of the game tonight, we could
have a long list. I felt that it was a real solid team effort."
Ramo, in just his second start since missing seven weeks due to a
knee injury, ended up stopping 33 shots, plus all three he faced in
the shootout. He kept the Flames in the game through a first period
in which the visitors held an 18-8 edge in shots on goal.
"He was the backbone of our team tonight," Wotherspoon said. "He
made some big stops when we needed it and carried it along the way."
Ramo denied left winger Patrick Marleau, center Joe Pavelski and
Sheppard in the shootout.
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It was the 43rd one-goal game of the season for the Flames
(30-35-7), whose franchise record for clashes that close is 45.
Goalie Alex Stalock stopped center Jiri Hudler and Colborne in the
shootout for the Sharks, and he made 26 saves in all. San Jose
(46-18-9) leads the league in shootout wins but has lost two in a
row to fall to 10-7 on the season in the tiebreaking skills
"We were like a yo-yo, I thought," coach Todd McLellan said. "We
were very good in the first and had a good game plan and executed
it. In the second, I said to our guys we were like lab rats. We
wanted to try a new way and see if it would work, and obviously it
didn't. In the third, we got back to it. We wasted 20 good minutes
turning pucks over and playing in our end. A lot of energy was
expended in that second period just to survive and get pucks out.
"It would've been nice to get the two points, obviously we're in a
heck of a race for other things, so that's a little bit
disappointing, but we have to move on."
NOTES: San Jose C Logan Couture limped to the room after blocking a
shot late in the first period, missed 10 minutes of the second
period, took one shift, then left for good. Sharks coach Todd
McLellan said Couture was fine after the game, although the center
is not expected to play Tuesday in Edmonton. ... Before the puck
dropped on Monday's action, the Flames had the distinction of having
scored the most goals of any NHL team since the March 5 trade
deadline. Calgary managed 39 goals in 10 games before facing the
Sharks, an impressive run for a team that was near the bottom of the
league in scoring prior to the deadline. By way of comparison, the
Boston Bruins, the NHL's hottest team, scored 37 in their 11 games
since the trade deadline ... San Jose D Brad Stuart returned to
action for the first time since suffering an undisclosed upper-body
injury. To make room for him on the roster, D Matt Tennyson was sent
to the AHL Worcester Sharks ... Flames G Karri Ramo's return from
injury on the weekend prompted the team to send G Joni Ortio back to
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