San Jose, CA, United States (4E Sports) – Joe Pavelski scored a pair of power-play goals and Patrick Marleau added another as the San Jose Sharks defeated the Calgary Flames, 6-3, Saturday at SAP Center.
Brent Burns, Scott Hannan and Logan Couture also scored while Antti Niemi stopped 16 of 19 shots for his 100th victory as a member of the Sharks (7-0-1), who remain as the NHL’s only team without a loss in regulation.
“We came out fast and got going. We got the lead and the power play answered at the times we needed it to,” said Pavelski, who added two assists for a career-high four points.
The Sharks made the Flames pay for their parade to the penalty box, converting three of nine penalty plays, while Calgary went 1-for-6 on power plays.
“It was huge tonight getting three on the PP,” said captain Joe Thornton. “That was huge especially in the third when they got those two quick goals on us, to come back and respond and get that fifth goal was huge”.
Rookie Sean Monahan knocked in a power-play goal in the second period for his fifth goal of the season while Mikael Backlund and Jiri Hudler scored in the third period for the Flames (3-2-2), who lost back-to-back games for the first time this season.
In his second start of the season, Karri Ramo stopped 30 of 35 shots for the Flames.
“This is by far the best team we’ve played, but at the same time this is by far our worst game,” Calgary coach Bob Hartley said. “We made some bad decisions when we went to the box for a few unnecessary reasons.”
Burns gave the Sharks a 1-0 lead 59 seconds into the game, taking a pass in front of the net from Pavelski and beating Ramo from point-blank range.
Hannan made it 2-0 with 53 seconds left in the first period with his second goal of the season before Monahan trimmed the lead to 2-1 at 3:01 of the second period.
However, the Sharks answered with two power-play goals in the second and took a 4-1 lead heading into the final period.
The Flames cut the lead to 4-3 after goals by Backlund and Hudler but Pavelski gave the Sharks some breathing room at 9:38 with his second power-play goal of the game.
Couture scored an empty-netter from far beyond the blue line with 1:22 left to play for the Sharks, who have scored a league-high 39 goals.