January 16th, 2017

Dougie Hamilton goal late in the third lifts Flames over Sharks 3-2


By Laurence Heinen, The Canadian Press on January 11, 2017.

CALGARY – Dougie Hamilton scored at 17:41 of the third period to lead the Calgary Flames to a 3-2 win over the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday.

Hamilton and rookie forward Matthew Tkachuk both finished with a goal and an assist for the Flames (23-19-2), while Michael Frolik also scored. Mikael Backlund picked up a pair of assists.

Making his third straight start in net for the Flames, Chad Johnson stopped 25 of 27 shots he faced to pick up his 15th win of the season.

Brent Burns had a goal and an assist for the Sharks (25-15-2), while Logan Couture also scored.

Making just his sixth start of the season, San Jose goalie Aaron Dell made 25 saves in a losing cause. Dell, 27, who is too old to be considered an NHL rookie, hails from nearby Airdrie, Alta., and played two seasons for the Calgary Canucks of the Alberta Junior Hockey League from 2007-09.

The Sharks were playing their second game in as many nights in Alberta. Burns scored once and set up two others in Edmonton on Tuesday to lead the Sharks to a 5-3 win over the Oilers.

Couture opened the scoring at 9:40 of the first period when he redirected a point shot fired by Burns through Johnson’s legs for a power-play goal.

Frolik, who was in the penalty box serving a slashing penalty when Couture scored, then answered right back for the Flames at 11:22. Thanks to a nice second effort, Frolik shovelled a rebound past Dell to atone for his penalty.

Burns put the Sharks back up by one at 16:06 when his wrist shot from the point found the back of the net behind Johnson, who was screened on the play.

After being outshot 12-8 in the first period, the Flames turned the tables and outshot the Sharks 9-7 in the second.

The Flames were rewarded for their hard work during a man advantage when Tkachuk deflected a shot taken by Mikael Backlund past Dell with 31.7 seconds left in the period.

At the mid-way mark of the third period, Dell made three straight saves to deny Matt Stajan, Tkachuk and Garnet Hathaway from giving the Flames the lead.

Johnson stuck out his left pad to deny Mikkel Boedker from scoring on a penalty shot with 5:27 to play in regulation. Boedker was awarded the penalty shot after being hauled down from behind by Calgary defenceman TJ Brodie.

Johnson then stopped another breakaway attempt by Boedker in the game’s final minute to preserve the victory for the Flames.

Notes: Although he was listed as a scratch, defenceman Mirco Mueller started the game for the Sharks and even played a couple shifts before officials deemed him ineligible for the rest of the game. “¦ For the rest of the game the Sharks had to go with five defencemen, a group which included Tim Heed who was playing his first NHL game. “¦ Calgary forward Sean Monahan has gone 11 games without scoring a goal. He has just four assists during that stretch.


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