11/12 00:19 CST Pavelski leads Sharks in 3-1 win over Flames
Pavelski leads Sharks in 3-1 win over Flames
By GIDEON RUBIN
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) --- Evander Kane doesn't know why he keeps putting up big
numbers against the Calgary Flames.
Kane had a goal and an assist to help the San Jose Sharks beat the Flames 3-1
The 27-year old forward, in his 10th season with his fourth team, now has 10
goals and six assists in 12 career games against Calgary.
"I have no idea," Kane said. "I've played in the (Eastern Conference) a lot of
my career, too, we saw those guys twice a season. For some reason, the pucks
seem to be going in when we play against these guys."
Joe Pavelski had a goal and two assists, Joonas Donskoi also had a goal and an
assist, and Martin Jones stopped 29 shots as the Sharks snapped a two-game skid.
Sean Monahan scored and Mike Smith had 26 saves for the Flames, who had won
five of their previous six.
Kane put the Sharks ahead 50 seconds into the game with his sixth of the
season. Donskoi scored less than a minute and a half into the second with is
Jones stopped a penalty shot from Sam Bennett with 7:38 left in the third
period with Calgary trailing 2-1.
"It was frustrating because we played so well," Bennett said. "It doesn't feel
good not getting the tying goal. I'll try to think of something else the next
Under persistent pressure in the third period, Jones had 14 saves.
"Jonesy made some phenomenal saves and you need that, there guy was making
phenomenal saves too on high danger chances," Sharks coach Pete DeBoer said.
"Good teams need great goaltending, and he made timely saves for us."
The Sharks were coming off an 0-2 road trip.
"Obviously it wasn't a great road trip for us, so to come back and respond the
way we did at home with the big win, that was huge for us," Jones said.
The Flames capitalized on a turnover as Monahan scored a breakaway at 6:02 of
the second to make it 2-1. Mark Jankowski assisted Monahan's goal after taking
the puck away from Erik Karlsson.
"I thought we generated some good looks in the third, we just weren't able to
put them in," Flames defenseman Mark Giordano said. "We didn't go to the net.
They were more committed to putting the puck on the net and forechecking than
Pavelski scored an empty-netter in the final minute.
"It feels good to be home," Pavelski said. "Right from the first ceremony
tonight there was good energy in this building, I think the players felt it,
and responded well too."
NOTES: Sharks C Logan Couture played in his 600th career game. Couture left the
game after falling awkwardly in the third period. DeBoer said his injury status
wasn't immediately known. ... San Jose C Tomas Hertl played for the first time
since suffering a head injury on Nov. 3. He missed three games. ... Sharks D
Joakim Ryan was back in the lineup for D Tim Heed, who played his first game on
Friday. ... The Sharks had given up three or more goals in nine straight games
going into Sunday. ... Flames D Michael Stone played in place of D Rasmus
Anderson. ... The Sharks wore camouflage jerseys as part of the team's Military
Appreciation night commemoration.
Flames: Open a four-game homestand on Thursday against Montreal.
Sharks: Host Nashville on Tuesday.
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