Event Name: San Jose Sharks VS Calgary Flames
Date: Saturday, April 8, 2017
Location: SAP Center: 525 W Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95113
Hosted by: San Jose Sharks Hockey
Saturday night, the San Jose Sharks played their final game ofthe season against another division rival, the Calgary Flames. In their short37 year history, they have won the Stanley Cup once, all the way back in 1989.They haven’t made the playoffs 6 of their last 7 seasons, but have clinched thewild card this season and punched their ticket into the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Awin against the Sharks would mean they face the Anaheim Ducks in the firstround. If they lose and the Nashville Predators win their game, then they willbe facing the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Flames came into the game 4th in the Pacific Division with 81points while the Sharks are 3rdwith 97 points. San Jose has lost in both of their previous matchups againstCalgary and has only won 1 of 4 games in the season series. This season,Calgary is 21-15-4 on the road while the Sharks are 25-11-4 at home. A win forthe Sharks tonight could keep their first round home ice advantage hopes alivein case the Oilers lose tonight and on Sunday.
Since the game was not statistically very meaningful, CoachPeter DeBoer decided to give a rest to most of the veterans, giving anopportunity to the youngsters to test out their skills at the NHL level.
The Sharks started of the first period with two early penaltiesand ended it with a late penalty, ultimately being short-handed for 6 minutesin the first. Fortunately, they were able to kill all 3 penalties and ended theperiod with 0-0 score and only outshot 6-5.
Just past five minutes into the second period, Jannik Hansen(36) took the puck from around the left circle to behind the goal beforethrowing it out front to Chris Tierney who whacked it home, beating goalieBrian Elliot (1) on the short side and giving the Sharks a 1-0 lead. Just aminute later, Marcus Sorensen (20) got couple of good whacks on a puck in thecrease, but Elliot was able to make the saves. With just under 2 minutes leftin the period, Tierney gathered the puck on the right boards, skated it throughthe right circle and passed it to Mikkel Boedker (89) in front of the goalcrease. Elliot dove at the puck but missed leaving Boedker with a wide opennet, and he threw it in giving the Sharks a 2-0 lead. As the clock wound downto just under 10 seconds left in the period, Michael Frolik (67) got a wideopen chance in front of Dell, but Dell was able to get a piece of it and knockit high above the bar. The puck went around the right boards to Dougie Hamilton(27) on the blue line, who took a hard shot that got blocked. The puck landedon Matthew Tkachuk’s (19) stick, and he made a quick 5 feet pass to CurtisLazar (20) in front of the crease where he tapped it home through Aaron Dell’s(30) five hole cutting the Sharks lead to just 1 with 5 seconds remaining inthe period.
At this time, the news had spread that Nashville Predators hadlost making this game insignificant for the Flames so their coach decided topull out Brian Elliot and put in rookie David Rittich (33) for his NHL debut.With about 8 minutes left in the period, Marc-Edouard Vlasic (44) took a shotfrom top of the left circle which got tipped by Daniel O’Reagan (65) in frontof the net and beat Rittich on the short side over his blocker scoring thefinal goal in what would end up being a 3-1 Sharks victory.
The Sharks led in shots (27-21), blocked shots (20-13) andtakeaways (7-2), while the Flames led in hits (20-15) and giveaways (12-10).Both teams were tied in the face-off circle.
Daniel O’Regan scored his first career NHL goal and BarclayGoodrow registered his first point of the year, an assist. He played threegames this season.
Chris Tierney scored his 11th goal of the year and also had an assist ending the season with23 points. Mikkel Boedker scored his 10thgoal of the year ending the season with 26 points. Brent Burns ended the seasonwith 29 goals, 76 assists and a +19 rating. Marc-Edouard Vlasic and JannikHansen both registered assists as well.
For some honorable mentions for the year, Brent Burns was namedthe Sharks Foundation’s “Player of the Year”. He was also voted winner of theSharks “Fan Favorite” award. Martin Jones was named winner of 2016-17 Xactlyinspired performance “Three Stars of the Year” award. Kevin Labanc (62) wasvoted SAP “Sharks Rookie of the Year”.
San Jose ended their regular season 1 point ahead of last yearat 99 points and 3rd in the Pacific Division. ThePlayoff Schedule will be released after Sunday.
INDTVUSA Staff Writer