The San Jose Sharks faced two Western Conference rivals on back-to-back nights. The Sharks emerged victorious, scoring 14 goals and only allowing 2 between the two games.
San Jose dominated the Calgary Flames from beginning to end.
“It seems like anything they threw at the net,” said Head Coach Todd McLellan, “was going in tonight.”
The Sharks scored three goals in each period to defeat the Flames 9-1. In doing so, the Sharks set a franchise record with goals from eight different players. Dany Heatley was the only Shark to score more than one goal.
While the Sharks’ top line of Patrick Marleau, Joe Thornton, and Dany Heatley accrued most of the team’s points, the scoring was certainly spread around versus the Flames.
Joe Pavelski scored in the first period for the Sharks, followed by a goal from Manny Malhotra to put the Sharks up 2-0. Scott Nichol also scored in the first to give the Sharks a comfortable 3-0 lead.
The second period wasn’t any different from the first. The Sharks scored another three goals to lead the Flames 6-0. Jed Ortmeyer scored his fifth goal of the season, and Dany Heatley notched his 28th on a powerplay. Ryane Clowe scored his 11th with a slap shot less than two minutes before the end of the second.
Devin Setoguchi scored for the second night in a row, marking two multi-point games in a row.
Robyn Regehr scored the lone goal for the Flames with a slapshot that beat Evgeni Nabokov and gave Regehr his first goal of the season.
However the Sharks weren’t done. Captain Rob Blake scored on a slap shot from the point and Dany Heatley scored his second goal of the night to cap off the Sharks’ flurry of goals. The Sharks dismantled the Flames 9-1 and visited the Los Angeles Kings the next night.
The game versus the Kings wasn’t too different.
Once again, San Jose notched three goals in the first period. Patrick Marleau scored on a powerplay, one-timing a pass from Joe Pavelski.
Halfway through the first, Dan Boyle scored coming out of the penalty box. Boyle capitalized on a bad pass in the Kings’ zone and slap shot the puck into the net. Ryane Clowe scored on a pass from Jed Ortmeyer to put the Sharks up 3-0 in the first.
The Kings seemed to be making a comeback when Wayne Simmonds scored less than a minute into the second. Simmonds scored on a backhand to bring the Kings within two.
However the Sharks would survive the Kings’ offensive onslaught and score two more goals.
Patrick Marleau scored his second goal of the night, another powerplay goal, to bring his league-leading total to 34.
Ryane Clowe would score his second goal of the night on a powerplay 12 minutes into the third. The Sharks would win the game 5-1.
The Sharks capitalized on every powerplay and prevented the Kings from scoring on the man advantage, keeping their penalty kill perfect for the night.
San Jose won’t play the Kings again this season unless they meet up in the playoffs.
The Sharks host their rivals, the Anaheim Ducks, on Thursday at 7:30.