Gaudreau reaches 99 points as Flames finally beat Sharks

For reasons known only to the hockey gods, the Calgary Flames have really struggled against the San Jose Sharks this season. With three regulation losses to the Sharks so far, the Flames have been looking to turn the tide on the road in San Jose.

Daniel Vladar got the start in net for the Flames, Juuso Valimaki and Connor Mackey entered the lineup in favor of Nikita Zadorov and Erik Gudbranson, and Brett Ritchie returned after what looked like a fairly serious injury earlier in the game. the week.

Game recap

The Flames opened the scoring in the first period just over seven minutes. Matthew Tkachuk stole the puck from the Sharks’ blue line and was left all alone to charge towards the net. He buried it on the top shelf during the partial break for his 34th goal of the season.

Shortly after, Nick Bonino deftly redirected an otherwise innocuous shot to even things up with a stroke. In the last minute of the first period, Trevor Lewis shot wide and brought the puck past James Reimer to restore the Flames’ one-goal lead.

Elias Lindholm extended the lead to two goals with a one-stop signing. It was his 37th goal of the season, closing in on the 40-goal mark.

Logan Couture made things a little interesting with a nice power-play scorer in the third period, but Lindholm scored an empty net late to freeze the game. Johnny Gaudreau assisted on the goal that earned him 99 points this season, tying his career high.

The Flames won their first game against the Sharks this season and extended their winning streak to three games.

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Game events

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