NASHVILLE TN - FEBRUARY 15: Joe Thornton #19 of the San Jose Sharks skates against Mike Fisher #12 of the Nashville Predators on February 15 2011 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

San Jose Sharks NHL Scores, Schedule, Standings: Sharks Make It Six Straight With Win Over Flames

The Sharks aren't getting this stretch of games started on the same note they did their last, but they have a lot to play for and some form of momentum going in their favor. For more on the team in general, be sure to head to the San Jose Sharks blog here on SB Nation, Fear The Fin.

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Sharks Pick Up Sixth Straight, Beat Flames In Shootout

Calgary, AB (Sports Network) - Ryane Clowe tied the game late in regulation and scored the lone shootout goal, as the San Jose Sharks rallied to beat the Calgary Flames, 4-3, at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

Clowe came off the boards and took a pass from Patrick Marleau before firing a wrister past Calgary's Miikka Kiprusoff on the blocker side with 2:34 remaining in the third period.

Then, in the third round of the shootout, Clowe beat Kiprusoff on a backhand- forehand deke. Antti Niemi turned away Olli Jokinen to assure the extra point for the Pacific Division leaders.

Devin Setoguchi and Kyle Wellwood also lit the lamp for San Jose, which notched its sixth straight win to finish February with an 11-2-0 record. Niemi made 21 saves through overtime.

Anton Babchuk, David Moss and Niklas Hagman scored for the Flames, who have dropped four of their last seven games. Kiprusoff stopped 30 shots in defeat.

Setoguchi followed up his own shot to open the scoring 3:34 into the contest. Calgary pulled even on Babchuk's marker with 1:55 to play in the first period.

Wellwood made it 2-1 at 9:37 of the second, but Moss and Hagman scored 1:36 apart later in the frame to give the Flames a 3-2 lead.

Moss let go a slap shot from the right circle at 15:54, then Hagman stick-handled around a defender and roofed the puck at 17:30.

The Sharks improved to 21-11-3 on the road this season...San Jose had lost four of its last six games in Calgary.


Sharks Looking For Sixth Straight Against Flames

(Sports Network) - No Sharks rookie had scored 25 goals since the club's inaugural 1991-92 season beforeLogan Couture hit the mark on Wednesday. The freshman skater will try to help San Jose maintain its Pacific Division lead with a sixth straight victory tonight in a meeting with the Calgary Flames at the Saddledome.

Couture snapped a seven-game goal drought in Wednesday's 3-2 overtime victory over the Penguins, becoming the first Sharks rookie to tally 25 goals since Pat Falloon in 1991-92. Couture, who does have six assists over his last four games, is tied with the Islanders' Michael Grabner for the most goals among rookies.

The 21-year-old also assisted on Patrick Marleau's second goal of the contest on Wednesday, the game-winner with just four seconds left in overtime. The tally came a minute after Marleau was stopped on a breakaway and helped the Sharks gain two points despite giving up the game-tying tally with just 50 ticks left in regulation.

"I think it shows that we can persevere when things like that happen," said Marleau. "Of course you don't want that to happen, but it did and I think we responded well to it."

Antti Niemi made 24 saves as the Sharks won a season-high five straight for the second time this month and are 14-2-1 in their past 17 games. That has helped San Jose take a one-point lead over Phoenix for first-place in the Pacific Division. The Coyotes visit the Blue Jackets this evening.

San Jose has won the first two contests of a three-game swing as well as three straight and seven of their last nine on the road.

Couture had a goal and two assists when the Sharks hosted the Flames on Nov. 13, claiming a 4-3 win and avenging a 4-0 shutout loss in Calgary on Oct. 24. All told, the two clubs have split their last 10 meetings and San Jose has lost four of its last six in Calgary.

The Flames play the third contest of a five-game homestand tonight and are one of five teams with 70 points and tied for the Western Conference's last three playoff spots. Calgary took the first two of its homestand before Tuesday's 3-1 setback to Boston.

Miikka Kiprusoff made 26 saves and Curtis Glencross had the lone goal to run his point streak to eight straight games. The forward has amassed seven goals and five assists in that span, but couldn't prevent the Flames from losing at home in regulation for the first time in 10 games (7-1-2).

"We never capitalized on some opportunities and hit a couple posts," said Flames head coach Brent Sutter. "It was one of those nights it just didn't happen the way we would've liked it to."

Kiprusoff posted a 27-save shutout in Calgary's home win over San Jose in October and is 8-4-0 in 12 career home starts versus the Sharks with a 2.33 goals-against average.

Niemi is 4-1-0 with a 2.48 GAA in his career versus the Flames.


Sharks Shutout Avalanche 4-0, Setoguchi Records First Career Hat Trick

San Jose, CA (Sports Network) - Devin Setoguchi recorded his first career hat trick and Antti Niemi recorded his fifth shutout of the season, leading San Jose in a 4-0 rout of Colorado at HP Pavilion.

Niemi made 25 saves for the Sharks, who have won three in a row after dropping two straight. Ryane Clowe also lit the lamp in the victory.

Peter Budaj allowed four goals on 33 shots for the Avalanche, whose losing streak reached 10 games (0-9-1).

Setoguchi registered two goals in the first period.

The first came 6 1/2 minutes in, when he split two defenders and used a backhand to beat Budaj. His second made it a 2-0 game with five minutes left in the opening period, when he cleaned up a big rebound off the backboards during a power play.

Just over 1 1/2 minutes after Setoguchi's second goal, Clowe got into the scoring for the Sharks, with a wrister from the left circle on the man advantage.

Following a scoreless second period, Setoguchi completed his hat trick in the third period with a breakaway goal.

Colorado couldn't get on the board, despite getting 11 shots on net in the middle frame. Niemi then made six saves in the final 20 minutes to preserve the win and his shutout.

The Sharks were 2-for-3 on the power play, while the Avs blanked on three man-advantage chances...San Jose will travel to Detroit on Tuesday to play the Red Wings, who are on a four-game win streak...Colorado will try to break its slump with a matchup in St. Louis on Tuesday.


San Jose Sharks Send Second Round Pick, Derek Joslin To Carolina For Ian White

After much begging and pleading from the fanbase and much lecturing from pundits everywhere, the San Jose Sharks have finally taken steps to bolster their roster of defensemen. The team has sent a 2012 second round pick to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for the talented defenseman, Ian White. The Sharks also sent Derek Joslin along as part of the deal.

It's a good price for White, who does a little of everything but fits especially well into the hole that former captain Rob Blake left when he retired before the 2010-2011 season. Even when the team had Blake on ice, they were considered weak defensively and survived for the most part due to the fan favorite goalie Evgeni Nabokov. This past offseason, they lost both "Nabby" and Blake, while doing virtually nothing in free agency to address the latter need for the immediate future. 

White's presence will bolster the defensive units and make the power play better throughout its lines, especially when he's able to give Dan Boyle a rest. He's good enough offensively to make a difference, and has a tendency to put a high volume of pucks at the net, a la the aforementioned Boyle. He hasn't been an offensive juggernaut this season with just two goals and fourteen assists, but he did hint at some issues with the Carolina coaching staff.

So maybe Todd McLellan can utilize him more effectively to bring out some offensive power, or perhaps he'll simply be there for his defense and nothing more, which would alone merit the second-round pick and the aforementioned Joslin.

Fear The Fin had a great breakdown earlier today and said much more than I could while in the middle of other things, so head on over there and check out what they've got to say.

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