Scoring Chances: Game 43 v. Calgary

Not the most inspiring effort by San Jose at even-strength, particularly against a team that's as poor on the road as Calgary, but the Sharks ended up outchancing the Flames at evens and overall, in addition to picking up two points, so there isn't a ton to complain about here, especially when you consider they accomplished all of that icing just four top-six forwards. Fortunately, the near future is riddled with winnable games (with the exception of Saturday's contest in Vancouver) because it's tough to see the Sharks thriving against Detroit or St. Louis with the forward lineup they were forced to use against Calgary due to the Ryane Clowe injury as well as Martin Havlat's continued absence.

Despite holding the lead for half the period, the Flames managed to tie the Sharks in chances in the third as the line of Mike Cammalleri, Mikael Backlund and Jarome Iginla feasted on Joe Thornton, Joe Pavelski and Tommy Wingels during several stages of this game. Todd McLellan understandably chose to match that trio against Calgary's first line after a poor effort by Logan Couture in Chicago on Sunday when he was forced to go up against Jonathan Toews at Joel Quenneville's behest. But the dropoff from the Joes' regular winger in Patrick Marleau to Wingels was ever apparent.

Best EV Forward: Brad Winchester (+3)

Worst EV Forward: Joe Thornton (-3)

Best EV Defenseman: Jason Demers (+3), Justin Braun (+3)

Worst EV Defenseman: Marc-Edouard Vlasic (-3)

Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 4 3 1 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 9 3 7 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 4 4 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 1 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 18 12 13 12 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Team Period Time Note SJS Opponent
SJS 1 11:58 McLaren 10 28 31 60 61 68 6 7 19 22 34 57 5v5
SJS 1 10:12 Pavelski PP 8 19 22 26 31 88 5 19 22 23 34 5v4
SJS 1 9:31 Thornton PP 8 19 22 26 31 88 4 11 16 34 44 5v4
SJS 1 8:40 Marleau PP 10 12 31 39 60 61 5 10 22 23 34 5v4
CGY 1 6:13 Kostoupolos 28 31 57 60 61 68 6 7 13 15 16 34 5v5
CGY 1 2:26 Iginla 8 19 22 31 44 64 4 11 12 34 44 93 5v5
CGY 1 0:30 Backlund 19 31 44 64 78 88 5 6 10 11 20 34 5v5
SJS 2 19:13 Couture 3 12 31 39 78 88 4 10 13 20 34 44 5v5
SJS 2 18:32 A. Murray 10 28 31 60 61 68 6 7 19 22 34 57 5v5
SJS 2 18:21 McLaren 10 28 31 60 61 68 6 7 19 22 34 57 5v5
SJS 2 16:34 Marleau 3 12 31 39 78 88 5 10 13 20 23 34 5v5
CGY 2 13:05 Bouwmeester 3 12 31 39 78 88 4 11 12 34 44 93 5v5
CGY 2 11:14 Jones 17 26 31 60 61 64 6 7 19 22 34 57 5v5
SJS 2 10:51 Marleau 12 26 31 60 61 64 6 7 19 22 34 57 5v5
SJS 2 10:50 Handzus 12 26 31 60 61 64 6 7 19 22 34 57 5v5
SJS 2 8:15 Pavelski 8 19 22 31 44 57 4 11 12 33 34 93 5v5
SJS 2 3:28 Thornton PP 12 19 22 31 60 78 5 10 11 23 34 5v4
SJS 2 2:29 Pavelski PP 8 31 39 57 61 88 4 16 22 34 44 5v4
CGY 2 1:27 Iginla 3 17 26 31 44 64 7 12 13 23 34 93 5v5
CGY 3 17:06 Stempniak 3 17 31 39 61 78 6 7 16 19 22 34 5v5
SJS 3 16:51 Ferriero 3 12 31 39 78 88 5 10 13 15 23 34 5v5
CGY 3 11:17 Backlund 8 19 22 31 44 57 4 11 12 34 44 93 5v5
CGY 3 10:50 Iginla 8 19 22 31 44 57 4 11 12 34 44 93 5v5
SJS 3 9:19 Handzus 3 17 26 31 64 88 6 7 10 13 15 34 5v5
SJS 3 9:16 Goal - Mitchell 3 17 26 31 64 88 6 7 10 13 15 34 5v5
SJS 3 7:17 McGinn 3 17 26 31 64 88 6 7 10 13 15 34 5v5
CGY 3 0:37 Kostoupolos 3 17 26 31 64 88 5 16 19 22 23 34 5v5
CGY 4 3:36 Hannan 3 12 31 39 88 5 13 22 23 34 4v4
CGY 4 2:24 Cammalleri 3 12 17 31 88 4 19 34 44 93 4v4
SJS 4 1:39 Ferriero 31 39 44 61 78 6 7 12 34 93 4v4

# Player EV PP SH
3 D. MURRAY 20:32 6 6 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
8 J. PAVELSKI 22:00 1 3 2:33 3 0 0:00 0 0
10 B. WINCHESTER 5:41 3 0 0:49 1 0 0:00 0 0
12 P. MARLEAU 17:42 5 3 1:58 2 0 0:00 0 0
17 T. MITCHELL 14:57 3 5 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
19 J. THORNTON 22:33 1 4 2:42 3 0 0:00 0 0
22 D. BOYLE 24:59 1 3 3:01 3 0 0:00 0 0
26 M. HANDZUS 14:07 5 3 1:11 2 0 0:00 0 0
28 A. MURRAY 5:45 3 1 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
31 A. NIEMI 61:00 13 12 4:00 5 0 0:00 0 0
39 L. COUTURE 17:08 4 3 1:18 2 0 0:00 0 0
44 M. VLASIC 26:20 2 5 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
57 T. WINGELS 20:54 1 3 0:29 1 0 0:00 0 0
60 J. DEMERS 13:23 5 2 2:01 2 0 0:00 0 0
61 J. BRAUN 15:02 6 3 0:56 2 0 0:00 0 0
64 J. MCGINN 15:00 5 5 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
68 F. MCLAREN 5:29 3 1 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
78 B. FERRIERO 16:44 4 3 1:00 1 0 0:00 0 0
88 B. BURNS 21:44 6 5 2:02 3 0 0:00 0 0


I'm having some issues with Excel so unfortunately no head-to-head chances for this one. I already talked about the top line's struggles matched power versus power with Iginla but the third line of Jamie McGinn, Michal Handzus and Torrey Mitchell were reunited after Wingels' promotion to Thornton's wing and the trio had a field day matched up against Blair Jones and Lee Stempniak up front and Calgary's third defense pairing of T.J. Brodie and Cory Sarich. While Handzus was the only one to finish as a plus by the chances, all three posted phenomenal possession numbers and of course generated the Sharks' only goal.

More stats from the game: Corsi/Fenwick, Shift Charts, H2H Ice Time, Zonestarts, Play-By-Play, Box Score

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