Scoring Chances: Game 51 v. Calgary

SAN JOSE, CA - FEBRUARY 08: Benn Ferriero #78 of the San Jose Sharks looks to get a backhand shot pass Chris goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff #34 and Jay Bouwmeester #4 of the Calgary Flames at HP Pavilion at San Jose on February 8, 2012 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

For the second game in a row, the Sharks faced a team notorious for being defensively stingy and yet, for the second game in a row, the Sharks found themselves in something of a barn-burner. After trading a total of 38 scoring chances with the Coyotes on Saturday night, the Sharks and Flames combined for 41 chances last night with San Jose edging out Calgary in the chance count, 21-20, courtesy of a late surge but falling short on the scoreboard, 4-3. To break it down by game state, the Sharks outchanced the Flames 20-17 at even strength and 8-7 when the score was tied. All three games between these teams so far this season have been very closely contested both on the scoreboard and by the chances which isn't a point in the Sharks' favor considering that, at least on paper, these should be games San Jose dominates.

Best EV Forward: Joe Pavelski (+7)

Worst EV Forward: Torrey Mitchell (-4), Michal Handzus (-4)

Best EV Defenseman: Brent Burns (+8), Douglas Murray (+8)

Worst EV Defenseman: Jim Vandermeer (-4)

Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 6 8 6 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 9 8 9 5 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0
3 6 4 5 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 21 20 20 17 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 0

Team Period Time Note SJS Opponent
CGY 1 18:27 Backlund 5 26 29 31 44 64 4 11 12 34 40 44 5v5
SJS 1 15:13 Marleau 5 12 29 31 39 44 4 12 13 34 40 44 5v5
SJS 1 14:48 McGinn 3 29 31 39 64 88 4 12 13 34 40 44 5v5
SJS 1 12:18 McGinn 3 17 26 31 64 88 4 10 19 34 44 93 5v5
CGY 1 10:31 Brodie 5 10 31 43 44 69 6 7 12 18 34 40 5v5
SJS 1 10:03 McCarthy 3 10 31 43 69 88 6 7 12 18 34 40 5v5
SJS 1 9:20 Ferriero 3 8 19 31 78 88 5 7 10 19 34 93 5v5
CGY 1 7:52 Iginla 5 12 29 31 39 44 4 12 13 34 40 44 5v5
CGY 1 7:32 Tanguay 5 12 29 31 39 44 4 12 13 34 40 44 5v5
CGY 1 7:30 Goal - Jokinen 5 12 29 31 39 44 4 12 13 34 40 44 5v5
CGY 1 7:01 Comeau 3 8 19 31 78 88 4 10 19 34 44 93 5v5
CGY 1 5:24 Iginla 3 17 26 31 64 88 5 11 12 23 34 57 5v5
SJS 1 1:24 Marleau 5 12 29 31 39 44 4 11 12 34 44 57 5v5
CGY 1 0:44 Comeau 3 12 19 29 31 44 4 10 13 34 40 44 5v5
CGY 2 18:34 Jokinen PP 2 26 31 69 88 4 12 13 34 40 93 4v5
CGY 2 18:20 Iginla PP 2 26 31 69 88 4 12 13 34 40 93 4v5
SJS 2 17:54 Thornton 3 8 19 31 78 88 4 10 16 19 34 44 5v5
SJS 2 17:53 Thornton 3 8 19 31 78 88 4 10 16 19 34 44 5v5
CGY 2 17:24 Goal - Jokinen PP 5 8 12 31 44 5 12 13 34 40 93 4v5
CGY 2 16:30 Bouma 2 17 26 29 31 88 6 7 8 13 34 57 5v5
SJS 2 15:25 Pavelski 5 8 12 19 31 44 5 12 13 23 34 40 5v5
SJS 2 13:31 Goal - Couture 3 12 19 29 39 88 6 7 15 16 18 34 5v5
CGY 2 13:02 Bouma 2 17 26 31 61 64 5 8 11 23 34 57 5v5
SJS 2 12:08 Goal - Pavelski 5 8 12 19 31 44 10 19 23 34 44 93 5v5
SJS 2 11:05 Ferriero 3 29 31 39 78 88 4 11 12 34 40 44 5v5
SJS 2 9:25 Thornton 3 8 12 19 31 88 4 12 13 34 40 44 5v5
SJS 2 8:53 Thornton 3 8 12 19 31 88 4 12 13 34 40 44 5v5
CGY 2 8:43 Goal - Iginla 5 29 31 39 44 78 5 10 19 23 34 93 5v5
SJS 2 8:16 Couture 5 29 31 39 44 78 5 10 19 23 34 93 5v5
CGY 2 6:49 Kostoupolos 2 29 31 43 61 64 4 7 11 15 16 34 5v5
CGY 2 5:39 Butler 3 8 12 19 31 88 4 12 13 34 40 44 5v5
SJS 3 19:11 Goal - Handzus PP 26 29 31 44 64 88 6 10 19 23 34 5v4
CGY 3 16:35 Goal - Jokinen 5 29 31 39 78 88 4 10 13 34 40 44 5v5
CGY 3 12:49 Kolanos 2 17 26 31 61 64 5 7 8 11 34 57 5v5
CGY 3 6:40 Brodie 17 19 31 44 61 64 4 7 8 11 34 57 5v5
SJS 3 6:23 Couture 3 29 31 39 44 78 5 12 13 23 34 40 5v5
CGY 3 3:23 Iginla 5 8 12 19 31 61 4 12 13 34 40 44 5v5
SJS 3 3:03 Pavelski 8 12 19 31 61 88 4 12 13 34 40 44 5v5
SJS 3 2:53 Couture 19 29 31 39 44 88 4 5 10 19 34 93 5v5
SJS 3 2:05 Pavelski 3 8 12 31 61 64 4 10 19 34 44 93 5v5
SJS 3 0:21 Marleau 6v5 8 12 19 29 39 88 5 12 13 23 34 40 5v5

# Player EV PP SH
2 J. VANDERMEER 15:13 0 4 0:00 0 0 1:05 0 2
3 D. MURRAY 18:56 12 4 0:00 0 0 0:50 0 0
5 C. WHITE 15:21 5 8 0:00 0 0 2:02 0 1
8 J. PAVELSKI 18:07 10 3 0:00 0 0 1:40 0 1
10 B. WINCHESTER 4:54 1 1 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
12 P. MARLEAU 20:32 10 6 0:00 0 0 0:55 0 1
17 T. MITCHELL 13:48 1 5 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
19 J. THORNTON 20:05 11 5 0:00 0 0 0:50 0 0
26 M. HANDZUS 12:50 1 5 0:05 1 0 1:21 0 2
29 R. CLOWE 20:11 9 9 0:05 1 0 0:00 0 0
31 A. NIEMI 53:45 18 17 0:05 1 0 4:15 0 3
39 L. COUTURE 17:38 9 5 0:00 0 0 1:51 0 0
43 J. MCCARTHY 6:31 1 2 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
44 M. VLASIC 21:49 7 8 0:05 1 0 2:19 0 1
61 J. BRAUN 17:43 2 5 0:00 0 0 0:22 0 0
64 J. MCGINN 13:10 3 6 0:05 1 0 0:00 0 0
69 A. DESJARDINS 5:39 1 1 0:00 0 0 1:53 0 2
78 B. FERRIERO 14:45 6 3 0:00 0 0 0:01 0 0
88 B. BURNS 21:03 13 5 0:05 1 0 1:51 0 2

Head-to-head scoring chances:

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Benn Ferriero began the night on the top line but McLellan was quick to swap him with Patrick Marleau once things headed south on the scoreboard. Marleau and the Joes came out ahead in the chance battle against the Jarome Iginla line as the Logan Couture unit ended up being most frequently victimized when Olli Jokinen decided to do his best Sam Gagner impression. McLellan also began double-shifting the top line with the Sharks trailing late in the game so they were able to beat the Blair Jones line into a pulp as well. For the stat-nerds, Thornton and Pavelski each finished +15 in Corsi on the night and although some of that is obviously the result of score effects, it's still mighty impressive.

The third line continued their Jekyll and Hyde season (more Hyde than Jekyll lately) by getting creamed against the Mikael Backlund line for Calgary. It's a shame Frans Nielsen is now off the trade market because he's exactly the type of possession monster that unit could use (although I imagine most teams around the league could use a guy like Nielsen).

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

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