With the win tonight against the San Jose Sharks, the Calgary Flames continue to trend upwards in both momentum and in point total for the season. The Flames came into tonight’s game against the Sharks on a three-game winning streak, and beating the Sharks would prove to be no easy task. Early in the second period, the Flames scored their second goal of the night and things stayed that way until the end of the period. Just 36 seconds into the third period, the Sharks’ Eriah Hayes scored and brought the Sharks within one goal with basically the entire third period to go. The Flames never lost their composure, committing no penalties in the third, and won thanks to goals by Sean Monahan and Jiri Hudler.
This is the second win in a row against one of the top teams in the Western Conference after the Flames beat the Chicago Blackhawks two nights earlier. While the Flames are still sitting second-to-last in the conference and are one of the worst teams in terms of points. This four-game winning streak has given them momentum to ride until the Olympic break, and with three of the last four games coming against teams that would be in the playoffs, the Flames are going to need it.
On the other hand, the Sharks continue their descent with their third loss in a row after winning six straight. After putting 59 shots on goal in their last game against the Edmonton Oilers and failing to score a single goal, the Sharks didn’t do much better tonight getting one goal in 28 shot attempts. These last two losses sting a little more because of the fact they were outplayed by the two worst teams in the Western Conference. With three of their last four games before the Olympic break being against playoff-caliber teams, including their next game against the Blackhawks, the Sharks need to turn things around before their losing streak extends a lot further than anyone on the team will want it to.