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Zadina's career night leads SJ
San Jose rolls in 6-3 win in Calgary
2/15/2024 - By Mike Lee

Filip Zadina opted not to re-sign with the Detroit Red Wings last summer. He wanted a fresh start. Joining the Sharks, he figured he'd get lots of chances to deliver for team teal. He did exactly that on Thursday night in Calgary, scoring a pair of goals and add 2 assists for a career high 4 point night in the Sharks 6-3 victory of the host Flames at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

Zadina's career night was a combination of skill getting a chance to shine and being in the right place at the right time. His pressure on the forecheck was his most notable attribute. He forced the Flames into mistakes that San Jose cashed in on.

The Flames jumped out front at the 4:19 mark of the opening period when Nazem Kadri put a rebound chance past Mackenzie Blackwood. Martin Pospisil carried the puck up the right wing on a 3-on-2 rush, firing it at Blackwood from the top of the circle. Blackwood gave up a rebound right at front where Kadri was there to guide it home with his right skate.

Sharks head coach David Quinn thought about challenging, and may have had two arguments, because the Flames also looked offside on the zone entry.

Luke Kunin gave the Sharks their best chance of cracking the score sheet in the opening frame when his attempt from the high slot rang off the crossbar with a minute left in the frame.

Calgary out-shot San Jose 13-8 through the first 20 minutes of play.

Mikael Granlund scored his 1st goal in over two months 4:52 into the 2nd period. The Sharks forward collected a Filip Zadina pass as he skated down the slot before veering to his left and waiting out defenseman Chris Tanev and goaltender Dustin Wolf. Granlund then lifted a shot top shelf from the bottom of the left circle for his 6th of the season.

Zadina forced another turnover in the Flames zone 3 minutes later, allowing Justin Bailey to scoop up the puck, pass it Zadina, who returned the feed allowing his linemate to bury one from the doorstep. The goal was Bailey's 4th of the season, but more importantly it gave the Sharks their first lead of the night.

Jan Rutta was sent off for high sticking at 10:20 of the period but the Flames Blake Coleman followed him to the box 16 seconds later to offset the Flames 4th consecutive power play. The Sharks made the most of their 16 second power play when Luke Kunin pushed a puck over the Flames goal line at 12:30.

Problem is, he nor anyone else on the ice knew he did when the puck got lost in Wolf's pads. Video review after the next stoppage confirmed that the puck crossed the line, giving Kunin his 7th goal of the season.

The Sharks were 20 seconds from a 2-goal lead at the 2nd intermission, but Mikael Backlund converted late after Caylen Addison and Andrew Mangiapane got tied up in the crease, Addison bumped Blackwood just before Backlund's shot reached the net to cut the Sharks lead to 3-2.

To add salt to the wound, the Sharks challenged the play for goaltender interference and lost. That would give the Flames a 5th power play, most of which would carry forward to the start of the 3rd period.

San Jose would survive the remainder of the penalty and then some. Zadina potted a pair of goals 37 seconds apart to push the Sharks lead to 5-2.

The Sharks forward scored his first via the you don't see that every day variety. Nico Sturm fired a shot from the left wing boards before Zadina got his stick blade in front of the puck. The ensuing deflection looked like a slow arching rainbow of a trajectory, vaulting over Wolf to make it a 4-2 game.

The former Red Wing winger added his 4th point of the night at 5:15 of the 3rd period by whipping a shot from the right dot, beating Wolf to the upper right corner of the net.

Kunin added his 2nd of the night at 15:30, when he picked Coleman's pocket just outside the Flames zone then raced in on Wolf and roofed a shot home for the Sharks 6th of the night.

San Jose got a little too relaxed a minute later when they allowed Andrei Kuzmenko to bag his 11th of the season.

Game Notes:

* Logan Couture's groin issue was upgraded to an injury that lists the Sharks captain as week-to-week. San Jose has yet to move Couture to the injured reserve since he aggravated the groin before the All Star break.

* The game was the first of 3 meetings between the two teams. The Sharks and Flames will not face each other again until April when they will meet twice. The Sharks will wrap up the regular season in Calgary on April 18th.

* Flames goaltender Dustin Wolf hails from Morgan Hill. He moved to Southern California as a teenager to pursue his hockey aspirations.

* The game marked the second time San Jose scored 6 goals in a game this season. They beat the New Jersey Devils 6-3 on December 1st.

* Mackenzie Blackwood picked up his 9th victory of the season with a 30 save performance.


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1 2 3 T
SJ 0 3 3 6
CGY 1 1 1 3
1st period - 1, CGY, Kadri 17 (Pospisil), 4:19.
2nd period - 2, SJ, Granlund 6 (Zadina), 4:52. 3, Bailey 4 (Zadina), 7:50. 3, SJ, Kunin 7 (EKlund, Burroughs), 12:30, (pp). 5, CGY, Backlund 12 (Tanev, Hanifin), 19:40.
3rd period - 6, SJ, Zadina 6 (Sturm, Bailey), 4:38. 7, SJ, Zadina 7 (Bailey, Vlasic), 5:15. 8, SJ, Kunin 8 (unassisted), 15:30. 9, CGY, Kuzmenko 11 (Tanev, Huberdeau), 16:40.
1st period - Hoffman, SJ (slashing), 8:38; Emberson, SJ (trippping), 16:57.
2nd period - Barbanov, SJ (hooking), 1:23; Rutta, SJ (high stickging), 10:20; Coleman, CGY (hooking), 10:36; Coleman, CGY (high sticking), 15:34; Bench, SJ (delay of game - unsuccessful challenge), 19:40.
3rd period - Duehr, CGY (tripping), 2:10.
Shots Saves
SJ - Blackwood 33 30
CGY - Wolf 30 24
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 8 10 12 30
CGY 13 9 11 33
Power Play Conversion
SJ 1 of 3
CGY 0 of 5
3 Stars of the Game
Filip Zadina
Mackenzie Blackwood
Luke Kunin
Scotiabank Saddledome - 16,852
Referees: #2 Jon McIsaac, #16 Brian Pochmara. Linesmen: #52 Shandor Alphonso, #64 Brandon Gawryletz.

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