Flames beat Sharks 4-1 to win fourth straight

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 31, 2014 at 12:49 am •  Published: January 31, 2014
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CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Two weeks after a seven-game home losing streak, the Calgary Flames are giving their fans something to cheer about.

Mark Giordano scored the winning goal and Karri Ramo made 27 saves as the Flames knocked off the San Jose Sharks 4-1 on Thursday for their fourth consecutive victory - all of them at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

The win over San Jose comes two nights after Calgary knocked off the reigning Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks.

"I would say tonight, by far, is probably our best team win of the season," Flames coach Bob Hartley said. "As a coaching staff, we cannot be more happy than we are right now. Those guys deserve the credit. We beat quite a hockey club tonight. From Karri Ramo to the six D to the four lines, everyone is chipping in."

San Jose has dropped three in a row, scoring one goal in that stretch. The Sharks (34-15-6) lost 1-0 to Jonathan Quick and the Los Angeles Kings on Monday, and 3-0 in Edmonton on Wednesday, thanks to Ben Scrivens' record-setting 59 saves.

"It's a big concern of ours right now," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. "In our last eight games, we've only scored 13 goals and 10 have them have come from three players. Obviously with injuries and every team goes through them, you need others to pick up the slack and we've got to find that."

Giordano was in the right place at the right time to help the Flames increase their lead to 2-0 at 3:38 of the second. Mikael Backlund's shot missed the net but the puck caromed sharply off the end boards and out the other side, where Giordano rifled it in the short side as goaltender Alex Stalock scrambled across.

"There wasn't much room for Backs and I knew he was going to shoot it so you're just trying to read the rebound," Giordano said, "and with the new nets with them being a bit shorter, it comes out at different angles and the goalie doesn't really have a chance to get across."

It was the ninth goal of the season for Giordano, who extended his career-high point streak to eight games (four goals, four assists).

"I wouldn't have believed it (was possible). It just seems like I'm getting a couple of bounces," he said. "I'm trying to be aggressive and it seems the puck's coming to me at the right spot."

Lee Stempniak and rookie Sean Monahan also scored for Calgary (20-27-7), and Jiri Hudler added an empty-net goal. Backlund and Dennis Wideman each had two assists.

The Flames, who are enjoying their longest winning streak since reeling off five victories in a row in March 2012, are 4-0-0 with one game to go on a five-game homestand.



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