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Sharks lose in shootout, but clinch playoff spot

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 25, 2014 at 12:54 am •  Published: March 25, 2014

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Despite it occurring in a loss, the San Jose Sharks were still happy to clinch a playoff spot on Monday night.

Mike Cammalleri scored the only goal in a shootout and the Calgary Flames edged the Sharks 2-1.

The Sharks clinched a postseason berth by gaining a point.

"It was probably an inevitability but there is satisfaction in clinching," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said.

"That was one of the goals that we set out to do and they've accomplished that. It would've been nice to get the two points, obviously we're in a heck of a race for other things so that's a little bit disappointing, but we have to move on."

The Sharks' lead atop the Pacific Division is two points over Anaheim, but the Ducks have two games in hand.

"We were going to clinch no matter what. It was just a matter of time," Sharks captain Joe Thornton said. "We've just got to continue to get points. It would've been nice to get two but we'll take the one."

San Jose wraps up its short two-game road trip in Edmonton on Tuesday night.

Karri Ramo had 33 saves for the Flames and stopped Patrick Marleau, Joe Pavelski and James Sheppard in the shootout.

Cammalleri entered the night tied with Jarome Iginla for the most goals since the trade deadline (nine) and tied with Dallas' Tyler Seguin for the most points over that same period (15).

"We played the total team game. I know that Karri Ramo played well, brought us some big saves at the right time, but to pick one player of the game tonight, we could have a long list. I felt that it was a real solid team effort," Flames coach Bob Hartley said.

Joe Colborne scored in regulation for Calgary. The Flames have won 10 of their past 13 on home ice.

"Let's play well at home, let's get a swagger in this building," Hartley said. "I think the fans are unbelievable, they've been behind us since the start of the season. The way we're playing right now is maybe a small way to say thank you for all our great support."

It was also Calgary's league-leading 43rd one-goal game. That's two away from the club record of 45 set in 2005-06.

"It's a tough test whenever San Jose comes in and the fact that we were able to match them and pull one out in the shootout is pretty special," Colborne said. "We hope to be battling them for a divisional or a conference lead sooner rather than later so it's a huge experience for us."

Sheppard scored in regulation for San Jose. It's his second goal in as many games for Sheppard, matching his output from the season's first 56 games.

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