"Galli did a lot of good work early on. He gets it to the net," Pavelski said. "Burnsie's coming down. He's a huge body. He just creates a lot of traffic. Everyone kind of goes in, the puck squirts out and got an empty net there. It's a great goal. It's one that you love to get, and obviously it was timely."
The Sharks controlled the play for most of the first period but were still trailing 1-0 after 20 minutes because they couldn't get anything past Kiprusoff despite 17 shots.
Kiprusoff made a nice stop on Couture early off a nice passing sequence from Tommy Wingels to Patrick Marleau, robbed Pavelski with a glove save and helped kill off an early power play.
The Flames then took just 6 seconds to score on their first man advantage when Couture was called for hooking. Backlund won a faceoff from Marleau back to Cammalleri. Backlund took a return pass and beat Niemi with a shot from the top of the circle for the first power-play goal against San Jose in seven games.
Neither team scored in the second with both goalies turning aside eight shots and both teams failing to convert on a power play.
"They did a good job creating offense like they usually do and ultimately cashed in on it," Cammalleri said. "We have to work more on playing in their end instead of ours."
NOTES: Newly acquired Sharks Raffi Torres and Scott Hannan didn't play. Hannan is working his way back from a neck injury, and Torres didn't feel well but could play Sunday. ... San Jose D Jason Demers also could be back from a head injury on Sunday. ... Calgary D Mark Giordano didn't make the trip so he could be with his wife, who was due to give birth. Brett Carson played in his place for his first game of the season.