Sharks' Evander Kane has 4 goals in win at Calgary

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 18, 2018

And then he added a fourth goal for good measure.

"It's nice to get that monkey off my back", said Kane, sent from Buffalo to San Jose for forward Danny O'Regan and draft picks.

Kevin Lebanc and Eric Fehr also scored, while goalie Martin Jones made 30 saves to improve his record to 25-18-6.

Before Friday's game, the Flames were three points out of a Stanley Cup Playoff spot.

The Flames need to get their offense rolling as they haven't been playing an inspiring game in the defensive zone, but with Mike Smith back in the crease the Flames should be playing with a bit more confidence and a show down here against the Sharks would be the statement win they need to get back into the mix for one of the three divisional slots, and at the very worst a wild card berth.

Kane had one goal in the first period, two in the second and got No. 4 just 62 seconds into the third period. He has five goals and five assists for 10 points in eight games since being acquired by the Sharks from Buffalo at the February 26 trade deadline. "We weren't able to do that".

"Terrible", said Smith when asked to describe his performance. "It was definitely an off night and a tough one to swallow right now".

The Flames pulled even at 16:42 when Brouwer chipped a pass from Curtis Lazar into the top corner behind Jones. Matt Stajan stole the puck from Sharks defenseman Brenden Dillon behind the San Jose net to get the play started.

Jankowski took a pass from linemate Garnet Hathaway and wired a shot to the top corner, glove side behind Jones to put Calgary up 2-1 at 2:10 of the second period.

He opened the scoring exactly six minutes into the affair - a fortunate goal as his long shot ricocheted off the stick of Flames defenceman Dougie Hamilton and into the net - before tying the game 2-2 at the 6:29 mark of the middle frame.

That lead lasted just 1:26 as Labanc fired a shot from a sharp angle into the top corner past Smith to pull the Sharks into a 3-all tie. Hertl poked the puck through Smith's legs with 1:58 remaining before the second intermission.

"I thought we had some good energy, especially after Johnny scored there", said Calgary captain Mark Giordano, who was disappointed the Flames weren't able to hold onto the lead.

As expected, Kane's four goal night was the talk of Twitter.

Ferland backhanded a shot past Jones to pull Calgary within two goals with 5:35 left in regulation and Rittich on the bench for an extra attacker.

NOTES: Jankowski suited up for the Flames after sitting out Tuesday's 1-0 win over Edmonton. Three night's later, Smith struggled versus the Sharks.

If the Flames, who have been one of the best road teams in the National Hockey League this season, can return to Calgary packing four points following their road trip to Las Vegas and Glendale, that sets up a huge home game against the Ducks next Wednesday.

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