SAN JOSE – Calgary earned a power-play goal 5:20 into the third period to lock up a 4-1 victory over the host San Jose Sharks.
The win lifted Calgary into second place in the Pacific Division with 63 points. The Sharks also have 63 points and have played one more game than the Flames. Vancouver sits in fourth with 61 points, Los Angeles trailing in fifth with 60.
Brent Burns, owner of the lone San Jose goal, was in the penalty box for the second time in the game for roughing at 3:28 of the third. The power play had 18 seconds left when Jiri Hudler’s one-timer from the left circle found the top right corner of the net.
The Flames closed the scoring on David Jones’ shot from the redline at 18:07 after the Sharks had pulled the goaltender.
San Jose plays host to the Washington Capitals Wednesday to end the three-game home stand.
Calgary began the scoring on Mason Raymond’s ninth goal of the season 14:52 into the first period.
Raymond controlled the puck at the Calgary blueline, speeding along the left boards before dipping into the slot for a slapshot that went past goaltender Antti Niemi.
The Flames, looking for a 4-1 edge in the season series with their Pacific Division rival, went up 2-0 with 8:10 gone in the second period.
Mark Giordano’s hard shot from the blueline left a short rebound that Lance Bouma controlled and jammed into the net.
Burns gave the Sharks a spark with a goal in the final second of the second period.
The game clock showed 3.9 seconds when Joe Pavelski won an offensive-zone face-off and pulled the puck to Logan Couture along the right boards. Couture’s low pass to Burns turned into a one-higher that flew high past defenseman TJ Brodie and a screened goaltender Jonas Hiller with 0.9 seconds to play. Burns has 12 goals for the season, trailing only Pavelski and Couture on the Sharks.
NOTES: Evgeni Nabokov, who goaltended for the Sharks for 10 seasons, was obtained from the Tampa Bay Lightning for future considerations and is expected to retire as a Shark at a Wednesday noon press conference…Monday’s game drew a crowd of 17,010, the smallest attendance of the home season…Tommy Wingels came off Injured Reserve Monday and was in the San Jose line-up…San Jose finished with a 34-26 edge in shots on net.