The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Sharks
Blake Comeau skated with the team at the morning skate and was given the go-ahead to play after taking warm-ups. He suffered an upper body injury on Mar. 2, sitting out for four games.
Comeau set up the game winner in overtime, making a beautiful pass to Matt Stajan who promptly deposited it into the net. He played 18:32, one shot on net, two hits and two blocked shots.
TJ Brodie, Lance Bouma, Mike Cammalleri and Tim Jackman are all still day-to-day with upper body injuries. Chris Butler (thigh laceration), Mikael Backlund (upper body), Lee Stempniak (high ankle sprain) and Blair Jones (broken foot) are on the injured reserve.
Krys Kolanos sat as the healthy scratch.
After scoring the first goal in 11straight games, some casual play in the defensive zone saw the Flames give up the first goal just 53 seconds into the contest.
Logan Couture was standing all alone in front of the net when the puck landed on his stick. He took one shot, grabbed the rebound and threw it over a sprawling Miikka Kiprusoff to notch his 29th goal of the year.
The first period saw the Sharks outshoot the Flames by a 10-8 margin and outchance them 6-1.
Winger Curtis Glencross was looking to push his scoring streak to eight games but that was derailed by the game misconduct he took late in the first period.
After Jason Demers knocked Glencross to the ice in front of the San Jose net, the forward retaliated by plastering Demers into the glass. The blueliner fell to the ice in a heap and was cut up from the play. The officials deemed the hit worthy of a 5:00 boarding call and a game misconduct.
The Glencross infraction gave the Sharks a 4:32 power play to start the second period with but the Flames managed to kill off the penalty thanks to smart play by their PK units and Kiprusoff's play.
A 1:14 after killing off the boarding call, rookie Sven Baertschi tied it up.
Baertschi has scored two goals in the three games he has played since being recalled on an emergency basis last week. He potted his first NHL marker on Sunday afternoon in a 5-4 victory over the Minnesota Wild.
Late in the stanza, captain Jarome Iginla scored the go-ahead goal with a rocket that flew past Antti Niemi blocker side. Mark Giordano stole the puck as he was stepping out of the penalty box, carried it into the zone and dished it off to Iginla. He wasted no time in whipping on net, knowing the netminder likely wouldn't be able to get across the blue pain in time to stop the shot.
The winger now has scored 30 goals in 11 straight seasons.
The San Jose Sharks reside in the final playoff position due to the overtime point but the Flames are in ninth. They jumped over Colorado with the victory. All three teams have 78 points.