In a battle between two teams aiming for the same playoff spot, the Calgary Flames took the win in overtime, beating the San Jose Sharks, 3-2, moving both teams up one spot. The win is only the Flames' second in overtime this season.
Fifty-three seconds into the match, Logan Couture unleashed a snapshot at point-blank range, getting the Sharks on the board first. It didn't take too long, though, for a San Jose bench minor and a hooking call to diminish that momentum. The rest of the period was pretty much all Calgary -- that was, until with 29 seconds ticks left, Curtis Glencross made a questionable hit along the boards on Jason Demers. In response, Ryan Clowe dropped the gloves with Guillame Desbiens, as well as a game misconduct and a five-minute boarding call for Glencross.
The major penalty continued into the second period and the Sharks held the advantage in puck possession, using the power play to generate opportunities. Yet, Flames rookie Sven Baertschi evened the score. Late in the second, Jarome Iginla gave Calgary the lead with his 30th goal of season -- his 11th straight season reaching at least 30 goals.
Despite obtaining the lead from their perennially-producing captain, the Flames didn't live up to the moment when Tom Kostopoulos turned the puck over at the blue line to Couture, who responded with his 30th goal of the season with an early third-period power play. The game-tying goal was the second straight game where the Sharks had an early third period power play goal.
Even though Calgary hasn't had much success in the extra frame, they got a huge break on a 2-on-1 that Matt Stajan made no mistake on to get the game-winning goal for the 3-2 win.