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Pavelski's two goals spark Sharks victory

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Joe Pavelski has certainly scored more dazzling goals in his career, and the Sharks have certainly played cleaner games.

But neither Pavelski nor his teammates are worried about the aesthetics at this stage, as the Sharks extended their win streak to four games Monday with a 3-2 victory over the Calgary Flames.

Pavelski--coming off his first career hat trick Saturday at Tampa Bay--scored twice against Calgary, including the eventual winner in the second period, to help move the Sharks six points ahead of the Los Angeles Kings for second place in the Pacific Division.

The Sharks allowed two goals in the first period and were outshot 11-6 in the third period but did just enough defensively to begin their four-game homestand on a positive note.

Both of Pavelski's goals came as a result of establishing position in front of the Flames' net. He redirected a Justin Braun shot from the point in the first period, then tipped in a pass from Joe Thornton in the second period for his 18th goal in the last 20 games.

Pavelski's second goal came on the power play with 5:06 left in the second period. Jason Demers kept the puck in at the blue line and passed it to Thornton, who patiently found Pavelski in front of the net for the tap-in goal.

It was an uneven first period for the Sharks, who controlled the play at times but were also victimized by a couple of mistakes.

At the 4:08 mark of the first, Flames forward Jiri Hudler collected the puck in the corner in the Sharks end, put it through defenseman Brad Stuart's legs and beat Antti Niemi with a backhand shot to the low glove side.

The Sharks responded with two goals a little more than eight minutes later. The first came off a shot from the point from Braun, which was redirected by Pavelski past Calgary goaltender Karri Ramo with 7:38 left in the period. Just 21 seconds later, Tommy Wingels' wrist shot from a bad angle got past Ramo for a 2-1 Sharks lead.

Later, the Flames tied the game when Niemi was unable to corral a shot from the blue line from Kevin Westgarth.

--The Sharks are taking a wait-and-see approach to the ownership situation surrounding the San Francisco Bulls, their East Coast Hockey League affiliate, which could fold or relocate to Fresno or Oakland as early as next week, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Any move hinges on league approval, and there is an ECHL meeting Tuesday in Philadelphia.

The Sharks have only a handful of players on the Bulls who are on two-way contracts. A Sharks spokesman said if the Bulls fold, those players would be reassigned to another minor league team. The Sharks could also seek to gain affiliation with another ECHL team in California.

--Marty Havlat and Mike Brown were scratches Monday for the Sharks. Former San Jose forward TJ Galiardi, with just two assists in nine games in 2014, was a healthy scratch for the Flames. The Sharks traded Galiardi to Calgary for a fourth-round pick in the 20154 draft.

--A moment of silence was held before the game for scout Jack Gardiner, who died Jan. 12 after a long battle with cancer. Gardiner, a professional scout for 34 years, joined the Sharks in 2004.

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