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Late goal sinks Sharks in 3-2 loss to Flames

Curtis Pashelka, The Mercury News on

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CALGARY, Alberta -- Aaron Dell made a handful of acrobatic saves to keep the San Jose Sharks level with the Calgary Flames through much of the third period on Wednesday.

What at first glance looked like a routine save for Dell, though, ended up being the difference.

Dell allowed a wrist shot from Dougie Hamilton, that may have been redirected in front, get through him with 2:19 left in the third period in a 3-2 loss to the Flames.

Dell finished with 25 saves, including 10 in the third period, but the Sharks could only manage a split in its road trip against Alberta teams.

Brent Burns had a goal and assist for his fourth straight multi-point game as the Sharks played with five defensemen for almost all of regulation time.

With 10:05 left in regulation, Dell made three stops in three seconds, with his most acrobatic save coming on Matthew Tkachuk. Dell slid across his crease to his right and stopped Tkachuk's shot with his left pad to keep it a 2-2 game.

Mikkel Boedker had a chance to give the Sharks the lead with 5:24 left in the third period, as he was hauled down by T.J. Brodie on a breakaway and given a penalty shot. Boedker, who had four goals in his last two games, was stopped by Flames goalie Chad Johnson. Boedker was also foiled on a breakaway attempt with less than 10 seconds to go.

The Sharks had a 2-1 lead after the first period on goals by Logan Couture and Burns.

The Sharks struck first on the power play 9:40 into the first period as Couture redirected a Burns shot from just inside the blue line through the legs of Johnson.

The Flames got that goal back just 1:42 later, as Michael Frolik collected a loose puck in front of the Sharks net after a shot by Deryk Engelland and beat Dell for his 11th of the season.

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