SAN JOSE, California – Elias Lindhome has scored twice, Matthew Takachuk has added a goal and two assists, and the Calgary Flame beat the San Jose Sharks 4-2 on Thursday night.
Trevor Lewis also scored for Calgary, winning his third consecutive game. Dan Vladar has 31 saves to secure his 10th win.
Nick Bonino and Logan Couture scored for San Jose, the fifth in a row. James Reimer made 32 saves before leaving with an injury in the third period after a clash with Couture at the crease. He was able to skate on his own strength. Capo Kahkonen stopped all five shots aimed at the relief.
Tkachuk started scoring for Calgary at 7:19 in the first period with his 33rd goal of the year.
Bonino answered with his 10th, just over seven minutes later, but Lewis returned the Flames with his fifth in the last minute of the opening period.
Lindhome made it 3-1 with 6 1/2 minutes left in the second period and led the 37th team of the year. Couture picked up his 23rd number in the power play at 5:24 of the third to bring the Sharks into one.
Lindhome secured the win by adding his 38th in the empty net in the last minute.
Closing at 100
Flames LW Johnny Goudreau gave him 99 points a season with two assists, the fourth-highest in the NHL. He could be the ninth Calgary player to reach 100 points since Theo Flurry in 1992-93.
The end of an era
On Thursday morning, the Sharks announced that General Manager Doug Wilson was resigning after 19 seasons because he had been discharged in November due to a medical problem.
Wilson said in a statement: “Although I have made great strides over the past few months, I think it is in the best interests of the organization and myself to step down from my current responsibilities and focus on my health and full recovery.” “I look forward to continuing my career in the NHL in the future.”
Wilson, 64, guided the Sharks to the playoffs 14 times, including five trips to the conference finals and appearances at the 2016 Stanley Cup finals.
Joe Will has been in charge since Wilson went on vacation and will remain in the role until a full-time replacement is hired in San Jose.
Note: Lindhome is the first Flame player to score 43 goals in 2010-11, with Jerome Ignler scoring at least 38 goals in a single season. … Shark LW John Leonard (foot) and LW Jonah Gadzovich (hand) were both out after stopping shots in the final game and leaving early.
Flame: To end a four-game road trip to Seattle on Saturday.
Sharks: Starting a five-game road trip in Vancouver on Saturday.