SJ San Jose Sharks 5
San Jose Sharks Sharks Overall (21-20)
ATS (15-26)
O/U (25-16)
December 31 2018
- SN1
CGY Calgary Flames 8
Calgary Flames Flames Overall (24-16)
ATS (23-17)
O/U (19-20-1)
Final
Money Line Total: 6 Puck Line ATS
123
2425 San Jose Sharks EVEN Under +105 (+1.5) -260 OVER: 13
122
2426 Calgary Flames -120 Over -125 (-1.5) +220 Cover: 1.5
323
Final
Money Line Total: 6 Puck Line ATS
2425 SJ EVEN Under: +105 (+1.5) -260 OVER: 13
2426 CGY -120 Over: -125 (-1.5) +220 Cover: 1.5
Line Movement
Money Line
Green = RECENT CHANGE Yellow = PREVIOUS LINE CHANGE
Money Line
12/31/2018
12:33 PM
CGY
-120
SJ
EVEN
Puck Line
Green = RECENT CHANGE Yellow = PREVIOUS LINE CHANGE
Puck Line
12/31/2018
12:33 PM
CGY(-1.5)
+220
SJ
-260
Total
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Total
12/31/2018
12:33 PM
6
-125
6
+105
Recap

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — The Flames are alone in first place heading into the new year thanks to a big game from their best players.

Johnny Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk each scored twice and added two assists, propelling Calgary to an 8-5 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Monday night.

Sean Monahan had five assists for the Flames, a career high for points in one game. Gaudreau and Tkachuk tied their career bests.

"I was happy with the way our team played," Gaudreau said. "It was going back and forth and back and forth for a little, but found a way to take it over in the third and get a big team win."

Calgary never trailed and finished 2018 atop the Pacific Division, two points up on Vegas and three ahead of the Sharks.

Mikael Backlund had two early goals and Elias Lindholm and James Neal also scored for the Flames, who improved to 8-1-3 in their last 12 home games. Lindholm set a career high with his 18th goal and added two assists.

"Our first line is contributing and driving the bus, but a lot of guys chipped in today and that was big for the team, too," Backlund said.

Joonas Donskoi had two goals to lead San Jose. Lukas Radil, Brent Burns and Joe Thornton also scored, but the Sharks lost in regulation for just the second time in 11 games (7-2-2).

"Every time we scored, they answered," captain Joe Pavelski said. "It was one of those weird nights where everything that was directed at the net found the way in."

Lindholm gave Calgary a 5-3 lead with 27 seconds left in the second period on a pretty goal. Gaudreau raced down the right wing before stopping sharply, then sending a pass across the slot to Lindholm, who one-timed it past goalie Aaron Dell.

Donskoi's second of the night, 48 seconds into the third, drew the Sharks back within a goal, but Calgary restored its two-goal cushion on the first goal in 25 games for Neal.

His fourth of the season and first since Nov. 1 was a lucky one. Sam Bennett patiently circled the Sharks end with the puck before firing it across the slot and banking it in off Neal's skate.

"Great play by Benny and it felt good to see it go in," said Neal, who hit a post in the second period. "As of late, when you're getting shots and you're getting back into your groove, I think it's visible, as a player and spectators watching, I think you can see my game start to get going a little bit more. It was a nice break."

Three minutes later, goals 41 seconds apart from Gaudreau — his 20th and 21st of the season — made it 8-4 and put the game away.

It was a feisty game throughout and tempers flared in the final minute. With 41 seconds left, all 10 skaters on the ice got involved in a melee in the Flames end. Then, with 23 seconds to go, a hit from Bennett on Radim Simek crumpled the Sharks defenseman, and Barclay Goodrow jumped in to fight Bennett, who was assessed a match penalty.

"Predatory," was how Sharks coach Peter DeBoer responded when asked about Bennett's hit.

After the play, players from both benches yelled angrily at each other.

"They got the lead in a game that got out of hand and it was kind of gutless at the end," Pavelski said.

David Rittich, making his seventh start in the last eight games, finished with 28 stops to get the win. He improved to 13-4-3.

Dell went the distance for San Jose. The eight goals allowed came on 27 shots as he fell to 5-5-3.

"That might have been the most bad luck I've seen in one game. Even their harmless shots ended up going off stuff and right in the net. Crazy, all-around game," Dell said.

NOTES: Calgary RW Michael Frolik returned to the lineup after being a healthy scratch the previous game and got his first two assists of the season. The first was the 200th of his career. ... Thornton played career game No. 1,525, moving him ahead of Brendan Shanahan into 17th all-time. ... Dion Phaneuf was the previous Flames player to have five assists in a game on Dec. 13, 2007.

UP NEXT

Sharks: Play at Colorado on Wednesday night.

Flames: Play at Detroit on Wednesday night.

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Matchup
Sharks Overall
W/L 21-20
ATS 15-26
Goals For 3.4
Goals Against 3.1
Total 25-16
Sharks Away
W/L 9-12
ATS 7-14
Goals For 3.3
Goals Against 3.6
Total 12-9
Date Opponent Result ATS O/U
Avg. Points For
Avg. Points Against
ATS
Over/Under
Flames Overall
W/L 24-16
ATS 23-17
Goals For 3.5
Goals Against 2.8
Total 19-20-1
Flames Home
W/L 12-8
ATS 11-9
Goals For 4.2
Goals Against 3.5
Total 14-5-1
Date Opponent Result ATS O/U
Avg. Points For
Avg. Points Against
ATS
Over/Under
Game Summary
1st Period
CGY 18:50 GOAL scored by Mikael Backlund assisted by Matthew Tkachuk and Michael FrolikSJ 0 CGY 1
SJ 13:07 GOAL scored by Lukas Radil assisted by Timo Meier and Logan CoutureSJ 1 CGY 1
SJ 12:00 Penalty to Joe Thornton 2 minutes for High Sticking (Drawn by Sean Monahan)
CGY 9:05 GOAL scored by Mikael Backlund assisted by Michael Frolik and Matthew TkachukSJ 1 CGY 2
SJ 2:44 Penalty to Erik Karlsson 2 minutes for Tripping (Drawn by Matthew Tkachuk)
CGY 2:36 Power play - GOAL scored by Matthew Tkachuk assisted by Sean Monahan and Mark GiordanoSJ 1 CGY 3
CGY 1:23 Penalty to Elias Lindholm 2 minutes for High Sticking (Drawn by Timo Meier)
2nd Period
CGY 17:09 Penalty to Rasmus Andersson 2 minutes for Tripping (Drawn by Kevin Labanc)
SJ 16:05 Power play - GOAL scored by Brent Burns assisted by Joe PavelskiSJ 2 CGY 3
SJ 11:13 Penalty to Melker Karlsson 2 minutes for Holding (Drawn by Mark Giordano)
CGY 9:13 GOAL scored by Matthew Tkachuk assisted by Johnny Gaudreau and Sean MonahanSJ 2 CGY 4
SJ 1:38 GOAL scored by Joonas Donskoi assisted by Evander Kane and Tomas HertlSJ 3 CGY 4
CGY 00:27 GOAL scored by Elias Lindholm assisted by Johnny Gaudreau and Sean MonahanSJ 3 CGY 5
3rd Period
SJ 19:12 GOAL scored by Joonas Donskoi assisted by Erik Karlsson and Evander KaneSJ 4 CGY 5
CGY 17:00 GOAL scored by James Neal assisted by Sam Bennett and Noah HanifinSJ 4 CGY 6
CGY 14:12 GOAL scored by Johnny Gaudreau assisted by Elias Lindholm and Sean MonahanSJ 4 CGY 7
CGY 13:31 GOAL scored by Johnny Gaudreau assisted by Sean Monahan and Elias LindholmSJ 4 CGY 8
SJ 9:15 Penalty to Kevin Labanc 2 minutes for Slashing (Drawn by Mark Jankowski)
CGY 7:47 Penalty to Johnny Gaudreau 2 minutes for Slashing (Drawn by Evander Kane)
SJ 6:45 Power play - GOAL scored by Joe Thornton assisted by Brent Burns and Erik KarlssonSJ 5 CGY 8
CGY 00:41 Penalty to Matthew Tkachuk 10 minutes for Misconduct (Drawn by Evander Kane)
CGY 00:41 Penalty to Rasmus Andersson 10 minutes for Misconduct (Drawn by Evander Kane)
CGY 00:23 Penalty to Sam Bennett 5 minutes for Fighting (Drawn by Barclay Goodrow) (Served by Johnny Gaudreau)
SJ 00:23 Penalty to Barclay Goodrow 5 minutes for Fighting (Drawn by Sam Bennett)
SJ 00:23 Penalty to Barclay Goodrow 10 minutes for Misconduct (Drawn by Sam Bennett)
CGY 00:23 Penalty to Sam Bennett 10 minutes for Misconduct (Drawn by Barclay Goodrow)
SJ 00:23 Penalty to Barclay Goodrow 2 minutes for Instigator (Drawn by Sam Bennett)
SJ 00:41 Penalty to Evander Kane 10 minutes for Misconduct (Drawn by Matthew Tkachuk)
CGY 00:41 Penalty to Oliver Kylington 2 minutes for Tripping (Drawn by Joonas Donskoi)
SJ 00:41 Penalty to Evander Kane 2 minutes for Roughing (Drawn by Elias Lindholm) (Served by Lukas Radil)
Box Score
Sharks
Forwards G A PTS SOG BLKS PIM TOI
Timo Meier (RW) 011000:0013:43
Evander Kane (LW) 0225012:0018:09
Lukas Radil (LW) 101200:0011:46
Tomas Hertl (C) 011010:0018:45
Joe Pavelski (C) 011300:0016:59
Logan Couture (C) 011020:0018:13
Kevin Labanc (RW) 000002:0012:31
Melker Karlsson (C) 000122:0012:16
Joonas Donskoi (RW) 202210:0012:39
Joe Thornton (C) 101102:0013:43
Barclay Goodrow (RW) 0002017:0013:31
Marcus Sorensen (LW) 000100:0011:00

Defensemen G A PTS SOG BLKS PIM TOI
Justin Braun (D) 000220:0022:59
Erik Karlsson (D) 022412:0023:53
Radim Simek (D) 000020:0016:38
Marc-Edouard Vlasic (D) 000120:0020:21
Brenden Dillon (D) 000120:009:55
Brent Burns (D) 112820:0026:10

Goalies SAVES/SHOTS GA SAVE PCT
Aaron Dell (G) 19/278.704LOSS
Martin Jones (G) 0/00.000
Flames
Forwards G A PTS SOG BLKS PIM TOI
Derek Ryan (C) 000100:0013:34
Matthew Tkachuk (LW) 2245010:0020:17
Elias Lindholm (RW) 123112:0017:01
Mark Jankowski (C) 000100:0013:47
Johnny Gaudreau (LW) 224302:0017:27
James Neal (LW) 101120:0014:27
Dillon Dube (LW) 000000:008:13
Sam Bennett (C) 0115115:0013:51
Michael Frolik (RW) 022000:0014:44
Garnet Hathaway (RW) 000100:0011:59
Mikael Backlund (C) 202210:0018:08
Sean Monahan (C) 055300:0017:30

Defensemen G A PTS SOG BLKS PIM TOI
Oliver Kylington (D) 000012:0015:01
Mark Giordano (D) 011120:0024:23
Rasmus Andersson (D) 0000212:0014:33
Noah Hanifin (D) 011220:0019:56
T.J. Brodie (D) 000030:0020:41
Travis Hamonic (D) 000120:0019:41

Goalies SAVES/SHOTS GA SAVE PCT
Mike Smith (G) 0/00.000
David Rittich (G) 28/335.848WIN
Officials
Linesmen Libor Suchanek
Linesmen David Brisebois
Referee Kendrick Nicholson
Referee Dan O'Halloran