"We get up on teams, (and) it's tough for teams to come back". ABOUT THE SHARKS (14-9-1): Goalie Martin Jones (12-8-1, 2.04 GAA, .921 SP) has played a big part in San Jose's surge while limiting four of his last five opponents to one goal or fewer. That's in the past, though, and now the Sharks host a team I think they're quite a bit better than on Friday night before getting some much-needed rest.
Carey Price made 28 saves for Montreal, and Andrew Lehkonen scored a power-play goal late in the third period. Burns, firing the puck from all over the ice in the first, capitalized on a power play with a slapper from the top of the circle.
Pavelski increased the San Jose lead at 19:03, storming towards the goal crease and redirecting a Joe Thornton centering pass on what was essentially a two-on-none rush.
Johnson made 23 saves and stopped two of three shots in the shoot-out for the Flames, who won consecutive home games for the first time this season.
If Jones stays on the run he's on, there's a very good chance they will. Gallagher recorded three points in the last three games and Shaw owns three goals in his past six contests, adding to an offense that ranked fifth in the league entering Thursday and boasts five players with at least 15 points.
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Ashley Fletcher gave the visitor's hope 10 minutes before the break, pouncing on David De Gea's error to make the score 1-1. Moments later the fans were celebrating a second for Ibrahimovic in injury time to cap off a great evening.
Tommy Wingels returned from a three-game absence with a lower body injury, replacing Ryan Carpenter, who had played the previous three games and scored his first National Hockey League goal on Wednesday in Los Angeles.
Of course, the Canadiens now lead the league with 34 points (New York is one point back with one more game played).
Facing Price, Jones knew he would have to be on top of his game.
Montreal, which sits atop the Atlantic, has gone 0-6-2 in Anaheim, Los Angeles and San Jose since topping the Ducks in a shootout on March 5, 2014. San Jose won both meetings last season and has taken six of the last seven meetings with the Canadiens, who have been struggling on the road with one win in their last five away from the Bell Centre.
In his last 11 games, Jones is now 8-2-1 with a 1.46 goals-against average and.945 save percentage. Starting with Wednesday's game against the Ottawa Senators, the Sharks will play nine games in 17 days before the Christmas break. Wingels was hurt in the first period of the Sharks' Nov. 25 game against the New York Islanders, but played center against Montreal with Micheal Haley and Melker Karlsson on the wings.