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Sharks continue slide with 4-1 loss to Flames

  • Bracken Kearns, left, ends up in the net after a check from Calgary Flames' Mark Giordano during second period on Thursday night. (JEFF MCINTOSH / Associated Press)

CALGARY, Alberta — There was no panic in the San Jose Sharks' dressing room after their 4-1 loss to the Calgary Flames on Thursday night. No sounding off by players or by coach Todd McLellan.

Instead, the Sharks remained steadfast that things will turn around. And that the frustration they're experiencing on offense — three straight losses and just five goals in the past five games — won't last much longer.

“I don't think that we had the energy we needed to create a lot. When we did, we were off the mark,” McLellan said. “It'll come for our team. We have a lot of talent, we have offensive players. We'll look at ways we can try to help them, and we're also going to get healthy at some point.”

The Sharks, shut out in their previous two games, made sure their offensive struggles didn't reach record proportions. Eriah Hayes recorded his first NHL goal 36 seconds into the third period to cut Calgary's lead to 2-1 and end a Sharks' scoring drought that had reached 160 minutes and 36 seconds.

Before Hayes scored, San Jose's last goal came from Joe Thornton in a 3-2 overtime win over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday. The Sharks' franchise scoreless streak record is 190:22, set over four games in February 2007.

But the Sharks, playing on back-to-back nights and their fourth game in six days, weren't able to sustain that momentum as they managed just seven shots in the third period.

“It was a relief to get a goal, it was a big goal. We had some looks, but we weren't very opportunistic,” Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle said. “Credit the other team for what they're doing, but you have to also look in the mirror to see if there are things you can do better or change.”

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