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."
With the Flames leading 2-0 in the second period, the Sharks let a glorious chance for a goal get away.
James Sheppard drove toward the net on a breakaway, and his shot got behind Flames goalie Karri Ramo. But the puck was kept out of the net by defenseman Mark Giordano. Hayes followed the play and had another whack at the puck from in close, but it stayed out.
"I found the puck behind their goalie. I have to put that one home," Hayes said. "Their d-man came out of nowhere and made a nice play. It bounced off me, it bounced off the post and somehow squirted out. I have to bear down on that and put it in the back of the net."
The first period had the opposite feel of Wednesday's game in Edmonton, even though the end result was the same. Whereas the Sharks outshot the Oilers 20-7 in the first, the Flames had a 12-8 advantage in that area on Thursday. In both games, San Jose trailed 1-0 after one, as Lee Stempniak scored for Calgary 9:41 into the game.
"Coming off back-to-back nights, it's hard. But I thought in the second period, we responded well," Sharks captain Joe Thornton said. "They played well. They play a hard checking game. We had some chances, we just couldn't bear down."
Forward Tyler Kennedy had a lower-body injury and did not play. Kennedy is considered day to day, McLellan said.
Kennedy had just seven shifts and had 2 minutes and 55 seconds of ice time before he left Wednesday's 3-0 loss to Edmonton.McLellan said Logan Couture is working toward returning to the team from his hand injury before the Olympic break, which, for the Sharks, begins Feb. 8. The Sharks play four games at home before the break begins.
California pot: Smoke it (or eat it) if you can get it
OAKLAND — It wasn’t exactly reefer madness Monday as California launched the first legal sales of recreational marijuana, but those who could find the drug celebrated the historic day, lining up early for ribbon cuttings, freebies and offerings ranging from cookies to gummy bears to weed with names like heaven mountain.
Jeff Deakin, 66, his wife Mary and their dog waited in the cold all night to be first in a line of 100 people when Harborside dispensary, a longtime medical pot shop in Oakland, opened at 6 a.m. and offered early customers joints for a penny and free T-shirts that read “Flower to the People — Cannabis for All.”
“It’s been so long since others and myself could walk into a place where you could feel safe and secure and be able to get something that was good without having to go to the back alley,” Deakin said. “This is kind of a big deal for everybody.”
Harborside founder Steve DeAngelo used a giant pair of scissors to cut a green ribbon, declaring, “With these scissors I dub thee free,” before ringing up the first customer at a cash register.
Sales were brisk in the shops lucky to score one of the roughly 100 state licenses issued so far, but customers in some of the state’s largest cities were out of luck. Los Angeles and San Francisco hadn’t authorized shops in time to get state licenses and other cities, such as Riverside and Fresno, blocked sales altogether.
Licensed shops are concentrated in the San Francisco Bay Area, San Diego, around Palm Springs, San Jose and Santa Cruz, where the KindPeoples shop tacked up a banner Monday declaring, “Prohibition is Over!”
The state banned what it called “loco-weed” in 1913, though it has eased criminal penalties for use of the drug since the 1970s and was the first state to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes in 1996.
California voters in 2016 made it legal for adults 21 and older to grow, possess and use limited quantities of marijuana, but it wasn’t legal to sell it for recreational purposes until Monday.
The nation’s most populous state now joins a growing list of states, and the nation’s capital, where so-called recreational marijuana is permitted even though the federal government continues to classify pot as a controlled substance, like heroin and LSD.
The signs that California was tripping toward legal pot sales were evident well before the stroke of midnight. California highways flashed signs before New Year’s Eve that said “Drive high, Get a DUI,” reflecting law enforcement concerns about stoned drivers. Weedmaps, the phone app that allows customers to rate shops, delivery services and shows their locations, ran a full-page ad Sunday in the Los Angeles Times that said, “Smile California. It’s Legal.”
Travis Lund, 34, said he’d been looking forward while working the graveyard shift to buy weed legally for the first time since he began smoking pot as a teen.
“I’m just stoked that it’s finally legal,” he said after purchasing an eighth of an ounce of “Mount Zion” and another type of loose leaf marijuana at Northstar Holistic Collective in Sacramento, where the fragrance of pot was strong. “I’m going to go home and get high — and enjoy it.”
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