By David Pollak
SAN JOSE — The Sharks built two-goal leads each of their past two games without coming away with a victory in either.
Somebody must've gotten the memo.
On Thursday night, San Jose was relentless. And the Sharks ended up delivering the Calgary Flames a 6-1 shellacking that improved the NHL's best record to 14-3-1.
The goals came early and often. Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff was gone after San Jose built a 4-0 lead in the first period, and it was 5-0 just 1:18 into the second. Milan Michalek and Joe Pavelski had two goals each, with Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton contributing one each.
Sharks defensemen showed their offensive side as well with Christian Ehrhoff, Rob Blake and Dan Boyle each getting three assists, and their total of nine set a franchise record.
Even when his team gave up leads to Phoenix and Nashville, Sharks coach Todd McLellan was praising his team's overall effort. So it's not as if he lowered the boom on his players for stumbling a bit against Phoenix and Nashville in their last two games.
Still, McLellan said after the morning skate, there were some unspecified issues that needed to be brought up in practice Wednesday.
"Usually when we address it with the players, either individually or as a group, they react," he said.
Against Calgary, did they ever — especially on the power play, scoring four times with a man advantage.
Backup goalie Brian Boucher improved his record to 4-1-1, but the Flames ruined his bid for a third shutout of the season at 10:13 of the third period. With Sharks left wing Jody Shelley in the penalty box for interference, Flames left wing Mike Cammalleri knocked in a rebound.
Notes: Jonathan Cheechoo and Evgeni Nabokov each missed Thursday night's game, their third since sustaining injuries in the Sharks' 5-4 shootout win over St. Louis on Nov. 6. ... Cheechoo did practice for the third straight day, but he and McLellan decided it was in his best interests not to play against Calgary.
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