SAN JOSE -- The Sharks rallied for two goals in the third period and extended their winning streak to seven games, beating the Calgary Flames 2-1 on Friday night at HP Pavilion.
San Jose got the decisive goal after TJ Galiardi won a battle for the puck along the boards and brought it out in front of the Flames net. With Brent Burns fighting for position, the puck squirted loose to Joe Pavelski, who buried it behind Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff to give the Sharks the lead with 2:06 left in the third period.
The Sharks held on from there to match their seven-game streak that started the season and move into sole possession of fourth place in the Western Conference.
"We're finding ways to win," Logan Couture said. "Down a goal going into the third, we played a little desperate and scored two goals. Guys are stepping up and making big plays."
The Sharks have outscored their opponents 23-10 during their win streak, with Antti Niemi getting all of the starts in goal. Niemi made 23 saves against the Flames.
Each winning streak amounts to 14 points, but the Sharks, who wrap up their seven-game homestand Sunday against Dallas, feel better about the way they're playing right now than they did at the start of the abbreviated campaign.
"We're playing the right way right now," coach Todd McLellan said. "We're playing the type of hockey that allows us to win consistently.
"At the start of the year, scoring five or six goals a night, we looked like the Globetrotters there for a while. We weren't going to continue to play that way. We're playing a better brand of game right now."
Dan Boyle also scored in the third period for the Sharks, who were playing a Flames team that might be the worst squad left on their schedule. Calgary entered the game 14th in the Western Conference, which included a 3-11-2 record away from home, and was just days removed from dealing veterans Jarome Iginla and Jay Bouwmeester for prospects and draft picks.
Of the seven straight wins, though, five have come against teams in playoff position.
"We knew this homestand was going to be really crucial for us this year, and we've done a good job with it so far," Couture said. "We have one more before we head on the road, and Dallas is a division team, so we're looking forward to that one."
McLellan said Torres was under the weather Thursday night, which played a role in his decision. Torres felt better Friday morning and said he was fine with not rushing into the Sharks' lineup.
Dallas (17-17-3) at Sharks (20-11-6), 1 p.m., CSN-Plus
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