SAN JOSE (AP) — Elias Lindholm scored twice, Matthew Tkachuk added a goal and two assists, and the Calgary Flames beat the San Jose Sharks 4-2 on Thursday night.
Trevor Lewis also scored for Calgary, which won its third straight game. Dan Vladar made 31 saves for his 10th win.
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Nick Bonino and Logan Couture scored for San Jose, which lost its fifth in a row. James Reimer made 32 saves before coming off injured in the third period following a collision with Couture in the slot. He was able to skate on his own. Kaapo Kahkonen stopped all five shots he faced in relief.
Tkachuk opened the scoring for Calgary at 7:19 of the first period with his 33rd goal of the season.
Bonino responded with his 10th just over seven minutes later, but Lewis put the Flames back in front with his fifth of the season in the final minute of the first period.
Lindholm made it 3-1 with 6 1/2 minutes left in the second period with his 37th of the year leading the team. Couture scored his 23rd power-play goal at 5:24 of the third to bring the Sharks within one.
Lindholm added his 38th with an empty net in the last minute to secure the victory.
CLOSE ON 100
Flames LW Johnny Gaudreau had two assists to give him 99 points for the season, fourth most in the NHL. He could become the ninth Calgary player to reach 100 points and the first since Theo Fleury in 1992-93.
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END OF AN ERA
On Thursday morning, the Sharks announced that general manager Doug Wilson was stepping down after 19 seasons due to a medical issue that put him on leave in November.
“Although I have made great progress over the past few months, I believe it is in the best interests of the organization and myself to step back from my current duties and focus on my health and my full recovery,” Wilson said in a statement. “I look forward to continuing my NHL career in the future.”
Wilson, 64, has guided the Sharks to the playoffs 14 times, including five trips to the Conference Finals and an appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals in 2016.
Joe Will has taken over since Wilson went on leave and will continue in that role until San Jose hires a full-time replacement.
REMARKS: Lindholm is the first Flames player to score at least 38 goals in a season since Jarome Iginla, who scored 43 in 2010-11. … Sharks LW John Leonard (foot) and LW Jonah Gadjovich (hand) were both out after blocking shots last game and leaving early.
Sharks: In Vancouver on Saturday to begin a five-game road trip.
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