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Monday, January 20th (All times Eastern)

Calgary Flames (16-26-7) at San Jose Sharks (31-12-6), 10:30 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - After going 3-0 on a recent road trip, the San Jose Sharks will try to stay hot when they begin a four-game homestand in Monday's clash against the Calgary Flames.

San Jose turned in a perfect three-game swing by recording wins at Washington, Florida and Tampa Bay. The successful trek pushed the Sharks' road record this season to 15-10-3, which still pales in comparison to the club's stellar 16-2-3 mark at the SAP Center.

The Sharks earned a win in the finale of their swing on Saturday despite allowing Tampa Bay forward Martin St. Louis to score four times. Thankfully for San Jose, no other Lightning player was able to score as the Sharks picked up a 5-4 regulation victory at Tampa Bay Times Forum.

San Jose's Joe Pavelski had the game's final three goals, all coming in the second period. He scored 21 seconds apart before he was credited with a deflection with one minute remaining, giving him the first hat trick of his career.

"It was a sloppy game. A lot of turnovers that created a lot of skating up and down for no reason. It got better in the third, but after talking about it for two periods I hope it would have been better," said Sharks coach Todd McLellan.

Patrick Marleau posted a goal and two assists for San Jose. Antti Niemi made 25 saves, including six in the third period to preserve the Sharks' one-goal lead.

Calgary, meanwhile, has lost three straight, six of seven and 10 of its last 12 games. The Flames did pick up a point in Saturday's 3-2 shootout loss at Vancouver, although the game will be best remembered for what happened in the first period.

Chris Higgins netted the winner in the fifth round of the shootout for Vancouver, a quiet ending to a contentious contest which featured more than 200 minutes in penalties.

Two seconds after the drop of the puck, Calgary's Kevin Westgarth engaged Vancouver defenseman Kevin Bieksa at center ice, and eventually all 10 skaters paired off in a line brawl. Both head coaches also argued with each other from their perches on the bench. When order was restored, all 10 players were given misconducts -- eight of which forced combatants off the ice for the remainder of the game.

There were 150 penalty minutes assessed to both sides (81 to the visitors, 69 to the hosts) by the time the contest was 4 1/2 minutes old, owing to a second minor scrum a short time later.

At intermission, Canucks head coach John Tortorella attempted to reach the Flames' locker room, but Calgary players and Vancouver staff restrained him. It is expected that Tortorella will receive supplemental discipline from the NHL for his actions. He is scheduled to have an in-person disciplinary hearing with the league on Monday.

"Suddenly, I lifted my head and there he was," said Flames coach Bob Hartley of the bizarre incident involving Tortorella.

Mark Giordano and Matt Stajan scored for the Flames, and Karri Ramo also came up with 31 stops in a losing effort.

Calgary is 9-12-4 as the road club this season and has lost two straight and six of its last seven games in San Jose. The Sharks are 2-0 against the Flames so far in the 2013-14 season and have won three straight and four of the past five encounters.

01/20 10:55:38 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CAR 4
TOR 1
Final
DUKE 66
UCONN 56
Final
CHI 103
NYK 97
 
Final
HOU 90
NOP 99
 
2nd
SAC 54
MIL 57
 
1st
GSW 25
OKC 36
 
Final
RICE 72
STTHOMASTX 61
 
Final
UVA 70
CLST 54
Final
LIU 69
FIU 58
 
Final
STET 67
GSOUT 76
 
Final
QUIN 80
LEH 65
 
Final
SFLA 69
SHU 89
Final
RICH 65
SALA 54
Final
CAN 60
USB 59
 
Final
DEL 62
TEMPL 82
Final
WCU 56
WRST 69
 
Final
VERM 56
YALE 57
 
Final
SDKST 75
IDST 72
 
Final
RIDE 62
MRGST 48
 
Final
LATU 79
NICST 54
 
Final
CHAR 75
APP 65
Final
MISS 71
CCAR 68
 
Final
DUKE 66
UCONN 56
Final
BRAD 80
EUREK 38
 
Final
PEAY 76
OAKC 52
 
Final
JST 66
SMISS 46
 
Final
SD 55
MNTST 53
 
Final
UAB 70
LSU 79
 
1st OT
EVAN 71
OHIO 69
 
Half
CSFU 30
CSDH 17
 
Half
ORST 48
DEP 28
 
Half
PAC 35
NEV 17
 
2nd
USF 52
PORST 22
 
Half
IDAHO 49
WALLA 18
 
Half
UTST 20
CALST 18
 
Final
PIT 1
COL 0
Final
PHI 1
FLA 2
Final
CAR 4
TOR 1
Final
CLB 4
WAS 5
Final
MON 1
ANA 2
1st
SJS 0
EDM 1
 
1st
LOS 0
STL 2
 
4th
JAC 21
TEN 13