Thursday, February 10, 2011
When the San Jose Sharks hosted the Calgary Flames on this date in 1993 in front of 18,656 fans, few of the fans in attendance expected the 6-46-2 Sharks to defeat the 30-19-6 Flames when the Sharks scored on Calgary goaltender Jeff Reese when Johan Garpenlov converted on the power play at 2:51 of the first period to put the Sharks ahead 1-0.
It would take nearly ten minutes for the Flames to equalize the score when Gary Suter scored from Robert Reichel at 12:26. Calgary went ahead just 17 seconds later when Reichel scored on assists from Suter and goaltender Reese at 12:43. Gary Roberts extended the Flames lead at 16:17 from Theo Fleury and Suter and Ronnie Stern closed out the first period scoring with an assist from Joel Otto at 18:41, with all four of the Flames first period goals coming at even strength.
The Sharks held off the Flames onslaught for the first half of the second period before Roberts 33rd goal of the season from Paul Ranheim and goaltender Reese once again at 13:41. Reichel's second goal of the game came from Craig Berube and Fleury 32 second later. Fleury reached the 20 goal mark for the season when he scored at 19:32 from Flames captain Joe Nieuwendyk and Roberts at 19:32 to make the score after two periods 7-1 in favor of the Flames. As in the first period, all of the Calgary goals in the second were at even strength since Fleury's goal came just one second after the Sharks Neil Wilkinson's penalty had expired. For the period, the Flames out shot the Sharks 29-6.
The Flames then set a league record for the fastest three goals to start a period when they came out flying to open the third. Suter's second of the game, from Fleury and Reichel, came at the 17 second mark. Fleury and Reichel again received the assists on Chris Lindberg's goal at 40 seconds and Stern set the record at 53 seconds from Frantisek Musil and Al MacInnis to give the Flames a 10-1 lead.
Reichel completed a hat trick at 9:41 from MacInnis and Reese, who became the first goaltender in NHL history to score three points in a game with his third assist of the night, with one in each period. Stern then finished off his hat trick from Roberts and Musil at 15:oo. Two minutes later Brian Skrudland joined the scoresheet with an assist from Fleury at the 17 minute mark to close out the scoring with the Flames 13th goal of the game, all of which were scored at even strength!
Goalies Jeff Hackett and Arturs Irbe faced 42 shots in goal for the Sharks, with Hackett making 9 saves on 15 shots in 23:23 of playing time while Irbe made 14 saves on the 21 shots he faced in 35:37 of action. Reese, in addition to his NHL record scoring exploits, stopped 26 of the 27 Sharks shots to get the win.
Of the 19 Flames players, 14 scored at least a point and everyone finished with a positive plus/minus rating led by Fleury's +9, followed by Reichel at +7 for the evening. For the Sharks, veteran Doug Wilson had the roughest evening with a -7 rating.
Reichel led the scoring parade with 3 goals and 3 assists for 6 points, equalled by Fleury's 6 points from 1 goal and 5 assists. Defenseman Suter's 2 goals and 2 assists led the blueliners, which was equalled by Roberts 2 goals and 2 assists.
Today's featured jersey is a 1992-93 Calgary Flames Joe Nieuwendyk jersey as worn in the Flames record setting 13-1 win over the Sharks. Nieuwendyk became captain of the Flames in 1991 and remained so until his trade to Dallas in 1995. This jersey features the Stanley Cup Centennial patch worn on all players jerseys throughout the 1992-93 season.
Calgary would continue to wear this style jersey through the 1993-94 season until it was replaced after 22 seasons of use, which included a change in logo after the franchise's relocation from Atlanta to Calgary.