Late goal sinks Sharks in 3-2 loss to FlamesJanuary 12, 2017 8:00am

Jan. 12-- CALGARY, Alberta-Aaron Dell made a handful of acrobatic saves to keep the San Jose Sharks level with the Calgary Flames through much of the third period on Wednesday.

What at first glance looked like a routine save for Dell, though, ended up being the difference.

Dell allowed a wrist shot from Dougie Hamilton, that may have been redirected in front, get through him with 2:19 left in the third period in a 3-2 loss to the Flames.

Dell finished with 25 saves, including 10 in the third period, but the Sharks could only manage a split in its road trip against Alberta teams.

Brent Burns had a goal and assist for his fourth straight multi-point game as the Sharks played with five defensemen for almost all of regulation time.

With 10:05 left in regulation, Dell made three stops in three seconds, with his most acrobatic save coming on Matthew Tkachuk. Dell slid across his crease to his right and stopped Tkachuk's shot with his left pad to keep it a 2-2 game.

Mikkel Boedker had a chance to give the Sharks the lead with 5:24 left in the third period, as he was hauled down by T.J. Brodie on a breakaway and given a penalty shot. Boedker, who had four goals in his last two games, was stopped by Flames goalie Chad Johnson. Boedker was also foiled on a breakaway attempt with less than 10 seconds to go.

The Sharks had a 2-1 lead after the first period on goals by Logan Couture and Burns.

The Sharks struck first on the power play 9:40 into the first period as Couture redirected a Burns shot from just inside the blue line through the legs of Johnson.

The Flames got that goal back just 1:42 later, as Michael Frolik collected a loose puck in front of the Sharks net after a shot by Deryk Engelland and beat Dell for his 11th of the season.

Burns helped the Sharks retake the lead after a nice forecheck by the Sharks' fourth line.

Boedker won a battle for the puck behind the Flames net and sent it around the boards back to Burns, whose shot got through traffic and past Johnson for his team-leading 17th goal of the season.

The Flames tied it with 32 seconds left in the second period.

With Brenden Dillon in the box for holding Matt Stajan in a retaliatory move, Tkachuk redirected a Mikael Backlund shot from inside the blue line past Dell for the rookie's eighth goal of the season.

The Sharks were shorthanded due to a mistake made on their lineup card.

Defenseman Mirco Mueller was listed as being a scratch for the game on the lineup sheet the Sharks gave to the league's scorer before the game. When the game began, though, Mueller was in uniform and took a shift with Brent Burns early in the first period.

When on-ice officials noticed Mueller on the ice 6:36 into the first period, he was ruled ineligible and had to leave the game.

According to NHL Rule 5.1, "Prior to the game, if an official (on-ice or off-ice) notices that a player is in uniform but has not been included on the Official Game Report, the Referee shall bring this to the attention of the offending team so that the necessary correction can be made to the Official Game Report (and no penalty is assessed)."

NHL Rule 5.2 states, "Only players on the list submitted to the Official Scorer before the game may participate in the game."

Defenseman Paul Martin was on the list initially submitted to league officials. Martin went through pre-game warmups, presumably to test out his leg after he blocked a shot Tuesday night against the Edmonton Oilers and briefly left the game.

Martin, though, was not in uniform when the game began.

The Sharks were already short on NHL experience on the blue line.

Dylan DeMelo will be out multiple weeks with what appears to be a hand/wrist injury he suffered in Tuesday's 5-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers. As a result, Tim Heed made his NHL debut Wednesday.

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