The All-Star game is Jan. 26

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CALGARY Scott Darling Jersey , Alberta (AP) — Evander Kane continued his mastery of the Calgary Flames with another big performance for the San Jose Sharks.Kane scored twice and added an assist in the Sharks’ 5-2 victory Thursday night.Kane has nine goals and 13 points in five games against the Flames since being acquired from Buffalo in a trade last February.“We’re in the same division, they’re a top team,” said Kane, who had a game-high eight shots and was plus-3. “You’d like to think we rise to the occasion as a group and I thought we did that tonight. Those points are so valuable. It’s a four-point game against a team we’re chasing.”Four consecutive wins move the Sharks to within two points of Calgary for top spot in the division.Tomas Hertl also scored twice, and Brent Burns added a goal, and Martin Jones made 36 saves.Jones was at his best in third period, turning aside all 12 shots he faced including diving across the crease to get the paddle of his stick on a shot from Johnny Gaudreau.“Their power play looked really, really dangerous,” San Jose captain Joe Thornton said Youth Sebastian Aho Jersey , “and he probably made six or seven quality saves that probably saved us the game.”Mark Jankowski and TJ Brodie scored for Calgary. The Flames lost at home in regulation for the first time in nine games.Mike Smith took the loss after stopping 16 in relief after David Rittich was pulled in the first period.After Calgary opened the scoring on Jankowski’s goal at 4:36 of the first period, the Sharks scored on three straight shots in a 1:25 span.Kane tied it at 12:39 when he spun and sent a shot on net that dribbled through Rittich’s pads. Rittich then raced to a loose puck, but fired it straight into Burns, who skated in by himself and slid it into the vacated net. That was the end of the night for Rittich after allowing two goals on six shots.“He didn’t look comfortable,” Flames coach Bill Peters said. “I didn’t like either goal.”It didn’t start off any better for Smith, who was beaten by Hertl on a deflection 22 seconds after entering the game.Calgary turned on the pressure for much of the third period, but couldn’t get any closer despite several great chances.“You’ve got to bear down,” said Calgary’s Sean Monahan, who finished a game-worst minus-3. “It’s the NHL and it’s not easy to score goals. When you get your chances Authentic Teuvo Teravainen Jersey , you’ve got to be ready and put the puck in the back of the net or if not, it’s going to come back to bite you.”NOTES: Thornton had an assist for his 1,000th point with the Sharks. With 1,047 career assists, he moved within two of Gordie Howe for ninth on the NHL list. … Calgary fell to 24-4-1 when scoring first.UP NEXTSharks: At Edmonton on Saturday night.Flames: At Vancouver on Saturday night. Alex Ovechkin will skip the NHL’s All-Star Weekend in San Jose to get some extra rest and serve an automatic one-game suspension.The Washington Capitals announced Ovechkin’s decision Wednesday, hours before the league unveiled the full All-Star rosters. The team said the NHL’s leading goal-scorer wants to take advantage of the adjoining bye week to prepare for the second half of the season.“My body needs a rest,” Ovechkin said after practice Wednesday. The 33-year-old Russian has played in 202 consecutive regular-season games and leads the Capitals with 45 points in 33 games this season.Washington’s final game before the All-Star break is Jan. 23 at Toronto. The All-Star game is Jan. 26, and the Capitals don’t play again until Feb. 1 against Calgary.Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly confirmed Ovechkin must miss either the game before or after the All-Star break. The NHL recently instituted an automatic one-game suspension for players who chose not to participate in All-Star Weekend, except in cases of injury.Fans voted Ovechkin Womens Victor Rask Jersey , the reigning playoff MVP, as the captain of the Metropolitan Division All-Star team. With Ovechkin not going, the defending Stanley Cup champions will be represented by goaltender Braden Holtby and defenseman John Carlson on a Metropolitan team that also includes Penguins captain Sidney Crosby and Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist.Toronto’s Auston Matthews is captain for the Atlantic Division team that includes teammate John Tavares, Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos from the league-leading Lightning and Buffalo’s Jack Eichel.Along with Central Division captain Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado teammate Mikko Rantanen was named an All-Star along with Chicago’s Patrick Kane and Nashville’s Pekka Rinne and Roman Josi. Edmonton’s Connor McDavid is the captain of the Pacific Division team that includes three players from the host San Jose Sharks: captain Joe Pavelski and defensemen Brent Burns and Erik Karlsson.

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