CALGARY -- Two weeks after a franchise record seven-game losing streak on home ice, the Calgary Flames appear to be turning their fortunes around. Under Armour Micro g Outlet . Mark Giordano scored the game-winner and Karri Ramo made 27 saves as the Flames knocked off the San Jose Sharks 4-1 on Thursday night for their fourth consecutive victory - all of them at the Scotiabank Saddledome. It comes two nights after Calgary knocked off the reigning Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks. "I would say tonight, by far, is probably our best team win of the season," said Flames coach Bob Hartley. "As a coaching staff, we cannot be more happy than we are right now. Those guys deserve the credit. We beat quite a hockey club tonight. From Karri Ramo to the six D to the four lines, everyone is chipping in." Leading 1-0 after the first period, the Flames grabbed a two-goal lead at 3:38 of the second. Mikael Backlunds shot missed the net but the puck caromed sharply off the end boards and out the other side where Giordano rifled it in the short side as goaltender Alex Stalock scrambled across. "There wasnt much room for Backs and I knew he was going to shoot it so youre just trying to read the rebound and with the new nets with them being a bit shorter, it comes out at different angles and the goalie doesnt really have a chance to get across," Giordano said. "It was a good bounce and I just tried to fire it as hard as I could on net." The ninth goal of the season for Giordano extends his career-high scoring streak to eight games (four goals, four assists). "I wouldnt have believed it (was possible). It just seems like Im getting a couple of bounces. Im trying to be aggressive and it seems the pucks coming to me at the right spot," said Giordano. Lee Stempniak, rookie Sean Monahan also scored for Calgary (20-27-7) and Jiri Hudler added an empty-net goal. Backlund and Dennis Wideman each had two assists. The Flames, who are enjoying their longest winning streak since reeling off five victories in a row in March 2012, are 4-0-0 with one game to go on a five-game homestand. "Sometimes it goes this way. The main thing is we kept working and nobody gave up when things were bad. Everybody learned from those and we started to do the right things," Ramo said. Eriah Hayes, with his first NHL goal, was the lone Shark to solve Ramo. San Jose (34-15-6) has lost three straight. The Sharks entered the game on two straight shutouts after losing 1-0 to Jonathan Quick and the Los Angeles Kings on Monday, and 3-0 in Edmonton on Wednesday, thanks to Ben Scrivens record-setting 59 saves. "Its a big concern of ours right now. In our last eight games, weve only scored 13 goals and 10 have them have come from three players," said Sharks coach Todd McLellan. "Obviously with injuries and every team goes through them, you need others to pick up the slack and weve got to find that." San Jose was held to eight shots in the first period but racked up 13 in the second, including multiple chances to score on Ramo. In one mad scramble around the Flames net, Hayes nearly scored only to have the puck cleared off the goal-line by Giordano. The Sharks finally cashed in 46 seconds into the third as this time Hayes would not be denied. After Chris Butler lost the puck in front of his net, a quick passing sequence with Tommy Wingels and Patrick Marleau set up Hayes less than 15 feet away and he buried a quick shot over Ramos glove. "Were getting tons of chances, great opportunities right in front like that. Its a little frustrating right now that the bounces arent going our way. Once the bounces start going our way, were going to be scoring a lot of goals," said Hayes, playing his 13th NHL game after being recalled from Worcester (AHL) on Jan. 4. That goal ended a stretch of a 160 minute, 36 second scoreless drought for the Sharks, who racked up 103 shots on goal before Hayes connected. "I think we just need to get back to finishing," said Sharks captain Joe Thornton. "We havent finished particularly well in the last three games and its definitely shown on the scoreboard. Youve just got to concentrate in that last half-second to see where youre going to shoot and put it in." The Flames restored their two-goal cushion after Ladislav Smids shot went wide and bounced out the other side for Joe Colborne, who directed it in front for Monahan. The rookie redirected it out of the air for his team-leading 15th goal. "Obviously, its a different feeling in the room right now. We have confidence as a group, were sticking together, working hard and were having fun doing it," Monahan said. Stalock finished the game with 26 stops as his record fell to 7-4-0. Making his fifth start in his last six games, Ramo improved to 11-10-4. Notes: The Sharks record for being shutout was 190:22 set in February 2007... Calgary LW Mike Cammalleri (concussion) missed his ninth game. He is back practising with the team and hopes to play Saturday against Minnesota... Tyler Kennedy (lower body) did not play for San Jose. He was hurt Wednesday night in Edmonton... Calgary is 16-9-7 in one-goal games and 4-18 in games decided by two-or-more goals... Since being converted to a forward, San Joses Brent Burns has 49 points (23 goals, 26 assists) in 66 games. Fake Curry 6 . -- The Sacramento Kings have claimed forward Travis Outlaw off waivers under the NBAs new amnesty provision, filling out the frontcourt with another veteran. Cheap Curry 6 Shoes .com) - Willie Cauley-Stein and Karl-Anthony Towns each scored 12 points in the top-ranked Kentucky Wildcats 70-55 victory over the Alabama Crimson Tide.SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Mone Davis had a bloop RBI single in the first inning to became the sixth girl to get a hit in Little League World Series history, and her Philadelphia team rallied in the sixth inning to beat Pearland, Texas, 7-6 on Sunday night. On Friday in Philadelphias opener, Davis threw a two-hitter and struck out eight in a 4-0 victory over Nashville, Tennessee. In the sixth inning against Pearland, Zion Spearman scored the winning run on shortstop Matt Adams two-out throwing error to first base. Scott Bandura reached on a bunt leading off the inning. Two outs later, Spearman tied it with a line-drive triple into the left-centre gap. "We had a feeling," Philadelphia manager Alex Rice said. "I feel badly for the young man who threw wide. ... We just felt good. There was no one who didnt think we were coming back." Pearland (1-1) had a four-run fifth to take a 6-3 lead. Cole Smajstrla hit a three-run home run and Layne Roblyer, who homered earlier, had an RBI single. Spearman and Kai Cummings drove in runs in the bottom of the inning to cut it to 6-5. Philadelphia will play Las Vegas on Wednesday night, with Davis expected to pitch again. Las Vegas also improved to 2-0 on Sunday, routing Chicago 13-2 in four innings. On Monday, Pearland will play Lynnwood, Washington; and Chicago will meet Cumberland, Rhode Island. In International play Sunday, South Korea and Japan each improved to 2-0. Seoul beat Humacao, Puerto Rico, 8-5; and Tokyo topped Guadalupe, Mexico 9-55. Curry 6 Outlet. Seoul will face Tokyo on Wednesday. LAS VEGAS 13, CHICAGO 2, 4 INNINGS Brad Stone hit a grand slam in the first inning and Las Vegas pounded the Jackie Robinson West team. "The grand slam was a big momentum changer right out of the gate," Las Vegas manager Ashton Cave said. "The ball started rolling, and the kids just jumped on the train and rode it out." Austin Kryszczuk homered twice, connecting in the second and fourth innings. Zach Hare and Dominic Clayton also homered. Las Vegas starter Brennan Holligan limited Chicago to two hits and struck out six. Chicagos Pierce Jones, who hit three home runs Thursday against Lynnwood, was 0 for 2 with a walk. "Ive got some things to cheer them up," Chicago manager Darold Butler said. "I kind of let them do what they want to do. ... I just let them be 12-year-old kids and have fun." SOUTH KOREA 8, PUERTO RICO 5 Jun Hyeok Yun stole home in the top of the sixth for the go-ahead run for Seoul. Entering as pinch runner, Yun raced home after teammate Hae Chan Choi drew a throw to second base from catcher Jeremy Colon. Seoul added two runs, and Jae Yeong Kim pitched a perfect bottom half. JAPAN 9, MEXICO 5 Shozo Kamata drove in two runs with pinch-hit single to give Tokyo the lead in the fifth inning. With the game tied at 5, Kamata hit a slow ground ball up the middle that escaped the reach of Mexicos shortstop and second baseman and made the score 7-5. Japan added two more in the inning. ' ' '
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