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CALGARY, Alberta -- The Calgary Flames are not a playoff team but they are not willing to just hand over points to teams heading to the post-season party.

Forward Michael Cammalleri's shootout winner continued the club's trend of battling to the end as the Flames came up with a come-from-behind 2-1 shootout victory over the Pacific Division leading San Jose Sharks on Monday night.

Cammalleri had his point-scoring streak snapped at seven games, but was the lone marksman in the shootout before the announced Scotiabank Saddledome sellout crowd of 19,289.

The upside for the Sharks is they clinched a playoff spot for the 10th consecutive season with the result. However, they do not just have top spot in the Pacific Division in their sights. They are eyeing up top spot in the overall standings and things looked good early.

San Jose center James Sheppard opened the scoring late in the first period, taking advantage of a lucky break in the process, for his fourth goal of the season.

Sheppard drove to the net and was hit in the back by the puck shot by left winger Matt Nieto. While Flames goaltender Karri Ramo was searching for the puck, Sheppard was able to gain possession and pretty much had an open net for the tally.

Calgary regrouped after being outplayed in the first period and drew even late in the second period when center Joe Colborne converted a feed from rookie defenseman Tyler Wotherspoon.

Wotherspoon, playing in his 10th NHL game, faked a point shot but sent a firm cross-ice pass to Colborne on the far side, and he ripped a high shot past goalie Alex Stalock for his ninth goal of the season.

It is the 43rd one-goal game of the season for the Flames, whose franchise record for clashes that close is 45.

Ramo stopped 33 shots for the Flames (30-35-7) through overtime and then denied center Joe Pavelski, left winger Patrick Marleau and Sheppard in the shootout.

Stalock stopped center Jiri Hudler and Colborne in the shootout for the Sharks (46-18-9). San Jose leads the league in shootout wins, but has lost two consecutive and are 10-7 on the season.

NOTES -- Before the puck dropped on Monday's action, the Flames had the distinction of having scored the most goals of any NHL team since the March 5 trade deadline. Calgary managed 39 goals in 10 games before facing the Sharks, an impressive run for a team that was near the bottom of the league in scoring prior to the deadline. To compare, the Boston Bruins, the NHL's hottest team, scored 37 in their 11 games since the trade deadline ... San Jose D Brad Stuart returned to action for the first time since suffering an undisclosed upper-body injury. To make room for him on the roster, D Matt Tennyson was sent to the AHL Worcester Sharks ... Flames G Karri Ramo's return from injury on the weekend prompted the team to send G Joni Ortio back to the minors ... The Sharks received a scare when C Logan Couture limped to the room after blocking a shot late in the first period. Couture missed 10 minutes of the second period, took one shift, and left for good.
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