Calgary tightened his grip on the Pacific Division peak on Monday night thanks to great nights from his best players.
Johnny Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk each scored twice and added two assistants and Sean Monahan had five helpers lifting the flame to an exciting 8-5 victory over the San Jose Sharks.
Monahan's five-point night was a career high, while Gaudreau and Tkachuk tied career stocks.
"I was happy with the way our team did," Gaudreau said. "It went back and forth and back and forth for a bit, but found a way to take it over to third and get a big team victory."
Joonas DonskoiThe second night, 48 seconds into third, Sharks returned to within a 5-4 goal, but Calgary restored a two-way cushion just over two minutes later on the first goal in 25 games for Neal.
Neals fourth of the season and first goal since November 1 was a lucky one. Sam Bennett Patiently, the Sharks circled the end with the puck before firing it over the slit and knocking it out of Neal's skate.
"Great play by Benny and it felt good to see it go in," said Neal, who hit a target in the second period. "As late as you get shot and you get back in your track, I think it's visible as a player and spectators look at, I think you can see my game start coming a little more. Was a good break . "
Goal 41 seconds except Gaudreau – his 20th and 21st season – made it 8-4 shortly after putting the game away.
Calgary never dragged on. Mikael Backlund scored 1:10 in the game and after Luke Radil tied it, Backlund's second of the night at. 10:55 gave Flames the lead again.
"Our first line contributes and drives the bus, but many guys today, and that was great for the team," Backlund said.
Elias Lindholm Set a career high with his 18th goal and also added two assists to round off the score for Calgary (24-12-4). The Flames improved to 8-1-3 in their last dozen games at home.
Burned Burns and Joe Thornton also scored for san jose (21-13-7). Sharks lost in regulation for the second time in their last 11 (7-2-2).
"Every time we scored, they replied," Sharks captain said Joe Pavelski. "It was one of the weird nights, where everything that was geared towards the net came in."
A feisty game throughout, temples cooked over in the last minute of the game. With 41 seconds left, all 10 skaters on the ice were involved in a proximity to the Flames end. Then with 23 seconds left, a late hit from Bennett on Radim Simek curly Sharks defense man. Barclay Goodrow jumped in to fight Bennett, who was assessed a fight penalty.
"Predatory" is how Sharks coach Peter DeBoer responded when asked about the Bennett hit.
The event resulted in players from both benches shouting at each other angrily.
"They got the lead in a game that was out of hand, and it was a little gutless at the end," Pavelski said.
David Rittich, making his seventh start in the last eight, finished 28 stops to win. He improved to 13-4-3.
Dell walked the distance to San Jose. The eight goals allowed were 27 shots when he dropped to 5-5-3.
"It could have been the most disadvantage I have seen in a game. Even their harmless shots ended up going out of business and just in the net. Crazy, all-round games," Dell said.
Notes: Calgary RW Michael Frolik Returned to the line-up after being a healthy scratch last game and he recorded his first two assists of the season. The first was the 200th of his career … Thornton played career game # 1,525, moved him in front of Brendan Shanahan and into 17. always … Dion Phaneuf had Flames last helper evening on December 13, 2007.