SAN JOSE -- Coach Todd McLellan meant it as a compliment when he called Joe Pavelski "a greasy-type player" on Saturday after the Sharks earned a penalty-filled 6-3 win over the Calgary Flames.

"What that means is the three or four feet around him is always a battle," McLellan said of Pavelski after the Sharks won their fifth straight at SAP Pavilion to start the season. "It's never a soft issue at all. He competes in that area, and he gets to his next job.

"Just a competitive guy who has real good hockey sense."

Pavelski had two goals and two remarkable assists against the Flames, as he tied career-highs for goals and points in a game.

Pavelski's first assist came early in the first period. He won a battle for the puck in the Flames' corner with Calgary defenseman Kris Russell and fed a wide-open Brent Burns, who scored to give the Sharks a 1-0 lead just 59 seconds into the game.

It was the fourth time this season the Sharks have scored less than a minute into a game.

"Burnzie finishes that play off nice," Pavelski said. "It's fun scoring on the first shift. ... There are games where you can go all night with getting a chance, and to get one early was nice."

Pavelski also found Patrick Marleau open beside the net with a cross-ice pass for a power-play goal in the second period that gave the Sharks a 4-1 lead. Pavelski's second goal came on the power play as he redirected a shot from the point by Logan Couture midway through the third period for a 5-3 Sharks lead.

On a line with Tommy Wingels and Matt Nieto, Pavelski has a team-high 12 points this year, good enough for second in the NHL behind Sidney Crosby's 17 points. Marleau, who now has a point in each of the Sharks' first eight games, is tied for third in league scoring with 11 points.

"Pavs has been good all year, and that third line has been great all year," said Couture, who had a goal and an assist. "They're one of the reasons why we've been so successful. They contribute offensively and have done well defensively."

Along with going 3 for 9 with the man advantage, San Jose killed five of six penalties, including a hooking call on Scott Hannan after the Flames had cut the lead to 4-3, which included a short-handed goal by Mikael Backlund.

"It scored us three, and it allowed us to get the lead; it changed the momentum of the game," McLellan said of the power play. "But we also gave up a short-handed goal that kind of gave them some momentum."

The Sharks will try to take that momentum with them as they begin a five-game trip Monday at Detroit. The trip continues through Boston, Montreal, Ottawa and Los Angeles.

The win was Antti Niemi's 100th regular-season victory with the Sharks. He is 11-2-1 in 14 career games against Calgary, and the Sharks have an 8-2-1 record over the Flames dating to the 2010-11 season.

  • The Sharks sent forward Bracken Kearns to Worcester on Saturday but did not make a corresponding move, leaving them momentarily with just 12 healthy forwards. Marty Havlat is improving from offseason pelvic surgery but still has hurdles to clear, according to McLellan. Adam Burish (back surgery) and Raffi Torres (knee surgery) are on the injured reserve list.

    Havlat has been skating with the team but still "has a gap to close before he can play in a game," according to McLellan. Defenseman Dan Boyle has also not been placed on injured reserve, leaving the Sharks with just six healthy defensemen. McLellan did not have a further health update on Boyle, who had to leave the ice on a stretcher after an illegal hit by St. Louis' Max Lapierre on Tuesday, other than saying Boyle has been resting and working with the team's medical staff.

    MONDAY'S GAME
    Sharks (7-0-1) at Detroit (6-3-0),
    4:30 p.m. CSNCA