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San Jose Sharks 4, Calgary Flames 2 FINAL

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

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San Jose Sharks 4, Calgary Flames 2 FINAL
San Jose Sharks 4, Calgary Flames 2

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) _ If the San Jose Sharks can just figure out how to overcome the home-ice disadvantage in the Western Conference finals, Mike Rathje believes they're ready to put this series away.

Rathje's first goal of the playoffs started San Jose's four-goal second period and Evgeni Nabokov made 27 saves in the Sharks' 4-2 victory over the Flames in Game 4 Sunday, evening the series at two games apiece.

The road team has won all four games in the conference finals, which is bad news for the Sharks: They'll be back home for Game 5 on Monday night in the Shark Tank, where San Jose has lost three straight playoff games overall.

But after an impressive effort from nearly all of the Sharks, particularly on defense, momentum actually might mean something in this topsy-turvy series.

``We're going to go home, get some rest and do exactly the same things we did here,'' Rathje said after the Sharks wrapped up their second straight win in front of the Flames' intimidating Saddledome crowd. ``We know how to win at home _ really.''

Rathje, still sporting a nasty black eye from his fight with Chris Simon in Game 3, scored on a long slap shot and later added an assist as San Jose jumped all over Calgary in a phenomenal second-period effort. Rathje normally isn't an offensive catalyst, but the defenseman's injury seemed to provide just the motivation he needed.

``This is the playoffs, and that kind of (goonery), it doesn't work,'' Rathje said. ``We've had adversity all year, and we've kept going. That's not going to stop us.''

Captain Patrick Marleau snapped his scoring slump with a goal and an assist, and Jonathan Cheechoo and Vincent Damphousse.

Game 6 is back in Calgary on Wednesday night.

Nabokov allowed just two goals in Calgary after yielding eight in the first two games of San Jose's first trip to the conference finals. He was nearly perfect in Game 4, allowing only a strange deflection goal and Simon's score during a two-man advantage with 39.7 seconds left.

``We can say right now that we do have momentum, but we all know how that can change,'' Nabokov said. ``If you're not prepared, if you're not working hard for even two minutes, it's gone.''

Jarome Iginla scored early for the Flames, who lost their composure and defensive focus in the second period. Miikka Kiprusoff, the Flames' playoff savior in the early rounds and in a 49-save performance in Game 1, made just 12 saves and allowed two terrible goals before giving way to Roman Turek in the third period.

But the Flames have been here before: Their previous two playoff series against Vancouver and Detroit also were tied heading into Game 5, and the young team handled the pressure splendidly.

``This one is behind us,'' Iginla said. ``It's a best-of-three series now, and we've won both of our best-of-threes this season. We've always found a way to get out of this, and we'll try to do it again.''

Calgary returned home four days ago with a two-game lead and an excellent shot at the franchise's first trip to the Stanley Cup finals in 15 years. But the Sharks gutted out a 3-0 victory in Game 3 _ and just as San Jose came unraveled in Game 2, the Flames lost it in Game 4.

The Sharks capitalized on a four-on-two rush for their first goal early in the second period. Kiprusoff fanned on Rathje's long slap shot, the first of several misplays by the Sharks' former backup goalie.

Calgary scored midway through the second period when Iginla's pass to the net was deflected by a San Jose defenseman between Nabokov's legs _ but instead of deflating, the Sharks answered with two goals in the next 2:08.

Kiprusoff set up Cheechoo's goal by lingering behind his net to play the puck and then inexplicably skating the wrong way back around. Cheechoo stole the puck and tucked it home before Kiprusoff got in position.

And 89 seconds later, Damphousse scored his seventh goal of the postseason on an exceptional pass. Marleau found Damphousse behind him while falling to the ice, making the pass with the shaft of his stick.

Marleau ended his seven-game goal-scoring drought late in the period, knocking home another pass in the slot. Cheers from the handful of Sharks fans at the sold-out Saddledome could be heard clearly above the silence of the 19,000-plus red-clad faithful.

``The good news,'' Calgary coach Darryl Sutter said, ``is we get to play again right away.''

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
02:40
SJS
Mike Rathje (1) ASST: Todd Harvey (2), Scott Hannan (5)
1 - 0 SJS
07:55
CGY
Jarome Iginla (8) ASST: Martin Gelinas (6), Craig Conroy (8)
1 - 1 Tie
08:34
SJS
Jonathan Cheechoo (4) ASST: NONE
2 - 1 SJS
10:03
SJS
PPG - Vincent Damphousse (7) ASST: Patrick Marleau (4), Brad Stuart (5)
3 - 1 SJS
18:47
SJS
PPG - Patrick Marleau (8) ASST: Vincent Damphousse (7), Mike Rathje (4)
4 - 1 SJS
3rd Period
19:20
CGY
PPG - Chris Simon (3) ASST: Marcus Nilson (6), Jordan Leopold (6)
4 - 2 SJS
penalty summary
1st Period
04:52
CGY
Shean Donovan  Hi-sticking against  Kyle McLaren
07:19
CGY
Dave Lowry  Roughing against  Scott Hannan
07:19
SJS
Scott Hannan  Roughing against  Dave Lowry
08:18
SJS
Patrick Marleau  Roughing against  Marcus Nilson
12:12
SJS
Jason Marshall  Interference against  Chris Clark
17:30
SJS
Evgeni Nabokov  Elbowing against  Shean Donovan
2nd Period
04:16
SJS
Jason Marshall  Roughing against  Martin Gelinas
08:44
CGY
Chris Simon  Roughing against  Mike Ricci
11:17
CGY
Jordan Leopold  Hi-sticking against  Nisse Ekman
15:19
CGY
Chris Simon  Interference against  Scott Thornton
17:12
CGY
Robyn Regehr  Roughing against  Todd Harvey
19:18
SJS
Jason Marshall  Fighting (maj) against  Ville Nieminen
19:18
CGY
Ville Nieminen  Fighting (maj) against  Jason Marshall
3rd Period
06:22
CGY
Marcus Nilson  Roughing against  Vincent Damphousse
06:22
SJS
Vincent Damphousse  Roughing against  Marcus Nilson
07:29
SJS
Nisse Ekman  Hi-sticking against  Steve Montador
09:23
SJS
Alexander Korolyuk  Roughing against  Oleg Saprykin
13:39
CGY
Ville Nieminen  Holding against  Jonathan Cheechoo
17:37
SJS
Jason Marshall  Roughing against  Ville Nieminen
18:14
SJS
Rob Davison  Cross checking against  Martin Gelinas
19:52
CGY
Chris Simon  Misconduct (10 min) against  Scott Thornton
19:52
CGY
Jarome Iginla  Interference on goalkeeper against  Evgeni Nabokov
19:52
CGY
Oleg Saprykin  Roughing against  Kyle McLaren
19:52
SJS
Scott Thornton  Misconduct (10 min) against  Chris Simon
19:52
SJS
Kyle McLaren  Roughing against  Oleg Saprykin
goalie stats
Evgeni Nabokov
SA: 29TOI: 59:56
Saves: 27EV: 13 - 14
PIM: 2PP: 13 - 14
SV%: .931SH: 1 - 1
Roman Turek
SA: 3TOI: 19:29
Saves: 3EV: 2 - 2
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0
Miikka Kiprusoff
SA: 16TOI: 40:00
Saves: 12EV: 7 - 9
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 6
SV%: .750SH: 1 - 1