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game recap

Sharks hold off Flames for 4-3 win

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:08 AM

NHL.com

Joe Pavelski hasn't been able to find the scoring touch that made him a playoff hero in San Jose last spring. He and the Sharks hope Saturday night is a sign of better things to come.

Pavelski scored for the first time in nine games, helping the Sharks hold off the Calgary Flames 4-3 for their third victory in four games. Pavelski, the team's leader in shots, missed on his previous 67 attempts before connecting 16:22 into the second period, firing a rebound past Miikka Kiprusoff for a 3-1 lead.

Jay Bouwmeester's goal midway through the third period made it 3-2, but Logan Couture capped a three-point night by firing home a wrist shot on a 2-on-1 break with 5:50 remaining.

"I feel like the puck is falling for me in the offensive zone," Couture said. "Clowe is such a great playmaker and goal scorer that things are going well for me."

Jarome Iginla's sixth-attacker goal wasn't enough to keep the Flames from losing for the second night in a row and the sixth time in seven games.

" There were mental mistakes," coach Brent Sutter said. "Mistakes that were made due to a lack of intelligence when playing the game tonight. The other night (Friday's 5-4 loss at Phoenix), it cost us in a one-goal game where our puck management wasn't good in certain areas. Then you give up quality scoring chances and the puck goes in the net."

Ryane Clowe, who plays with Pavelski and Couture, also had a goal and a pair of assists. Joe Thornton scored the Sharks' other goal.

"They [Pavelski-Couture-Clowe] have been our best line," coach Todd McLellan said. "They've been around the net, even [Pavelski] at the end, but they have been our best line for the last three or four games, and it was real evident tonight. And when you're playing as hard and doing the right things as they've been, eventually you're going to get rewarded. "

Antti Niemi, who beat the Sharks in the playoffs last spring and led Chicago to the Stanley Cup before signing with San Jose this summer, stopped 28 shots for only his second victory in six decisions. Kiprusoff stopped 31 shots for the Flames.

"After facing a few shots I started feeling pretty comfortable," Niemi said. "I've been trying to work on the basic things, and hard work always pays off."

Thornton scored a power-play goal 1:06 into the game, and Clowe made it 2-0 at 10:24 on a give-and-go with Pavelski.

Couture "brings a lot of speed, and makes a lot of plays," Pavelski said. "Clowe is a big body on the forecheck. It's worked out good so far, but it has to be an every-night thing."

Mark Giordano got the Flames on the board early in the second period during a 5-on-3 power play.

"Here we've lost six of our last seven and that urgency has to be there," Sutter said. "We're only in the middle of November and we have to have that now."

Material from team media and wire services was used in this report

scoring summary
1st Period
01:06
SJS
PPG - Joe Thornton (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Jason Demers (4), Dan Boyle (10)
1 - 0 SJS
10:24
SJS
Ryane Clowe (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Joe Pavelski (7), Logan Couture (2)
2 - 0 SJS
2nd Period
00:51
CGY
PPG - Mark Giordano (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Ian White (4), Jarome Iginla (7)
2 - 1 SJS
16:22
SJS
Joe Pavelski (4) Backhand shot - ASST: Logan Couture (3), Ryane Clowe (7)
3 - 1 SJS
3rd Period
09:14
CGY
Jay Bouwmeester (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Matt Stajan (9), Alex Tanguay (6)
3 - 2 SJS
14:10
SJS
Logan Couture (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Ryane Clowe (8), Joe Pavelski (8)
4 - 2 SJS
19:23
CGY
Jarome Iginla (3) Slapshot - ASST: Alex Tanguay (7), Mark Giordano (6)
4 - 3 SJS
penalty summary
1st Period
00:58
CGY
Olli Jokinen  Interference against  Ryane Clowe
13:59
CGY
Cory Sarich  Hi stick - double minor against  Devin Setoguchi
19:43
SJS
Dany Heatley  Boarding against  Robyn Regehr
2nd Period
00:06
SJS
Dan Boyle  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
03:23
CGY
Craig Conroy  Interference against  Logan Couture
07:08
SJS
Dany Heatley  Interference on goalkeeper against  Miikka Kiprusoff
11:53
SJS
Jamal Mayers  Instigator against  Cory Sarich
11:53
SJS
Jamal Mayers  Misconduct (10 min)
11:53
SJS
Jamal Mayers  Fighting (maj) against  Cory Sarich
11:53
CGY
Cory Sarich  Fighting (maj) against  Jamal Mayers
18:10
CGY
Matt Stajan  Too many men/ice - bench
18:59
SJS
Joe Pavelski  Tripping against  Mikael Backlund
3rd Period
02:20
SJS
Logan Couture  Hi-sticking against  Cory Sarich
04:22
SJS
Torrey Mitchell  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
goalie stats
Miikka Kiprusoff
SA: 35TOI: 59:11
Saves: 31EV: 19 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 11 - 12
SV%: .886SH: 1 - 1
Antti Niemi
SA: 31TOI: 60:00
Saves: 28EV: 19 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 8
SV%: .903SH: 2 - 2