CALGARY 3 SAN JOSE 2
GAME AT A GLANCE
SAN JOSE— A late goal by Ryan Clowe gave the Flames a scare but Calgary held on and came out with a big 3-2 victory.
Stephane Yelle scored twice for the Flames and Dion Phaneuf got an early power play goal in the win.
The first period started out strong and fast for the Flames. They scored two goals in the first six minutes, giving them a nice lead to work with for the rest of the game.
The first goal came off of a big faceoff win by Yelle. Robyn Regehr got the puck and threw it at the net where Yelle was waiting behind the defense. He tipped the puck down and scored five hole on Evgeni Nabokov. The opening goal came at 2:47 with Regehr getting the lone helper.
Kyle McLaren was called for high-sticking at 5:02 and the Flames were able to capitalize on the power play. Kristian Huselius put the puck on the net and the rebound went right to Jarome Iginla. He batted the puck over to Langkow on the other side of the net and Phaneuf picked up the kick back from the Flames forward. Nabokov was sprawled on the ice, thinking Langkow was going to shoot and Phaneuf saw the golden opportunity to put his club up by two. He wasted no time in putting the puck over Nabokov. The goal came at 5:17.
The Sharks came right back with Clowe getting his team on the scoreboard. Cory Sarich got tripped up in front of the net and while he was on the ice, Miikka Kiprusoff had slid over to the left side of the net to stop Patrick Marleau from trying a wrap-around. The shot bounced off of Kiprusoff's pads and went to the right, where Clowe was parked. He knocked the puck into the open side of the net and cut the lead to one goal at 6:06.
After getting on the board, the Sharks kept the pressure up. The period ended with San Jose outshooting Calgary 11-9 and the majority of those shots came after their goal.
The second period was a more intense, end-to-end twenty minutes. The Sharks had plenty of chances to tie the game up but Kiprusoff was incredibly sharp, stopping every shot San Jose sent at him. The Flames managed to up their lead to two goals despite being outshot in the period.
Iginla won an epic battle with Brian Campbell that ended in a huge goal for Calgary. Iginla overpowered Campbell and Yelle was following, ready to pick up a rebound. The captain shot the puck and the trailing Yelle was able to bat the puck in the net for his second goal of the game. Iginla had hit the net and knocked it off but it wasn't clear if the net was off the moorings before the puck crossed the line. The goal was reviewed and it was determined the net was just barely on its moorings when the puck crossed the goal line, giving the Flames a big goal at 16:21.
The third period started out in a shaky fashion for the Flames. Joe Thorton got himself a breakaway chance when Regher and Cory Sarich ran into each other on the Sharks blueline. Thorton got a shot off but Kiprusoff came up large and made the pad save.
Then Jim Vandermeer took the second Flames penalty of the night for holding. San Jose was very aggresive on the power play but again, the Flames goaltender kept the team with a two goal lead by making some spectacular saves.
There was a scary moment for the Flames with less than five minutes to go in the game. Mike Grier sent a shot directly at Kiprusoff and it appeared that he had the puck in his pads but it trickled through his legs before the whistle was blown. Phaneuf had skated in to kick the puck away from the line but Grier was incensed due to the quick whistle. If the whistle hadn't have been blown, San Jose may have had an excellent scoring opportunity.
Nabokov was pulled with just over a minute to go in the game and the move paid off. Clowe was parked in front of the net and when he got the puck, he sent a wrist shot at Kiprusoff, who made the initial save. There was a rebound though and Clowe picked it up and put over Kiprusoff's shoulder. Clowe's second goal of the night came at 19:03.
The Sharks kept pressing for the last 56 seconds but Kiprusoff did his part and preserved the win for the Flames.