CALGARY 3 SAN JOSE 4
GAME AT A GLANCE
SAN JOSE— Despite a late surge, the Calgary Flames fell to the San Jose Sharks in Game 5.
|Craig Conroy battles in front of the San Jose net during Game 5. |
The first period was a highly physical affair. Neither team was backing down and any time a player was by the boards, a check was thrown.
Alex Tanguay had the Flames best scoring opportunity when he snuck in behind the Sharks defense. His shot beat Evgeni Nabokov but hit the crossbar.
The second period gave both teams a two-man advantage and saw both teams make it onto the scoreboard.
First, Ryan Clowe smacked Jarome Iginla in the back of head and took a roughing call. Then, Torrey Mitchell got called for hooking Owen Nolan just 50 seconds later. Iginla was able to capitalize on the power play with a one timer from Kristian Huselius that beat Nabokov stick side. Iginla's third goal of the playoffs came at 4:03.
The Flames had a scare while still on the power play. Joe Thorton, who scored the game winner in Game 4, took a pass from Douglas Murray and was off to the races. Miikka Kiprusoff made an aggresive play as Thorton closed in, going for the poke check and throwing the all-star forward off. Thorton swerved to the left side of the net but couldn't get a shot off before Adrian Aucoin got back.
Calgary ran into penalty trouble shortly after their goal. Wayne Primeau was called for slashing at 9:27 and Stephane Yelle hooked Patrick Marleau with 24 seconds left in the original penalty. The Sharks worked quickly with the two-man advantage, scoring 28 seconds later at 11:32. Joe Pavalski picked up the rebound from Kristian Erhoff's shot, potting his second of the playoffs.
Marleau made it 2-1 late in the second period, taking a nice pass from Joe Thorton and wiring it over Kiprusoff's left shoulder at 18:07.
Jonathan Cheechoo came alive in the third frame. He scored two goals in a span of 4:30 and gave his team a three goal cushion by 8:22 in the period.
The Flames bounced back though when Daymond Langkow potted his second goal of the post-season while on the power play. With Craig Rivet in the box for holding the stick, Langkow threw the puck over a sprawling Nabokov. The goal came at 9:06, with Tanguay and Dion Phaneuf picking up the helpers.
With only 1:35 left in the game, Kiprusoff left the net to get six attackers on the ice. The move paid off when David Moss scored his first goal of the post-season at 18:43. Iginla made a beautiful pass from behind the net that went right to Moss, who was being hauled down while shooting.
The Flames tried to tie the game up in the remaining 1:17 but couldn't get set up in the offensive zone. The loss gives San Jose a 3-2 series lead.