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Flames 3 Sharks 4: Inside the Game

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

— 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.

THE BIG SAVE: While the Flames were changing during the second period, Milan Michalek got in behind Adrian Aucoin for a breakaway.  The Sharks forward was in perfect position to get the ice breaker and tried to go five hole on Miikka Kiprusoff. The Flames netminder read him all the way and squeezed the pads together to make the save.
THE BIG HIT: Jarome Iginla was the main target to hit for the San Jose Sharks but the captain was giving as much as he was receiving. In the first period, Iginla rammed Douglas Murray so hard into the boards that the Sharks defenseman went horizontal against the
THE TURNING POINT: Jonathan Cheechoo took a nice pass from captain Patrick Marleau and shot the puck right over Miikka Kiprusoff's glove hand. The game winning goal showed some gaps in the Flames defense and ended up losing the game for the Flames.

THE ROSTER: The Flames scratches were D Rhett Warrener (ankle), D David Hale, D John Negrin, F Dustin Boyd, F Marcus Nilson, F Mark Smith (head), F David Van Der Gulik, F Brandon Prust and G Curtis McElhinney.

WORTH NOTING: Marcus Nilson and David Hale were taken out of the lineup, being replaced by David Moss and Anders Eriksson ... Jarome Iginla and Robyn Regehr made headlines in Calgary on Thursday for different reasons. Regehr publicly called out his teammates, saying they need more effort out of everyone and Iginla was heard by members of the media having an argument with assistant coach Rich Preston. Afterwards, players and head coach said they don't discourage players from showing emotions this time of year and felt it would motivate the team.

BY THE NUMBERS: In the first period, Kristian Huselius registered his first shot on goal in four games ... Jarome Iginla had another multi-point night, notching his third goal of the playoffs and assisting on David Moss's late third period goal. He leads all Flames in post-season points with eight ... Moss scored his first playoff goal. He had four goals and seven assists in the regular season.
UP NEXT: The Flames will be back at the Pengrowth Saddledome for Sunday night's Game 6 at 8:00 p.m. MT.
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