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Flames 4 Sharks 3: Inside the Game

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

—  Former Shark Owen Nolan scored the game winner with 3:45 left in the Flames comeback victory on Sunday night.

Curtis Joseph got his first taste of playoff action early in the first period. Miikka Kiprusoff allowed three goals in 3:33 before Joseph took over.

Ryane Clowe, Patrick Marleau and Doug Murray scored for the Sharks.

The fans got back into the game with a highlight reel-worthy hit by Cory Sarich. Patrick Marleau was taking the puck up the boards in the offensive zone and put his head down for a second. When he lifted it back up, there was Sarich, slamming him into the boards. The hit, which drew thunderous applause from the fans, sent Marleau to the ice hard and when he got back to his feet, he had a black eye and a cut on his face. The force of the check knocked Sarich over as well. The hit was clean but Matthew Carle wasn't impressed. He skated in as soon as Marleau hit the ice and drew a roughing call for shoving Sarich while he was laying on the ice.

“It (Sarich hit) certainly energized our team after we struggled with a very difficult start. It was a big hit, solid contact that seemed to as I said energize our team and ignite our team in terms of emotion," said Mike Keenan.

That power play was what the Flames needed to get on the board. Adrian Aucoin managed to sweep the puck over to Dion Phaneuf on a Sharks clearing attempt and Phaneuf fired the puck at the net. Jarome Iginla tipped it in and the C of Red was rocking again.

Another Sharks penalty really put the Flames back into the game. In the second period,  Kyle McLaren was called for elbowing at 9:53. The power play clicked once more and Daymond Langkow put in his first of the post-season at 10:14.

The Flames tied the game up quickly in the third period. Dion Phaneuf sent the puck at the net, with Langkow waiting at the side for a rebound. Evgeni Nabokov stopped Phaneuf's shot but the rebound bounced off Vlasic and into the open net. The goal was credited to Phaneuf, giving him his second of the playoffs at 1:18.

With only 3:45 remaining in regulation time, Nolan scored his first post-season goal against his former team to win the game for the Flames. Alex Tanguay and Sarich picked up the helpers.

The Flames will host the Sharks on Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. MST.

THE BIG SAVE: Ryane Clowe almost notched his second goal of the night late in the second period, picking up an errant pass by Dion Phaneuf right in front of the Flames net. His shot was dead on and Joseph knocked it to the side boards with his shoulder. Clowe got a goal in first period from almost the exact same spot.
THE BIG HIT: Cory Sarich absolutely leveled Sharks captain Patrick Marleau half way through the first period. Marleau was taking the puck up the boards and Sarich came flying in with a hit that left the captain on the ice with an instant black eye. Matthew Carle wasn't happy with the clean hit and tried to deal a few blows to Sarich. He got a roughing call for it and the Flames scored their first goal on the ensuing power play.
THE TURNING POINT: The Flames took a too many men minor at 3:55, giving the Sharks a great opportunity to get the lead. In one sequence, Ryan Clowe looked like he had his second of the night when he put the puck in the right corner. Joseph was on the other side of the net and managed to get over just in time to take the puck in the shoulder. If the Sharks had scored on the power play, it would have taken a lot of momentum out of the Flames.

QUOTABLE: “I clearly thought it (Sarich hit on Marleau) was an elbow right in the face, came out of it with a bloody nose. I mean you got a cut over the eye and I always thought if you came out of those situations with an injury, a clear injury, you’re bleeding, that there should be something. I was glad of the response of Matt Carle, he jumped right in there. I was kind of surprised that we ended up on the short end of the stick and it ended up being a bit of a change of momentum because they weren’t at all in the game and the fact that they got the power play and we didn’t do a very good job of killing it.” - Ron Wilson, head coach of the San Jose Sharks

THE ROSTER: The Flames scratches were D Rhett Warrener (ankle), D Anders Eriksson, D John Negrin, F Dustin Boyd, F David Moss and F Mark Smith (head).

WORTH NOTING: The Flames recalled defenseman John Negrin from the Kootenay Ice after their season ended in the second round of the WHL playoffs. He has 42 assists this season, placing him 2nd on his team and 3rd in the WHL amongst all defensemen ... Marcus Nilson was inserted back into the lineup, taking David Moss's place.

BY THE NUMBERS: San Jose had three goals in 3:33. Curtis Joseph replaced Miikka Kiprusoff after the third goal ...  Owen Nolan had a three point night. He scored the game winner and had two assists ... Jarome Iginla scored his first post-season goal in the first period. He assisted on Daymond Langkow's second period goal as well ... Dion Phaneuf continued to be a work horse for the Flames. He led all players in ice time with 25:24 ... this is the first time the Sharks have given up a three goal lead all season.
UP NEXT: The Flames are back at the Pengrowth Saddledome for game four, broadcast on CBC at 8:00 p.m. MST.

Author: Victoria Peterson

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