CALGARY 4 SAN JOSE 3
GAME AT A GLANCE
CALGARY— 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.