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Game Rush: Flames vs. Sharks

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames


SAN JOSE, CA -- It wasn't a pretty night in the Shark Tank on Monday.

The Calgary Flames, coming off a very disappointing 5-4 loss to Anaheim on Sunday, were picked apart by the San Jose Sharks by a score of 9-1.

Miikka Kiprusoff was pulled after two periods. The yank was more a mercy pull as Kiprusoff faced 34 shots, many of which were great scoring chances, and made several great stops. Curtis McElhinney took over the final period and allowed three goals on 12 shots.

After the game, Brent Sutter addressed the media, calling the game a "embarrassment."

"We just did not even come close here tonight," he sighed. "What else do you say?"

After a game like this, Sutter said that the more important thing was to prepare for their next game with ferocious intensity.

"We've got 72 hours to get ready for a game. When you're in a competitive environment and when you get beat as bad as we got beat tonight, if there's ever a wakeup call, this would be it."

Joe Pavelski, Manny Malhotra and Scott Nichol all tallied for the Sharks in the first period. The Flames were outshot 17-4 during the frame.

It was more of the same in the second period, with San Jose cranking up the heat by outshooting Calgary 34-12 and scoring three more goals. Jed Ortmeyer, Dany Heatley and Ryan Clowe all beat beat Kiprusoff and gave the Sharks a commanding 6-0 lead after 40 minutes.

The third period saw Devin Setoguchi, Rob Blake and Heatley score against McElhinney. Two of those goals came while the Sharks were on the power play.

Robyn Regehr, the Flames stay-at-home defenceman, scored the Flames only goal of the night, breaking a personal 142-game goal-less streak. He threw the puck from the blueline and beat Evgeni Nabokov stick-side at 7:41 of the third stanza.

The Flames happily leave California and head home to take on the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. MST on TSN & The FAN 960.

In a 9-1 thumping, it's hard to pinpoint everything that went wrong. The Flames were horrible defensively and sloppy coverage contributed to almost every Sharks goal. Not only did the Flames blueliners look out of place but the backcheckers looked equally lost. Every Flames player on the ice lacked energy and poise, often three paces behind their competition. Offensively, the Flames managed to get 21 shots on net after only sending four at Nabokov in the first 20 minutes but most of those shots were sent without any traffic around the net and were easily stopped. The power play came up dry once again and the penalty kill wasn't it's usual self as the Sharks scored twice with the man advantage.

D Aaron Johnson and F Fredrik Sjostrom were healthy scratches while F David Moss, who didn't make the trip because of an undisclosed injury, also did not play... This was the second time these two teams have met this season. Calgary won the opening game of the season series by a score of 2-1. The next two times the teams play it will be on Calgary ice...

The Sharks scored their first 2 goals in 2:13 ... the Flames allowed 17 shots on net during the 1st period ... Regehr scored his first goal in 142 games ... Six Sharks (Ortmeyer, Clowe, Pavelski, Nichol, Malhotra and Setoguchi) had 1 goal and 1 assist ... 8 Sharks had a multi-point night ... Craig Conroy and Curtis Glencross were a -5 on the night ... the Flames were -30 on the night ... Heatley scored 2 goals in the game ... Mark Giordano had 5 hits on the night.

"We're keeping it simple, we're getting shots to the net and getting rebounds and that's how four of our goals were scored." - Devin Setoguchi between the second and third period on his team's effort.

"There's certainly things that need to be dealt with." - Sutter on moving forward.

"That was the biggest disappointment." - Sutter on the lack of pushback from the Flames




Miikka Kiprusoff
Faced 34 shots in 40 minutes, was often left out to dry
Mark Giordano
Had 5 hits in the game, one of the few with just a -1 rating
Brian McGrattan
Had an even rating, 2 great scoring chances in 7:55 of ice time

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