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Inside The Game: Flames vs. Sharks

by Aaron Vickers / Calgary Flames

SAN JOSE, CA -- The San Jose Sharks are streaking.

Erasing a one-goal deficit by scoring twice in the third period, the Sharks upended the Calgary Flames 2-1 at the HP Pavilion on Friday night.

The victory extends San Jose's winning streak to seven games while pushing Calgary's losing streak to four. Calgary has also dropped 12 straight away from Scotiabank Saddledome.

Trailing 1-0 after playing through a scoreless second period, the Sharks showed bite in the third.

Dan Boyle tied the game just 2:40 into the final frame, taking a pass from Logan Couture in the slot and rifling the puck over Miikka Kiprusoff's glove to knot the game.

Joe Pavelski put the finishing touches on the come-from-behind victory for San Jose with 2:06 remaining.

On a crease scramble Brent Burns accidentally slipped on the puck, sending it to Pavelski parked to Kiprusoff's right. Before the Calgary keeper had a chance to scramble over, Pavelski put the Sharks' 40th shot of the night into the net for the game-winner.

Kiprusoff weathered the storm until the Flames were able to find their legs.

He first denied Logan Couture on a nifty passing play with linemates Tommy Wingels and Patrick Marleau six minutes into the game. Kiprusoff followed it up by robbing Andrew Desjardins on the next shift, flashing the glove after the Sharks forward redirected an Adam Burish shot.

The Flames goaltender continued to frustrate San Jose shooters, freezing a crease scramble before Martin Havlat had a chance to whack the puck across the line. A partial breakaway by T.J. Galiardi was also stymied by Kiprusoff, getting his paddle down to deny the former Calgary Hitmen forward with 7:55 remaining in the period.

Those saves set the stage for Mikael Backlund.

On the power play, Backlund snapped a shot by Sharks' goaltender Antti Niemi with 2:05 remaining in the period to give the Flames a 1-0 lead that was eventually erased by San Jose in the third.


Working with the man advantage, Backlund fired a shot through the legs of both a Sharks defender and Niemi for his sixth of the season at 17:55.


Ripping down the right side, Joe Pavelski unleashed a shot destined for the top corner until Kiprusoff flashed the leather to snag the puck out of mid-air with 4:13 remaining in the first period.


The Flames didn't have time to recover from Pavelski's late-game goal with just 2:06 remaining in the game.


"There was bite in our game & we'll need that down the stretch."

-Mike Cammalleri


TJ Brodie played a career-high 26:27 against the Sharks on Friday. The mark was also tops in the game.


Mark Giordano missed the game due to the birth of his first child. Derek Smith missed the game due to injury while Paul Byron remains on the injured reserve with a broken wrist.


The Flames continue on to Vancouver Canucks on Saturday (8 p.m. MT, CBC) before wrapping up a three-game road trip against the Colorado Avalanche on Monday (7 p.m. MT, SNET-W).

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