SAN JOSE 2 CALGARY 0
GAME AT A GLANCE
SAN JOSE— A constant stream of penalties led the Sharks to a 2-0 win that tied the series at 1-1.
The Flames spent close to half of the second period sitting in the penalty box, including an extended five on three.
The first period was a physical affair for both teams. The Sharks came out with more a jump than in game one and it showed physically. Everyone was finishing their checks and if there was an opportunity, every player didn't hesitate to send someone sprawling to the ice.
Cory Sarich made a great, quick-thinking play mid-way through the first period. Four Shark players collapsed on a rushing David Moss and Sarich skated in on the opposite unwatched. Moss saw him open and made a quick pass that landed right on Sarich's stick. It looked like the Flames had the first goal of the game but Evgeni Nabokov flashed the glove and kept the game scoreless.
The Sharks got on the board first early in the second period. Joe Pavelski picked up Marc-Edouard Vlasic's shot that bounced off the end boards and fired it at the net. The shot tricked Kiprusoff who looked like he thought Pavelski was going to pass the puck instead of shooting it. The goal came at 4:56.
Calgary ran into penalty troubles in the second frame. They took an astounding six straight penalties, including a five on three situation where Jim Vandermeer took a slashing call against Joe Thorton. With three players sitting in the box, the Sharks put on the pressure and Kiprusoff had to stand on his head to keep his team in the game. The Flames killed off the extended five on three but with only nine seconds left, the Sharks got their second goal of the period.
Torrey Mitchell was able to whack in the puck during a scramble in front of the net. Kiprusoff couldn't quite get a glove on the loose puck and the penalties finally came back to bite the Flames. The late goal came at 18:09.
Shots on goal in the second period were 27-3, favouring the San Jose.
The second period ended on a slightly better note for the Flames. Matthew Lombardi tried to split the defense and in the process, drew a penalty on Craig Rivet for interference. The minor came right at the horn so the Flames had the advantage of starting the final period on a full power play.
Calgary had some luck in the third period as the Sharks got sloppy and took three straight penalties. That luck was squandered however, and the Flames couldn't get the puck past Nabokov and the shot-blocking Sharks.
The final period was filled with end-to-end action with both goaltenders pulling out all the stops. Owen Nolan was absolutely robbed point blank by Nabokov half way through the frame. Nolan grabbed the puck and went to bury it in an open net but Nabokov somehow got his arm across and gloved the puck.
Shortly after that chance, Kiprusoff had to be sharp on a Patrick Marleau breakaway. He collapsed down to the ice and managed to push the puck out of the way.
The game ended with the Flames in the box once again. Cory Sarich was in the box for cross-checking until there was a mere thirty seconds left in the game.
The Flames head back to the Pengrowth Saddledome for Sunday's game three and hope to take the lead in the series.