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Sharks 5 Flames 3: Inside the Game

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

—  A second period outburst that saw the San Jose Sharks score four goals was the demise of the Calgary Flames playoff hopes.

Despite how well the Flames have killed penalties in the series, Joe Thornton was able to capitalize on the Sharks first power play of the game. With Anders Eriksson in the box for hooking, the Sharks went right to work. Jonathan Cheechoo made a nice pass through the blue paint to a waiting Thornton. He wasted no time in wiring the shot just over Miikka Kiprusoff's glove hand. Thornton's goal came at 10:57.

Calgary Flames right wing Owen Nolan (11), of Ireland, scores past San Jose Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov (20), of Kazakhstan, in the second period in Game 7 of an NHL hockey Western Conference playoff series Tuesday, April 22, 2008, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

The Flames weren't going to let the goal get to them though. Milan Michalek was called for hooking at 12:07 and the Flames power play, third in the playoffs, went to work.

Adrian Aucoin sent a wrist shot from the blueline and captain Jarome Iginla made a great play to bat the puck in from mid-air. Iginla's fourth goal of the playoffs went in at 12:23 with the helpers going to Aucoin and Dion Phaneuf.

A San Jose offensive chance turned into a disaster for the Sharks. Brian Campbell went into the play and left Owen Nolan wide open. The veteran didn't waste any time in picking up the loose puck and going in on a breakaway. Nolan's first shot was saved by Evgeni Nabokov but the rebound bounced off of the Flames forward and into the back of the net. It was Nolan's third goal of the post-season at 3:33 in the second period. Kristian Huselius and Craig Conroy picked up the assists.

Veteran Jeremy Roenick, who was a healthy scratch in Game 6, scored in the second period to even the game up. His wrist shot went five hole on Kiprusoff at 6:04.

Conroy took a interference penalty at 7:37 in the second frame and the Sharks once again took the lead with a power play goal. Kiprusoff was screened by Thorton and couldn't react quick enough to glove Jeremy Roenick's sharp shot. His power play goal came at 9:04.

The Sharks continued their seige when Joe Pavelski sent a wrist shot over Kiprusoff's shoulder at 14:01. Mike Keenan decided to pull Kiprusoff at that point and try to shake up the Flames.

The move didn't work immediately as the Flames were caught standing still and Devin Setoguchi scored his first NHL playoff goal. Curtis Joseph was fresh off the bench and deep in his net when Setoguchi sent the puck at the net. It went over Joseph's shoulder and into the net at 14:53.

Even though Calgary was down by three goals, they kept coming. Wayne Primeau scored his first playoff goal this season at 5:18 in the third period. David Moss and Aucoin received the assists.

Joseph went to the bench with over three minutes to go but Calgary couldn't take advantage with the extra attacker. With the loss, the Flames now have had three first round exits in the playoffs.

THE BIG SAVE: In the dying seconds of the first period, the puck was rolling around the Flames net with several Sharks standing around the net. Miikka Kiprusoff fell to his knees and watched the puck as it bounced around and made sure no Sharks, including Jonathan Cheechoo, were able to get it in the back of net as they batted at the puck.
THE BIG HIT: While on the penalty kill in the second period, Stephane Yelle steamrolled Craig Rivet. The Sharks defenseman was trying to keep the puck from leaving the Flames zone but Yelle was hell-bent on getting it out. He went right into Rivet, knocking him to the ice and making the linesman jump into the Sharks bench to avoid getting slammed to the ice as well.
THE TURNING POINT: The Sharks were able to score four goals in the second period and the Flames couldn't recover. Miikka Kiprusoff was pulled after the third goal and Curtis Joseph, the hero of Game 3, let a quick goal in before settling down the play. San Jose had four goals in 8:49.

THE ROSTER: The Flames scratches were D Rhett Warrener (ankle), D John Negrin, F Dustin Boyd, F Marcus Nilson, F Eric Godard, F David Van Der Gulik, F Grant Stevenson, F Brandon Prust, F Mark Smith (head) and G Curtis McElhinney.

WORTH NOTING: The last time the Calgary Flames won a Game 7 was in 2004 when they defeated the Vancouver Canucks in double overtime in the quarter-finals ... Jim Vandermeer was playing on the point instead of defense as he did in Game 6. He was moved back to defense later in the game.

BY THE NUMBERS: Stephane Yelle is now the active NHL leader in Game 7 appearances with 11 ... Mike Keenan is now the all-time leader in Game 7 head coaching with 10. He passes Scotty Bowman, Pat Quinn and Pat Burns ... it was the first Game 7 played in the HP Pavilion ... the Sharks scored four goals in 8:49 in the second period to chase Miikka Kiprusoff ... with four goals allowed in the second period, the Flames tied their highest number of goals allowed this season. They allowed four goals in the second period in a 5-4 SO loss against the Colorado Avalanche on Oct. 16, 2007 ... this is the third straight time the Flames have made a first round exit in the playoffs.

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