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The Game Rush: Flames vs. Sharks

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames
SAN JOSE, CA -- The Calgary Flames nearly tied it up in the final minute of regulation but fell 4-3 to the San Jose Sharks on Saturday.

Blueliner Mark Giordano opened the scoring for the Flames with a power play marker at 0:51 of the second period. He switched places with Jarome Iginla, positioning himself down low, and then traded passes with the captain. Iginla saw Ian White open for a pass and instead of wiring a shot on net, White glanced back to Giordano, faked a shot and then sent a slap pass over to his fellow defenceman. Giordano did the rest, beating Antti Niemi low for his second goal of the year.

The Flames second tally came from another defenceman. Jay Bouwmeester hopped into the play, driving through the center lane and took a quick pass from Matt Stajan. Bouwmeester slipped the puck past Niemi. While not credited with an assist, Iginla played a big role in the sequence with some great cycling throughout the San Jose zone.

Iginla's hard work paid off late in the game when he was able to score with his signature one-timer. The goal came at 19:23 and while the team was able to maintain pressure for the final seconds of the game, they weren't able to find the tying marker.

Joe Thorton, Logan Couture, Ryan Clowe and Joe Pavelski scored for the Sharks.

The Flames had a rough opening period, being outshot 17-5 and outscored 2-0, but were able to turn the tide for most of the second period. However, a defensive lapse with under 5:00 to go led to the Sharks third tally.

The Sharks set up shop in front of Kiprusoff, with Ryan Clowe and Joe Pavelski perched right in front of the net minder. Pavelski took a pass from Logan Couture and while Kiprusoff was able to make a right pad save on the first shot, Pavelski picked up his own rebound and snapped the puck into the net. The goal would prove to be the game-winner.

Early in the middle stanza, Craig Conroy was called for interference on Logan Couture and the ensuing Sharks power play nearly burnt the Flames. Jason Demers snapped a hard wrist from the half wall and while Kiprusoff made the pad save, the puck squeaked underneath his leg and hovered dangerously on the blue paint.

The Sharks started to swarm seeing the loose puck and Kiprusoff down but Curtis Glencross had positioned himself perfectly to snag the puck and clear it out of harms way.

Defenceman Cory Sarich played a huge role in the Flames ability to climb back into the contest in the second period.

The veteran was a wrecking ball, hitting every Shark player he could, while remaining responsible in his own end. In one sequence, he absolutely crushed Jamie McGinn with a clean hip check by the benches. His physical presence made it extraordinarily hard for the Sharks in the Flames zone and he was able to spark his club when they were down by a pair of goals.

Bouwmeester spent a total of 6:26 on the Flames power play in his 27:50 of ice time. He ended up with a goal, +2 rating, 3 shots on net and 4 blocked shots.

"I carried it in and Iggy covered for me up top. It was a really good fake by Whitey and I pretty had an open net there. It was a really good play by Whitey to draw them all in like he was going to shoot and a good pass." - Giordano on his opening goal (via CBC)

  Wednesday, Nov. 17 vs. Coyotes
  7:30 PM MT (Sportsnet West, FAN 960)

After a long road swing, the Flames return to the Scotiabank Saddledome for a two-game homestand that kicks off on Wednesday. The last time the Flames squared off against the Coyotes was Nov. 12 when Phoenix picked up a 5-4 win.

The puck drops at 7:30 PM MT on Sportsnet West & The FAN 960.
2 Goals this season for Giordano and Bouwmeester.
5 Straight games with power play goals for the Flames.
17 Minutes in penalties taken by former Flame Jamal Mayers after instigating a fight with Sarich.
2 Points for Iginla in 20:33 of ice time.
27:50 Ice time for workhorse Bouwmeester.

1st Star
Logan Couture
G A P +/- Shots
1 2 3 +3 3
2nd Star
Ryan Clowe
G A P +/- Shots
1 2 3 +3 1
3rd Star
Joe Pavelski
G A P +/- Shots
1 2 3 +3 3

Antti Niemi
31 28 3 60:00 .903

Miikka Kiprusoff
35 31 4 59:11 .885

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