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GAME: Calgary Flames (4-7-1) at San Jose Sharks (5-5-1).

TIME: Saturday, 10:30 p.m. EDT.

The Calgary Flames complete a five-game road trip when they visit the San Jose Sharks in the first meeting between the teams since the 2004 Western Conference finals.

Calgary earned its first trip to the Stanley Cup Finals since 1989 by eliminating San Jose in six games. The Flames captured all three road games in the series and the home team lost every game until Calgary closed out the series with a 3-1 victory in Game 6.

Star forward Jarome Iginla was a major catalyst in the series for Calgary, scoring four goals. Goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff, traded from San Jose to Calgary during the season, gained a measure of revenge against his former team by earning all four wins.

The Flames have had trouble generating offense in losing three of their first four games on this trip. Calgary has scored only seven goals in that span after a 3-2 loss at Phoenix on Thursday.

Iginla was left lamenting his missed breakaway with 9:20 remaining that would've given Calgary a lead.

"It stinks," Iginla said. "They found a way to win it, and we found a way not to get a point. We have to have a point from that game, minimum, so that was a lesson. There, especially, to have a chance to break away and then not get that goal, I'd love to have that opportunity back."

Rookie Nolan Schaefer won his first start in goal for San Jose in a 5-4 victory at Los Angeles on Friday. Jonathan Cheechoo scored the game-winner on the power play with 3.7 seconds left in regulation off a scramble in front of the net.

Schaefer improved to 2-0 after winning in relief of Vesa Toskala, who suffered a groin strain in Wednesday's win at Dallas. No. 1 goaltender Evgeni Nabokov is out with a right shoulder injury.

The Sharks may give rookie goalie Dimitri Patzold his first start on Saturday. Patzold, who is from Nabokov's hometown in Kazakhstan, was recalled from Cleveland on Thursday.

STANDINGS: Flames - 9 points, 4th place (tied), 8 PB, Northwest Division. Sharks - 9 points, 2nd place (tied), 3 PB, Pacific Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Flames - Iginla and Chuck Kobasew, 4 goals; Roman Hamrlik, 7 assists; Iginla, 9 points; Darren McCarty, 30 PIM. Sharks - Patrick Marleau, 6 goals, 7 assists and 13 points; Kyle McLaren, 18 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Flames - Power play: 12.2 percent (10 for 82), 27th in NHL. Penalty killing: 75.6 percent (62 for 82), 28th. Sharks - Power play: 14.2 percent (11 for 77), tied for 23rd. Penalty killing: 81.6 percent (49 for 60), 17th.

GOALTENDERS: Flames - Kiprusoff (4-6-1, 1 SO, 2.91 GAA); Philippe Sauve (0-1-0, 3.04). Sharks - Schaefer (2-0-0, 3.16); Patzold (no appearances).

2003-04 SEASON SERIES: Tied, 2-2.

LAST MEETING: May 19, 2004; Flames, 3-1. At Calgary, Alberta, Iginla scored his 10th playoff goal and Kiprusoff stopped 18 shots as the Flames advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Flames - 2-6-0 on the road; Sharks - 2-0-0 at home.

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