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While the surging Calgary Flames are trying to secure the West's final playoff berth, the San Jose Sharks are still chasing a Pacific Division title.

The Flames (43-26-10) look to extend their season-high road winning streak to five games as they close out their season series against the Sharks (50-26-4) on Thursday night.

Calgary will clinch the last Western Conference playoff spot with a win and a regulation loss by Colorado, which also plays Thursday at Northwest Division-leading Vancouver. The Flames host Edmonton on Saturday before meeting the Avalanche for the final time in the regular season on Sunday.

Calgary's six-game overall winning streak ended with a 4-3 loss to Colorado on Tuesday night. The Flames squandered a pair of one-goal leads, surrendered two power-play goals and had no answer for Avalanche center Joe Sakic, who had a goal and three assists.

"We realize that when we've had success, we've had really good starts, we've been able to draw penalties, and we've stayed out of the (penalty) box," Flames captain Jarome Iginla said. "Tonight we didn't really do any of those things."

Iginla had two assists in the loss, giving him three goals and three assists in a three-game point streak. He leads the Flames with 37 goals and 91 points.

San Jose became the first team in the West with 50 wins after a 3-2 shootout victory over Pacific Division-leading Anaheim on Wednesday night. With the victory, the Sharks still have a slim chance for their third division title in franchise history and first since 2004.

They need to win this contest and at home Saturday versus the Canucks while the Ducks lose in regulation Friday at Dallas and Saturday at Columbus.

In Wednesday's win, Marcel Goc assisted on third-period goals by Scott Hannan and Steve Bernier, and Jonathan Cheechoo and Ryane Clowe scored in the shootout - but not before Sharks coach Ron Wilson made an interesting gamble.

With his team short-handed, Wilson called for a measurement of the stick used by Anaheim's Teemu Selanne just before overtime started. Though Selanne received a two-minute penalty and San Jose had a short power play, Evgeni Nabokov needed to make six of his 37 saves in overtime to get the Sharks into the shootout.

"We had an inkling that his stick might be too wide," said Wilson, who coached Selanne in San Jose and Anaheim. "When you look at it, it's almost the length of a goalie stick. I was just rolling the dice, and I figured I'd do it in the overtime and it worked."

Ten players have scored at least one of San Jose's 12 goals in the season series against the Flames, led by Milan Michalek and Mark Smith with two each. Calgary was limited to two goals in two losses to San Jose earlier in the season before posting a 7-4 win at home on Feb. 24. Iginla had two goals and two assists, and Daymond Langkow also scored twice in the win.

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