SAN JOSE, Calif. - Evgeni Nabokov stopped 20 shots in his final regular-season tuneup and the San Jose Sharks finished the exhibition season without a regulation loss, beating the Calgary Flames 2-1 on Saturday night.
Ryane Clowe and captain Patrick Marleau scored for the Sharks (5-0-2), who got another solid two-way game from a roster that hasn't changed much since last season's franchise-record 107-point campaign.
San Jose opens the regular season Thursday at Edmonton - though the Sharks' most important season won't begin until April, when they'll hope to erase consecutive seasons of playoff underachievement.
Craig Conroy broke up Nabokov's shutout bid early in the third period for the Flames (1-5-2), who finished the pre-season with three straight one-goal losses. Curtis McElhinney made 21 saves.
Clowe put the Sharks ahead late in the first period with his second pre-season goal on passes from Joe Pavelski and Steve Bernier, who teamed up with Clowe for a potentially potent second line. Pavelski was among the Sharks' top pre-season performers, leading the club with nine points.
Marleau scored in the opening minute of the second period on passes from Joe Thornton and Jonathan Cheechoo - another interesting trio of linemates during the pre-season. Teaming up the Sharks' three highest-profile forwards seems possible, though coach Ron Wilson typically changes his combinations multiple times during the season.
Mark Smith, the longtime Sharks centre cut loose by the club this summer, made his debut with the Flames after officially joining the club earlier Saturday. He skated a fairly regular shift in his last-minute bid to earn a roster spot after failing to catch on with the New York Rangers.
The Flames scratched former Sharks captain Owen Nolan, who has a nagging groin injury.