Strong penalty killing has helped the San Jose Sharks get off to one of the best starts in franchise history. An inability to score with a man advantage is a big reason the Calgary Flames have been so inconsistent.
The Sharks, who have yet to allow a power-play goal, look to match the best start in their history when they take on the Flames at Pengrowth Saddledome on Monday.
San Jose (2-0-0) has opened with consecutive victories for the first time since the 1999-2000 season, when it started a franchise-best 3-0.
"It always feels good to get the win at the beginning of the season, but it's nothing more than that," said Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov, who recorded the 28th career shutout of his career in a 2-0 win over the New York Islanders on Saturday. "It's a long season. It's 82 games. It feels good to start this way, but there's a lot of work ahead."
San Jose is one of six teams yet to give up a power-play goal, killing all eight of its opponents' opportunities. The Sharks ranked near the bottom of the league in penalty killing last season at 80.7 percent.
Matt Carle and Christian Ehrhoff both scored in the first period to lead San Jose on Saturday. Carle, a rookie defenseman who appeared in 12 games last year, has two goals in two games and the first scoring streak of his career.
"It was probably the only time it will happen this year," Carle said.
Sharks left wing Mark Bell was injured late in the game against New York. Coach Ron Wilson said he believed it was a groin injury. Bell's status for Monday's game is uncertain.
Calgary (1-1-0) edged the Edmonton Oilers 2-1 on Saturday to earn a split of a season-opening home-and-home series. The Flames lost 3-1 on Thursday.
After going 0-for-9 on the power play in the opener, Calgary didn't convert any of its six chances in coach Jim Playfair's first NHL victory Saturday. Of the six teams that have yet to score with the man advantage, the Flames have had the most opportunities.
Calgary's top line of Jarome Iginla, Alex Tanguay and Daymond Langkow didn't score Saturday. Iginla - who had a goal Thursday - is the only one to score this season.
"I think with the skill we have on the line, the goals will come," said Tanguay, who registered an assist on Marcus Nilson's game-winner. "It's all about winning. You can win 7-6 or 2-1 and it doesn't matter."
Stephane Yelle scored the tying goal, assisted on the go-ahead goal, had a key blocked shot and won a pivotal faceoff to lead the Flames.
"Ever since his first game here, he's come as advertised," Playfair said of the 11-year veteran. "He's a 2-1, game-winning kind of guy."
Yelle's tying goal came with just 8 seconds left in the first period.
Calgary went 3-1-0 against San Jose last season, winning the final three games.