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Flames Overcome Sharks 3-2 In Shootout

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks
San Jose fell to Calgary 3-2 in a shootout Tuesday night, continuing their run of earning at least one point in each preseason contest.  Patrick Marleau and Patrick Rissmiller opened the scoring early, but the Flames rallied for the victory.


Former teammates Evgeni Nabokov and Miikka Kiprusoff squared off in nets for the evening.

The game began with a goal from Marleau just 30 seconds in and, on Team Teal's second shot, Patrick Rissmiller beat Miikka Kiprusoff for San Jose's second tally.

There was an extended delay in the second when a puck off Nabokov's stick broke a piece of glass.

Calgary was able to close the gap to one later in the first when Kristian Huselius took a beautiful power play feed and beat Nabokov to make it 2-1 heading into the lockerroom.

San Jose had a couple of players forced to visit the training room late in the first stanza in Torrey Mitchell and Tomas Plihal.  Phihal would not return with a shoulder injury and Mitchell would start the second, but not play much longer with a lower body injury.

After Kiprusoff stoned Devin Setoguchi in all alone, Calgary tied the contest.  Huselius found himself alone near Nabokov and somehow found a way to knuckle the puck across the line, knotting the game near its midway point.

Following the second Flames goal, a battle of heavy hitters broke out when Douglas Murray and Calgary's Eric Godard took part in an extended bout.  The heavyweights took turns landing blows before they fell to the ice.

Jonathan Cheechoo, Devin Setoguchi and Steve Bernier all had quality chances to provide San Jose a third goal, but the contest would remained tied after 40 minutes.

Early in the third San Jose had an early power play chance, but they were rebuffed by Calgary.  Then it was the Flames with two late power plays that San Jose had to defend.  Nabokov took care of his crease as well and the two clubs headed to overtime.

However, the Sharks would get a power play to start the extra stanza and skate with a four-on-three advantage.  Team Teal could not take advantage of the situation and the clubs returned to four-on-four play until the end of overtime.

In the shootout, Owen Nolan, Huselius and Craig Conroy scored as only Cheechoo and Marleau could find the back of the net among four shooters and Calgary secured the victory.

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