A nice soft clear by Ryane Clowe
closes the 4-3 victory out as the Sharks have now earned seven of their last eight possible points.
The tactic pays off as Jarome Iginla tucks one under the cross bar. With another faceoff in the Sharks defensive zone, the extra attacker plan is back on for Calgary.
Calgary has called a timeout and pulled Miikka Kiprusoff for the extra attacker.
Anttie Niemi just turned away another shot and Joe Pavelski
almost scores twice on the other end.
San Jose just put the lead back to two. Dan Boyle
and Joe Pavelski
worked to spring Ryane Clowe
and Logan Couture
up the ice and Couture fired home the Clowe pass.
A little skirmish in front of the Calgary net as there was a rebound chance following a Devin Setoguchi shot and the Flames weren’t happy the Sharks tried to poke it in.
Jay Bouwmeester drops down from the point to receive a pass and finds a hole to pull Calgary within one.
The penalties have been crazy this game, not to insinuate they shouldn’t have been called. This time Torrey Mitchell
takes San Jose’s second delay of game for the night. Sharks fans also just witnessed back-to-back saves by Antti Niemi
that showed why he won a Stanley Cup last year.
Underway in the final 20 minutes and Calgary has 45 seconds of PP time.
A matching minor to Joe Pavelski
eliminated the power play and the clubs finished the second skating four aside. San Jose leads 3-1 this time at the break and they are outshooting the Flames 30-19.
San Jose will close out the period on a power play thanks to a too many men call against Calgary.
There is no bigger smile in HP Pavilion than the one on Joe Pavelski
. Having had no luck recently despite a bevy of shots, Pavelski knocks home a second effort and San Jose is up 3-1. Ryane Clowe
assists on the play and it marks his 100th career NHL helper.
Cory Sarich just ran Jamie McGinn into the boards and Jamal Mayers answers by taking Sarich in a fight. Unfortunately Mayers is given the instigator and has to sit for 10. Devin Setoguchi serves the penalty.
San Jose eliminates the Calgary power play and five-on-five play returns.
Now it’s Calgary’s on the PP as Dany Heatley is called for clipping Miikka Kiprusoff while going past the crease.
is hauled down driving to the net by Craig Conroy and the Sharks bring out the power play units.
Mark Giordano slides down from the point and scores an easy one while Calgary is up two men. Calgary still has a minute of power play time.
A delay of game penalty to Dan Boyle
gives Calgary 1:38 of five-on-three time.
San Jose outshoots Calgary 17-5 in the first and takes a 2-0 lead to the break.
As the double minor winds down, Calgary has as second two-on-one and again Antti Niemi
stands tall. This time it is Alex Tanguay staring him down and he smothered the shot.
forces Curtis Glencross to shoot wide while on a shorthanded two-on-one. San Jose is getting plenty of zone time, but can’t increase the lead three minutes into the double minor.
Devin Setoguchi is clipped in the face by Cory Sarich. The hit draws blood and San Jose gets four minutes of power play time.
Now it’s 2-0. Ryane Clowe
fought for the puck down low and gave it to Joe Pavelski
. Knowing his teammate would return the puck, Clowe headed to the net. Pavelski’s pass split the D and Clowe was wide open to roof one.
Two former Flames, Jamal Mayers and Scott Nichol, almost connect with Mayers’ shot sailing just past the far post.
from down low had a chance make it a two goal lead, but misses just wide.
It took only eight seconds for San Jose to score on the power play. A deft move by Dan Boyle
at the blueline kept play in the zone and two passes later Captain Joe Thornton
rang one up for the early lead.
This first shift by the trio of Pavelski, Couture and Clowe was outstanding. The nearly scored and drew a penalty.
Sharks Head Coach Todd McLellan will start Joe Pavelski
, Ryan Clowe and Logan Couture
up front and Douglas Murray
and Dan Boyle
on the blueline. It will be a Finnish netminding battle with Antti Niemi
and Miikka Kiprusoff squaring off.
The Sharks and Flames are within a half hour of beginning their tilt and have completed their warmups. The morning skate showed that Antti Niemi
is the likely goaltender for San Jose and that Kent Huskins, who missed Friday’s practice, is good to go.