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Live Game Blog: Sharks at Calgary

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks
The San Jose Sharks are shutout for the first time this young season, falling 4-0 to the Calgary Flames. Antero Niittymaki made 23 of 24 saves coming off the bench. The Sharks were 31 for 55 in the faceoff circle. Calgary's Rene Bourque got two goals in the game.


Sharks fall to the Flames 4-0.

Sharks taking control of the puck late in the game trying to find a way pass Kiprusoff.

Niittymaki makes a huge right pad save on a breakaway.

Jamal Mayers goes in strong on Kiprusoff but the Finnish netminder makes the save.

Niittymaki uses his stick to distrupt the Calgary forward and then jumps on the puck to cover it up.

Calgary nearly got another goal, but the post helps out Niittymaki again.

Icing called against the Sharks. Faceoff in the d-zone.

Sharks kill of the penalty. They are now 5-for-6 on the PK.

Calgary goes on their sixth powerplay of the game as Heatley got two minutes for tripping.

San Jose got four shots on goal on the rest of their powerplay.

Joe Thornton won the faceoff to start the third period. The Sharks are playing out the remainder of their powerplay.


Sharks get some great chances on Kiprusoff late in the period again. They will start the third period on the powerplay still. In the second period, San Jose stopped the bleeding and got 12 shots on net versus the Flames' 10. However, Calgary has 24 shots on goal in the game while the Sharks sit at 18.

Flames earn a penalty late in the period. Two minutes for hooking.

Heatley stands up at the blueline and steals the puck from the Flames powerplay unit and pushes the rush up the ice.

Niclas Wallin gets a delay of game penalty for clearing the puck over the glass.

Niittymaki makes the pad save on the Flames' attempted tip in.

San Jose got some chances on the powerplay but no goal to show for the effort.

Heatley does some fancy stick work to get the puck in close to Kiprusoff but his shot was foiled.

Sharks go on only their second powerplay of the game thanks to an interference call on Olli Jokinen.

Miikka Kiprusoff covers up the puck and forces the faceoff.

Logan Couture wins the faceoff following the stoppage.

Nichol is back on the ice, even after blocking a shot that hampered him earlier in the period, to help kill off another penalty. That guy is a trooper.

Slashing called behind the play on Dany Heatley. Flames are 1-for-3 so far this game.

Jamie McGinn gets an open shot on "Kipper" from long range who makes the routine glove save. That's the Sharks' first shot of the second period. Calgary already has six this period, 20 in the game.

Patrick Marleau nearly stole the puck from the Flames defense. He would've been all alone with Kiprusoff.

San Jose successfully kills off the penalty.

Scott Nichol blocks a shot and is hurting but remains out on the ice with his PK unit. He's one tough dude.

Niittymaki jumps out from his crease sprawls out to cover up the puck. However, the refs tack Niittymaki with a delay of game penalty. Jamal Mayers serves for his netminder.

A Flames shot passes Niittymaki who was helped out by the red post. The puck dings off the post and safely into the corner.


Four goals over a span of roughly seven minutes put the Flames ahead 4-0 leading into the first intermission. Calgary put 14 shots on net that period compared five from San Jose.

San Jose puts on a late rush on Kiprusoff and got two chances on net late in the period.

Calgary controls the puck for much of play the last few minutes.

Niittymaki makes a blocker save as the Flames' powerplay winds down. The shot clock currently reads 12-5 in favor of Calgary.

Sharks got a chance shorthanded but Kiprusoff makes the save.

Torrey Mitchell gets tagged with a hooking penalty.

Bourque scores again when his shot from long range squeaks pass Niittymaki's five hole. Alex Tanguay gets his second assist of the game. Flames' lead now reads 4-0.

Ryane Clowe and Tim Jackman both head to their respective penalty box for the next five minutes.

Calgary scores again, this time on a two-on-one, and lead 3-0. Ryane Clowe picks a fight in response. Head Coach Todd McLellan calls for a goalie change and Antero Niittymaki makes his way to the Sharks net.

Niemi covers up the puck to cool down the Flames a bit. The faceoff takes place to his left.

Quick transition from the Flames leads to another Calgary goal. Jarome Iginla recieves a drop pass from Alex Tanguay and puts it top shelf.

Rene Bourque scores on the one timer on the Flames powerplay.

Joe Pavelski goes to the penalty box for tripping.

Jamal Mayers takes the ice for just the second time this season, this time against his former team. He started the 2009-10 season with the Toronto Maple Leafs but finished the season with the Flames. Also, Mayers celebrates his 36th birthday today.

Sharks win the opening faceoff as the game gets underway at the Saddledome.

San Jose will wrap up their three-game road game tonight against the Calgary Flames. So far during this road trip, Joe Pavelski has collected three goals and two assists.

Antti Niemi gets the call in net for tonight's tilt following the Sharks' 6-1 win Saturday. Niemi will stare down fellow Finn Miikka Kiprusoff.

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