A convincing 6-3 win for San Jose against Calgary.
Alexei Yegorov is the only Sharks player to post a hat trick against the Flames according to a CSN California stat.
proved his good health with a goal. He skated in two-on-one with Dany Heatley and Calgary played pass the entire way. So, Couture took his option and made the score 6-3 Sharks.
had a flash of speed and skated in on Miikka Kiprusoff, but the hat trick effort was denied.
Cory Sarich lined Patrick Marleau
up for a big hit and it was Sarich who ended up on the ice, much to the crowd's delight.
A big time bout between Ryane Clowe
and Cory Sarich. There should be a hard and fast rule that the visor has to come off before a fight.
San Jose took a two-goal lead to the break again, this time it was a 5-3 advantage.
Anton Babchuk tripped up Ben Eager to place San Jose on the power play.
posted his second of the night. After Miikka Kiprusoff robbed Joe Pavelski
of a goal, Mitchell swooped in for the rebound, giving San Jose a 5-3 lead.
Calgary pulled within one on a quiet goal as few people initially knew the puck crossed the line. The wraparound by Rene Bourque got just inside Antti Niemi
's pad and made it 4-3 San Jose.
It looked like Devin Setoguchi would have San Jose's fifth goal when Joe Thornton
fed him drivng the net on a three-on-one. Somehow Miikka Kiprusoff got his leg pad over in time to stop the play.
Lance Bouma skated two strides alone and wristed one at Antti Niemi
, but that scoring opportunity was easily extinguished.
The Sharks were up 55 percent to 45 percent in the faceoff dots early on.
An Ian White shot sailed just inches outside the post as the second period began.
San Jose took the 4-2 lead into the lockerroom. They not only doubled up the Flames in goals, but also in shots 16-8.
Two in a row for Patrick Marleau
. On the power play, Devin Setoguchi poked a puck away in the crease and Marleau popped it into the empty half of the net. 4-2 San Jose.
put the Sharks on top 3-2. Marleau took a puck courtesy of Douglas Murray
and skated in behind the defense. With a blueliner on his back, Marleau went backhand and pitched the shot upstairs.
A tough break for Andrew Desjardins
as a simple point shot went off his leg and across the goal line. Nothing Antti Niemi
could do on the play. The game was tied at 2.
Detroit lost to Vancouver so a Sharks win would put San Jose within one point of the Red Wings for second in the conference.
just put San Jose up 2-1. He began skating in the defensive zone and did not stop until he came underneath the top of the faceoff circles. He let loose a wrister and it beat Miikka Kiprusoff to the far side. It was a thing a beauty and a great way for Desjardins to register his first NHL point. Kudos to Marc-Edouard Vlasic
for hunting down the memorable puck for the rookie.
With his helper on Torrey Mitchell
's goal, Thornton now sits 54th all time with 689 points.
You had to give credit for the end result, but Calgary just tied it on a lucky bounce. A pass through the crease was pointed right to him beside the net and he popped it home.
More than 5 minutes in and the Flames hadn't registered a shot. A Dany Heatley boarding penalty put the Flames on the power play.
stayed hot. He retrieved a puck perfectly dumped in by Joe Thornton
and fed Jamal Mayers. Mayers skated behind the net and dished to a driving Mitchell and San Jose led 1-0.
Calgary's Jay Bouwmeester just started his 500th consecutive game, an NHL record for a defenseman.
It's a beautiful start when both anthems get sung.
dressed for the contest, but Niclas Wallin was not part of the lineup.
In a battle of Finnish netminders, Antti Niemi
looked across at Miikka Kiprusoff. Patrick Marleau
, Joe Thornton
and Devin Setoguchi opened up front and Douglas Murray
and Dan Boyle
were on the backend.