SAN JOSE, Calif. --
The San Jose Sharks used an amazing second period where they posted 27 shots and road the impressive goaltending of Evgeni Nabokov to an impressive 2-0 win that evened their Round 1 series with Calgary at one apiece. Joe Pavelski
and Torrey Mitchell
had the goals for Team Teal.
Nabokov and Miikka Kiprusoff took their respective positions in the nets.
Brian Campbell had the game’s first true chance when he fired a puck on net with traffic, only to see it hit the post and go the wrong way.
At the 14:03 mark of the first, Nabokov made what could stand to be the save of the series. When a pass across the slot hit Flames defenseman Cory Sarich pinching down, the entire crowd felt San Jose would be down a goal. However, Nabokov, who because of his technical style, rarely gets credit for his athletic ability, slid over for the glove save.
San Jose was definitely bringing their physical game as Douglas Murray
was trading hits with Calgary’s Dion Phaneuf and Joe Thornton
hammered Sarich into the boards.
Nabokov was forced to make another huge save with just seconds left in the stanza when he stoned Jarome Iginla much in the same way he did Sarich to keep things even after 20 minutes.
Just five minutes into the second period, San Jose took their first lead of the series. Joe Pavelski
tracked down a loose puck in the Calgary zone and quickly turned and fired. The shot seemed to be a bit unexpected and it tickled the twine.
The crowd was electric with the 1-0 lead and the Sharks were feeding off the enthusiasm. The next shift resulted in a power play when Kiprusoff held Thornton’s stick to hold off an attack. San Jose could not find the two-goal lead, but did test Calgary’s netminder several times.
San Jose was awarded two more power plays in succession, but the lead stayed at one.
That was not the end of the penalty parade and the Flames committed another three straight, but his time it resulted in more than two minutes of five-on-three time. At one point, Sarich was without his stick for an extended period, but the Flames appeared on track to kill off all three penalties.
|Calgary Flames right wing Owen Nolan (11) is unable to score past San Jose Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov (20), of Kazakhstan, in the third period in Game 2 of an NHL hockey Western Conference playoff series, Thursday, April 10, 2008, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma) |
Then with just nine seconds left in the final minor, Ryane Clowe
and Milan Michalek were causing chaos in front of Kiprusoff and the puck was loose in front. Craig Rivet’s shot banged off some sticks and Torrey Mitchell
was there to punch in the loose change.
Team Teal would take the 2-0 lead to the second break thanks to a 27-3 shot advantage in the stanza.
The ebb and flow of the penalties would begin to even out in the third as the Flames had three straight minors go in their favor, but the Sharks killed off almost the entire six minutes of shorthanded time before Calgary committed their next infraction.
Calgary was showing their grit trying to stay in the game late, but with 4:51 to go in regulation, Nabokov took away yet another sure Flames tally. This time he flashed the glove on former Shark Owen Nolan and the crowd roared throughout the television timeout.
When Marleau forced a penalty call on a breakaway, Adrian Aucoin went to the box and limited how much Calgary could generate offense for two minutes. Yet another late power play would keep the Flames shorthanded for most of the remaining time on the clock.
San Jose closed out the victory and would take the series to Calgary all even. LINES
Nabokov-Boucher NEXT GAME
Game 3 between San Jose and Calgary will be Sunday night at 7 p.m. in Alberta and the game will be on CSN Bay, 98.5 KFOX and sjsharks.com.