Calgary
Flames
46-25-11
San Jose
Sharks
44-27-11

29 SOG
31 SOG
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CGY
SJS
game recap

Flames 4, Sharks 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:50 AM

Associated Press

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Flames 4, Sharks 3
Calgary Flames 4, San Jose Sharks 3

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Although the Calgary Flames hadn't won a regular-season game in San Jose in five years, their goalie knows all about winning at the Shark Tank - in both clubs' uniforms.

Miikka Kiprusoff made 28 saves against his former teammates, Robyn Regehr had a career-best three assists and the Flames snapped a three-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory over the slumping Sharks on Monday night.

Daymond Langkow, Chuck Kobasew, Chris Simon and Matthew Lombardi scored for the Flames in their first regular-season victory in San Jose since Jan. 3, 2001. Calgary was 0-6-2 at the Shark Tank since, though the Flames won three straight in San Jose during the 2004 Western Conference finals.

Kiprusoff, traded to Calgary that season after two years as Evgeni Nabokov's backup in San Jose, was a big part of the Flames' victory in that series. If the Flames hope to maintain their spot atop the Northwest Division after a two-week stretch of mediocre play, coach Darryl Sutter believes the Finnish goalie must carry them.

"Kipper is always one of the main reasons why we win hockey games," said Sutter, another former San Jose resident along with injured defenseman Bryan Marchment.

After a series of sloppy San Jose penalties helped Calgary score four consecutive goals, rookie Milan Michalek and Jonathan Cheechoo scored in the final 6 1/2 minutes to make it close. But Kiprusoff held on against the Sharks' suddenly inspired offense to avoid Calgary's first four-game losing streak of the season.

"It's been tough for us the last couple of games, but we stayed together in the third period when it could have been trouble again," Kiprusoff said. "It was good to see us step up in the last minutes."

Captain Patrick Marleau ended a six-game scoring drought with a goal and two assists, and Joe Thornton raised his NHL-leading total with two more assists for the Sharks, who hoped to jump back into the conference playoff picture with five games at home in nine days before the Olympic break.

Instead, they've lost the first three games of the homestand.

"They capitalized on our penalties," said Nabokov, who stopped 25 shots. "We need everyone on the same page, and it starts with me. One mistake ends up costing us the game. This seems to be the story all season."

The Sharks scored with a two-man advantage midway through the first period when Marleau got his 22nd goal of the season. Calgary tied it late in the period on another power play when Langkow somehow backhanded a loose puck between Nabokov's extended glove and the far post for his 17th goal of the season.

"For a team that's not a high-scoring team, our power play scores lots of big goals, goals that are at pivotal times," Sutter said.

The Flames went ahead early in the second on Kobasew's 16th goal, and stretched their lead several minutes later when Nabokov foolishly got caught behind his net. Stephane Yelle stripped the puck from Nabokov and fed Simon, who put his fourth goal of the season into the unguarded net.

The Sharks were mostly lifeless on offense in the second, skating with none of the energy they had when Thornton first joined the club in early December. Sharks coach Ron Wilson criticized Nabokov and unnamed forwards who aren't buying into his team concept.

"There comes a point when we have to have some people step up and play as well as you can," Wilson said. "That's a lack of trust if you're trying to do too much. If one guy tries to play 1-on-1 hockey, that's telling your teammates they aren't good enough."

Lombardi added a goal during 4-on-4 play in the third, turning the corner on two San Jose defensemen and sprawling into Nabokov while the puck slid under them.

Michalek scored with 6 1/2 minutes to play, and Cheechoo added his 22nd goal on the power play with 4:58 left.

Notes: Wilson shuffled his lineup, scratching rookies Marcel Goc and Doug Murray while playing rookies Steve Bernier and defenseman Matt Carkner, who made his NHL debut and picked up his first point - as well as the penalty that led to Langkow's power-play goal. ... Michalek also snapped a six-game scoreless streak. ... Thornton leads the league with 56 assists.

scoring summary
1st Period
08:45
SJS
PPG - Patrick Marleau (22) Slapshot - ASST: Joe Thornton (55), Christian Ehrhoff (9)
1 - 0 SJS
17:26
CGY
PPG - Daymond Langkow (17) Backhand shot - ASST: Robyn Regehr (12), Jordan Leopold (10)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
04:31
CGY
PPG - Chuck Kobasew (16) Tip-in - ASST: Kristian Huselius (21), Robyn Regehr (13)
2 - 1 CGY
13:12
CGY
Chris Simon (4) Slapshot - ASST: Stephane Yelle (10), Shean Donovan (6)
3 - 1 CGY
3rd Period
02:43
CGY
Matthew Lombardi (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Robyn Regehr (14)
4 - 1 CGY
13:31
SJS
Milan Michalek (10) Slapshot - ASST: Patrick Marleau (34), Matt Carkner (1)
4 - 2 CGY
15:02
SJS
PPG - Jonathan Cheechoo (32) Slapshot - ASST: Joe Thornton (56), Patrick Marleau (35)
4 - 3 CGY
penalty summary
1st Period
02:09
CGY
Matthew Lombardi  Hooking against  Josh Gorges
07:06
CGY
Chuck Kobasew  Hi-sticking against  Niko Dimitrakos
08:32
CGY
Robyn Regehr  Hi-sticking against  Nisse Ekman
16:50
SJS
Matt Carkner  Tripping against  Shean Donovan
2nd Period
00:56
SJS
Grant Stevenson  Tripping against  Andrew Ference
02:55
SJS
Evgeni Nabokov  Tripping against  Kristian Huselius
04:56
CGY
Marcus Nilson  Hooking against  Jonathan Cheechoo
08:04
SJS
Kyle McLaren  Hooking
09:35
CGY
Tony Amonte  Holding against  Christian Ehrhoff
09:57
SJS
Scott Hannan  Holding
17:35
CGY
Matthew Lombardi  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
3rd Period
00:59
CGY
Andrew Ference  Hooking
01:42
SJS
Tom Preissing  Holding against  Stephane Yelle
03:12
SJS
Kyle McLaren  Tripping
10:33
SJS
Niko Dimitrakos  Hooking
10:37
CGY
Jarome Iginla  Hi-sticking against  Scott Hannan
14:51
CGY
Mike Leclerc  Interference against  Tom Preissing
19:53
CGY
Darren McCarty  Slashing
20:00
SJS
Jonathan Cheechoo  Charging
goalie stats
Miikka Kiprusoff
SA: 31TOI: 59:59
Saves: 28EV: 14 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 13 - 15
SV%: .903SH: 1 - 1
Evgeni Nabokov
SA: 29TOI: 59:12
Saves: 25EV: 14 - 16
PIM: 2PP: 8 - 10
SV%: .862SH: 3 - 3