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

26 SOG
20 SOG
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SJS
CGY
game recap

Flames 2, Sharks 0

Monday, 06.18.2012 / 11:20 PM

Associated Press

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Flames 2, Sharks 0
San Jose Sharks 0, Calgary Flames 2

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) - The Calgary Flames are quite used to making a little offense go a long way with Miikka Kiprusoff in goal.

Kiprusoff made 26 saves for his NHL-leading seventh shutout and the Flames beat the San Jose Sharks 2-0 Saturday night.

"It's been the same way all season," Kiprusoff said. "You just have to take one game at a time and can't look too far forward because every game is huge."

His best stop was a spectacular effort against Marcel Goc halfway through the second period that protected the Flames' one-goal lead.

Darting into the Flames zone, Goc cut to the middle and turned Jason Wiemer inside out. Goc then eluded Bryan Marchment's poke check attempt, and fired a shot that appeared headed for the top corner before Kiprusoff grabbed it with his glove.

"That's the one that really sticks out," Sharks coach Ron Wilson said. "It was a great move and a great shot and he came up with a great save."

Kiprusoff also leads the NHL with 31 victories. The Flames have scored only 13 goals in the seven shutouts.

"Kipper is a confident guy right now back there and, defensively, they're one of the best teams in the league," said Sharks goalie and Kiprusoff's former teammate Evgeni Nabokov. "Their identity is they're not going to score four or five goals, they're going to score two or three, but it's going to be enough to win."

San Jose is 10th in the Western Conference, six points behind eighth place Edmonton in the playoff race.

"We've got to realize how important these games are," San Jose defenseman Scott Hannan said. "The way teams can get points nowadays, especially with the amount of games we have left, we can't let these things slip as it's really hard to make up points."

Jarome Iginla and Chris Simon scored for Northwest Division-leading Calgary, which holds a two-point lead over Vancouver and a three-point advantage against Colorado. Iginla stretched Calgary's lead to 2-0 with 4:41 remaining.

As Hannan attempted to keep in a puck inside the Calgary blue line, he was bowled over by Mike Leclerc. Hannan left the puck free for Iginla, who raced away on a breakaway and beat Nabokov through the legs.

Kiprusoff's busiest stretch came midway through the first period when teammates Shean Donovan and Darren McCarty were called for minor penalties 24 seconds apart.

During the extended power play, the Sharks recorded 10 shots on goal - six coming during the 1:36 stretch of two-man advantage.

Joe Thornton was thwarted twice in a row from the side of the net, and Kiprusoff jabbed out his pad to kick aside Jonathan Cheechoo's dangerous shot from the slot. Sharks defenseman Tom Pressing was also turned aside twice from in close.

"We knew the Sharks are real hungry now hunting for a playoff spot so we knew it was going to be a tough game," Kiprusoff said.

Simon gave Calgary the lead just 3:04 in.

During a prolonged scramble in front of the Sharks net, San Jose failed on a couple of attempts to clear the puck. Simon was able to knock it past Nabokov.

"We had some good chances, but we didn't bear down and score when we had to," Hannan said. "We had the shots and the opportunity to win the game but it just didn't happen."

The Sharks finished 0-for-6 on the power play after converting nine times in their previous 22 chances.

"The Sharks have a pretty good power play, they move the puck around so good," Kiprusoff said. "Our killers did a great job of letting me see the puck."

Calgary was 0-for-7 with the man advantage. San Jose has killed off 27 straight short-handed situations over six games.

The Sharks have been shut out only three times this season, but the blankings have all come in their last 13 games.

Notes: Calgary LW Kristian Huselius (foot) was replaced in the lineup by Wiemer, a healthy scratch the previous five games. ... San Jose is 7-17-6 when allowing the first goal, compared to 21-6-2 when taking a 1-0 lead. The Sharks are 15-0 when they score the first two goals.

scoring summary
1st Period
03:04
CGY
Chris Simon (6) Snap shot - ASST: Shean Donovan (9), Daymond Langkow (21)
1 - 0 CGY
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
15:19
CGY
Jarome Iginla (28) Snap shot - ASST: Mike Leclerc (16)
2 - 0 CGY
penalty summary
1st Period
07:02
SJS
Nisse Ekman  Holding against  Matthew Lombardi
12:32
CGY
Shean Donovan  Tripping against  Niko Dimitrakos
12:56
CGY
Darren McCarty  Slashing against  Patrick Marleau
15:17
SJS
Steve Bernier  Interference on goalkeeper against  Miikka Kiprusoff
2nd Period
01:27
SJS
Mark Smith  Hi-sticking against  Darren McCarty
08:34
CGY
Bryan Marchment  Roughing against  Milan Michalek
14:17
CGY
Bryan Marchment  Hi-sticking against  Steve Bernier
16:55
SJS
Mark Smith  Hooking against  Chuck Kobasew
16:55
CGY
Chuck Kobasew  Diving against  Mark Smith
19:07
SJS
Nisse Ekman  Too many men/ice - bench
3rd Period
01:26
SJS
Douglas Murray  Hi-sticking against  Chuck Kobasew
04:21
SJS
Patrick Marleau  Holding against  Chuck Kobasew
05:34
CGY
Matthew Lombardi  Interference
13:16
SJS
Niko Dimitrakos  Holding the stick against  Jarome Iginla
19:17
CGY
Matthew Lombardi  Hi-sticking against  Steve Bernier
goalie stats
Evgeni Nabokov
SA: 20TOI: 58:08
Saves: 18EV: 11 - 13
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .900SH: 2 - 2
Miikka Kiprusoff
SA: 26TOI: 60:00
Saves: 26EV: 13 - 13
PIM: 0PP: 12 - 12
SV%: 1.000SH: 1 - 1