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Flames 4, Sharks 3, OT

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:50 AM

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

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The Sharks continued their season-high, six-game home stand on Tuesday night, hosting the Calgary Flames at HP Pavilion at San Jose. Former teammates Evgeni Nabokov and Miikka Kiprusoff manned the nets for their respective teams.

Captain Patrick Marleau missed his first game of the season, sidelined with a groin injury that also kept him out of the final two periods on Saturday night against Nashville. Marleau’s vacant spot left room for Marcel Goc’s return to the lineup.

The Sharks carried the play in the opening minutes of the first, registering scoring chances in each of their first three shifts, but Kiprusoff made key saves to keep San Jose off the scoreboard.

An innocent looking play just 4:20 in led to the first goal of the game. Former Shark Owen Nolan made a strong play to hold the puck in the Sharks zone at the blueline, then fired a shot towards the slot that was deflected by Daymond Langkow and in over Nabokov’s right shoulder for the 1-0 lead.

The two teams traded minor penalties and abbreviated power plays, but neither team was able to set up while on the man advantage.

With 8:20 to play in the first, Goc made his return to the lineup known, scoring his fourth goal of the season. Taking a chip shot pass off the glass from linemate Jody Shelley, Goc beat a flat-footed Dion Phaneuf in a race to the puck, then ripped a wrist shot from his off-wing that beat Kiprusoff low and to the left.

The period closed tied at 1-1, but San Jose was clearly the aggressor in the opening frame outshooting Calgary 18-5.

On Calgary’s sixth shot of the game, they would take a 2-1 lead. An odd bounce set the puck down to the right side of Nabokov. As he moved over to cover the rubber disk, former Shark Mark Smith came crashing in. The net was lifted off its moorings just as the puck crossed the line, but the video ruling was it crossed in time.

San Jose failed on two power plays in the middle of the second stanza and the deficit remained in place. Former Shark Owen Nolan nearly made it a two-goal lead when he skated in alone on Nabokov. San Jose’s netminder made the stop, but the puck bounced in the air and had a shot to cross the line. Craig Rivet was Johnny-on-the-spot and batted the vulcanized rubber out of mid-air and saved the moment.

San Jose was 0-3 in second period power plays, but when Calgary tested the water a fourth time, San Jose tied the contest. With 32 seconds remaining in the second, Milan Michalek found some room down low, made a move and slid the puck across the empty half of the net.

The Flames celebrate Daymond Langkow's first period goal against the San Jose Sharks on Feb. 12, 2008, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
The contest that was tied at one after 20 minutes would be tied at two following 40 minutes of action.

Despite their dramatic shot advantage on the evening, San Jose did not take the lead until the middle of the third. Doing the dirty work along the end boards, Patrick Rissmiller and Torrey Mitchell gained possession behind Kiprusoff. Mitchell sent the puck out front to Mike Grier who fired on net. Before it could reach the crease, Rissmiller chipped it with his stick, sending it across the line for the 3-2 lead.

With less than three minutes remaining, Jonathan Cheechoo was called for a delay of game penalty when he attempted to clear the puck out of the Sharks defensive zone and it sailed over the glass. Calgary took advantage of the power play and pulled Kiprusoff for the two-man advantage and with 49.8 left in regulation, Dion Phaneuf scored an unassisted goal to send the game into overtime.

Over the first four minutes of overtime, Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Matt Carle both had shots from the point that were turned aside by Kipprusoff and Lombardi had a breakaway that Nabokov was able to stop with a sliding save. However, with 24.9 remaining, Iginla won the game for Calgary with a one-timer that beat Nabokov on his short side.

After outshooting the Flames 43-18, the Sharks fell to Calgary, 4-3 (OT).


Rissmiller - Mitchell - Grier
Michalek - Thornton - Cheechoo
Plihal - Roenick - Bernier
Shelley - Pavelski - Goc

McLaren - Ehrhoff
Carle - Rivet
Ozolinsh - Vlasic

Nabokov - Patzold

The Sharks return to action Thursday against the Edmonton Oilers.

From the AP Wire

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- The Sharks can't blame the Hollywood writers' strike for this rerun.

For the second time in six weeks, Jarome Iginla received a pass from Dion Phaneuf and scored an overtime goal in San Jose, negating the Sharks' huge shot advantage and sending their Calgary Flames to a comeback win.

After Phaneuf scored Calgary's tying goal during a two-man advantage with 49.8 seconds left in regulation, Iginla got the overtime winner with 24.9 seconds to play in the Flames' 4-3 victory Tuesday night, erasing 57 minutes of hard work by the Sharks with another late flourish.

"We were outplayed, but we found a way to win an ugly game," Iginla said.

If the finish seemed familiar, that's because the same thing happened Jan. 3, when the Flames' two biggest stars put on the same show at the Shark Tank. Iginla, who has 32 career goals against San Jose, scored late in overtime last month to seal Calgary's 3-2 win despite the Sharks' 36-20 shot advantage.

Daymond Langkow and Mark Smith also scored for the Flames, who were outshot 43-18 this time. Goalie Miikka Kiprusoff made 40 saves to steal what would have been former teammate Evgeni Nabokov's NHL-best 32nd victory.

"They always make me work hard, but that's fine," said Kiprusoff, who rose through the Sharks' system for four years before getting traded to Calgary in 2003. "Getting two points out of this building is huge. They were shooting a lot, but it's all good."

The Sharks' biggest folly was a delay-of-game penalty by Jonathan Cheechoo, setting up a 6-on-4 advantage when the Flames pulled Kiprusoff late in regulation. Phaneuf scored the tying goal by winding a long shot through traffic, and Iginla then converted a one-timer for his 35th goal.

Cheechoo, who had a hat trick Saturday night, blamed himself after shooting the puck into the stands accidentally with 2:27 to play.

"I was trying to get it off the glass, and I got it too high," Cheechoo said. "We played pretty well throughout the first two periods. We had a lot of play in their end, and in the last few minutes, they got the puck in our end and took advantage of it."

Patrick Rissmiller tipped home Mike Grier's shot for the go-ahead goal with 11:27 left in regulation for the Sharks, who lost for the second time in five games on a six-game homestand. San Jose had 28 shots in the first 29 minutes, but Kiprusoff was his usual solid self.

Marcel Goc and Milan Michalek scored in the second loss to Calgary in two weeks for the Sharks, who played without captain Patrick Marleau for the first time this season because of a groin injury.

"The way we played tonight should have been good enough to win," Grier said. "It's not a time for moral victories. We've got to find a way to get the two points. We've got to make plays. We have to get it straight before the playoffs. We're too good a team for that to keep happening."

After Langkow scored his 22nd goal 4:20 in, the Sharks evened it when Kiprusoff whiffed on a stoppable shot by Goc, the defense-oriented German forward who has been benched for seven of the past nine games - but has scored in each of his two appearances.

Smith, the longtime Sharks grinder in his first season with Calgary, got credit for his first goal in 44 games this season when a crush of falling players pushed the puck past Nabokov an instant before the net came off its moorings.

"Don't put that one on the highlight reel," Smith said. "I think I got it in with my butt, but any time you get it in is good."

San Jose remained frustrated until Michalek deked and scored in front on a pass from Craig Rivet during a power play in the final minute of the period.

Notes: After Calgary C Owen Nolan roared past Rivet in the second period to create a breakaway, Rivet redeemed himself by swatting the deflected puck out of mid-air above the crease. ... Sharks enforcer Jody Shelley still hasn't fought for his new team, but he picked up his second assist of the season on Goc's goal. ... Cheechoo got an assist, giving him five points in two games.

scoring summary
1st Period
Daymond Langkow (22) ASST: Owen Nolan (8), Kristian Huselius (31)
1 - 0 CGY
Marcel Goc (4) ASST: Jody Shelley (2), Marc-Edouard Vlasic (8)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
Mark Smith (1) ASST: Matthew Lombardi (17)
2 - 1 CGY
PPG - Milan Michalek (19) ASST: Craig Rivet (22), Jonathan Cheechoo (9)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
Patrick Rissmiller (7) ASST: Michael Grier (10), Torrey Mitchell (9)
3 - 2 SJS
PPG - Dion Phaneuf (11) ASST: NONE
3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
Jarome Iginla (35) ASST: Dion Phaneuf (28)
4 - 3 CGY
penalty summary
1st Period
Christian Ehrhoff  Holding against  Alex Tanguay
Alex Tanguay  Hooking against  Torrey Mitchell
Kristian Huselius  Interference against  Michael Grier
2nd Period
David Hale  Tripping against  Tomas Plihal
Anders Eriksson  Interference against  Joe Thornton
Adrian Aucoin  Holding against  Jonathan Cheechoo
Robyn Regehr  Hooking against  Joe Pavelski
3rd Period
Matthew Lombardi  Slashing against  Milan Michalek
Joe Thornton  Tripping against  Cory Sarich
Jonathan Cheechoo  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
OT Period
goalie stats
Miikka Kiprusoff
Miikka Kiprusoff
SA: 43TOI: 63:52
Saves: 40EV: 32 - 34
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 9
SV%: .930SH: 0 - 0
Evgeni Nabokov
SA: 18TOI: 64:35
Saves: 14EV: 12 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
SV%: .778SH: 0 - 0
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