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Sharks 2, Flames 0

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:50 AM

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




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

From the AP Wire

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- When Evgeni Nabokov and Miikka Kiprusoff both wore teal, they pushed themselves to elite goaltending status with their friendly rivalry.

Now that they're on opposite sides of another playoff series, the goalies are still trying to top each other - and while Kiprusoff made the most saves in Game 2, Nabokov undoubtedly made the biggest.

San Jose Sharks center Torrey Mitchell, right, is chased by Calgary Flames left wing Alex Tanguay in the second period of an NHL hockey Western Conference playoff series in San Jose, Calif., Thursday, April 10, 2008. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Just ask Owen Nolan, their former teammate in San Jose, who's probably still wondering why he couldn't find the net on Nabokov's best save of them all in the San Jose Sharks' 2-0 victory over the Calgary Flames on Thursday night.

Nabokov made 21 saves in his sixth career postseason shutout, and rookie Torrey Mitchell scored a power-play goal to even their first-round series at a game apiece. Game 3 is in Calgary on Sunday.

Nabokov, who led the NHL with 46 regular-season victories, knew the stakes for San Jose after the Flames' 3-2 victory in Wednesday's opener. He responded with the type of performance that has led the Sharks to ship out Kiprusoff, Vesa Toskala, Johan Hedberg and other top goaltending prospects who simply couldn't beat out Nabby.

"We knew we couldn't lose going to Calgary," Nabokov said. "They were playing great hockey, and we just kept coming at them. It's a win, that's the most important thing. A shutout is icing on the cake. There's a lot of work ahead of us, a lot of fights ahead of us."

He made his most uncanny save with 4:51 to play after a sharp Calgary pass left him out of position to stop Nolan's shot on an open net. Nabokov somehow leaned across the crease and blindly gloved the puck, leaving the former Sharks captain chewing on his mouthpiece in disbelief.

"The last one was sort of lucky," Nabokov said. "I just tried to put my glove somewhere there, and hope he would hit me."

Joe Pavelski also scored for the second-seeded Sharks, who outshot the penalty-prone Flames by a huge margin - 43-21 this time - for the second time in 24 hours. Calgary won the opener despite a 16-shot disadvantage and a home sellout crowd expecting big things from the NHL's second-best regular season team.

Kiprusoff was nearly as good as Nabokov in the rematch, stopping 41 shots as the seventh-seeded Flames labored on the penalty-kill for 9:52 in the second period, in which San Jose outshot Calgary 27-3. San Jose again used its big advantages in speed and skill to keep the Flames on the defensive - or force them to commit penalties, including six consecutive calls in the second period.

"I was very upset about the officiating," Calgary coach Mike Keenan said. "I'll share those thoughts with the league and with the supervisor of the officials. I can't comment on how it affected my players. We had a good first period, and then there was a total imbalance in the second."

Calgary Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff (34), of Finland, blocks a shot by San Jose Sharks left wing Jody Shelley (45) in the first period in Game 2 of an NHL hockey Western Conference playoff series, Thursday, April 10, 2008, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

Kiprusoff kept the Sharks at bay, even surviving two full minutes of 5-on-3 play, until Mitchell's rebound goal on their 26th shot of the period with just 9 seconds left in that huge chunk of power-play time.

"That was some second period," Kiprusoff said. "It was quite a scene in front of the net, with quite a few 5-on-3s. Our killers did a pretty good job of keeping us in the game, but it wasn't enough."

San Jose then was hit with three straight penalties in about 10 minutes to open the third, but Nabokov and his penalty-killers stopped everything. Calgary took two more penalties in the final minutes to make Nabokov's shutout a bit easier.

In addition to Nabokov's jaw-dropping stop on Nolan, he made two impressive saves in the first period, stopping Flames captain Jarome Iginla on a 2-on-1 break to keep Calgary off the board until Pavelski's goal on a long rebound early in the second period.

When they met in the 2004 Western Conference finals, Kiprusoff was the Flames' best player in their six-game victory. Kiprusoff won the Vezina Trophy in 2006, and Nabokov is a favorite this summer after the best season in franchise history.

"I'm sure Warren Strelow is upstairs with a big smile on his face," coach Ron Wilson said of the Sharks' longtime goaltending coach, who died last year after tutoring a long string of NHL netminders.

Notes: Sharks D Christian Ehrhoff missed his second straight game with an undisclosed injury. After rusty replacement Alexei Semenov struggled in Game 1, the Sharks went with Matt Carle, who fell all the way out of the lineup this season. Carle made an outstanding defensive play in the second period, diving to knock the puck away from Owen Nolan to stop a short-handed breakaway chance. ... San Jose's 27 shots in the second period were a team record for one playoff period. ... Calgary D Dion Phaneuf turned 23 Thursday.

scoring summary
1st Period
2nd Period
Joe Pavelski (1) ASST: Marc-Edouard Vlasic (1), Patrick Marleau (2)
1 - 0 SJS
PPG - Torrey Mitchell (1) ASST: Ryane Clowe (1), Craig Rivet (1)
2 - 0 SJS
3rd Period
penalty summary
1st Period
Craig Conroy  Hooking against  Curtis Brown
Patrick Marleau  Slashing against  Robyn Regehr
2nd Period
Curtis Brown  Roughing against  David Moss
David Moss  Roughing against  Curtis Brown
Miikka Kiprusoff  Holding against  Joe Thornton
Jarome Iginla  Holding against  Douglas Murray
David Hale  Cross checking against  Michael Grier
Kristian Huselius  Hooking against  Kyle McLaren
Stephane Yelle  Cross checking against  Patrick Marleau
Jim Vandermeer  Slashing against  Joe Thornton
Craig Rivet  Interference against  Matthew Lombardi
3rd Period
Torrey Mitchell  Interference against  Dion Phaneuf
Matt Carle  Hooking against  Craig Conroy
Matthew Lombardi  Hooking against  Curtis Brown
Adrian Aucoin  Slashing against  Patrick Marleau
Eric Nystrom  Roughing against  Jonathan Cheechoo
Jonathan Cheechoo  Roughing against  Eric Nystrom
Cory Sarich  Cross checking against  Ryane Clowe
goalie stats
Miikka Kiprusoff
Miikka Kiprusoff
SA: 43TOI: 60:00
Saves: 41EV: 20 - 21
PIM: 2PP: 20 - 21
SV%: .953SH: 1 - 1
Evgeni Nabokov
SA: 21TOI: 59:59
Saves: 21EV: 16 - 16
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: 1.000SH: 1 - 1
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