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Sharks 4, Flames 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:50 AM

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

SAN JOSE, Calif. --
Jonathan Cheechoo scored back-to-back goals in the third period to propel the Sharks to a 4-3 victory over the Calgary Flames on Thursday night at HP Pavilion. San Jose now leads the Western Conference Quarterfinals, 3-2, as the series heads back to Calgary for Game 6 on Sunday.

Both Joe Pavelski and Patrick Marleau extended their point streaks to five-straight games by scoring goals in the second period. The Sharks Captain and Pavelski each have six points during the playoffs from two goals and four assists apiece.

Ryane Clowe scored his team-leading eighth point of the playoffs with an assist on Cheechoo's first goal.

To start the game, Sharks Head Coach Ron Wilson sent the same lineup out that won Game 4 of the series, including dressing seven blueliners and 11 forwards.

Evgeni Nabokov and Miikka Kiprusoff were manning the pipes for each club.

San Jose killed off a Calgary power play in the game’s opening minute after Christian Ehrhoff was sent to the box. The Flames had a second power play awarded early in the stanza, but an attacking Joe Pavelski forced Adrian Aucoin to hook him and it gave Team Teal a brief 30 second advantage. The power plays came up empty for both clubs and the game was scoreless 12 minutes in.

When Calgary had the game’s first odd-man break, it was Nabokov who rose to the occasion. The initial shot found its way behind Nabokov, but as it moved toward the goal line, San Jose’s Vezina candidate reached behind him and pulled it to safety.

The intensity that could be expected from a Game 5 was definitely there as every loose puck was fought for, but it did not result in a goal and the first period ended scoreless.

There was some minor pushing and shoving at the intermission, but no penalties were called.

Calgary finally got on the board four minutes into the first with some friendly calls from the referees. In a very physical game, Calgary was handed more than a minute of five-on-three time. As they were up two men, Jarome Iginla fired one from inside the faceoff circle and it found its way through traffic to open the scoring.

The Sharks were able to fend off the remainder of the second power play to keep things close.

Halfway through the game, San Jose and been given just one power play while the Flames had been given four.

It may not have been the length of Calgary’s extended five-on-three, but San Jose did get 24 seconds of five-on-three time with 8:45 left in the second. The Flames held San Jose off for the first 24 seconds, but just as Wayne Primeau stepped on the ice, Team Teal struck gold.

When Ehrhoff slid one on net from along the goal line, the puck laid loose in front. Joe Pavelski was the man on the right spot and quickly jammed the puck home, tying the game at one.

San Jose Sharks right wing Jonathan Cheechoo (14) is congratulated by center Patrick Marleau (12) after Cheechoo scored against the Calgary Flames in the third period in Game 5 of an NHL hockey Western Conference playoff series, Thursday, April 17, 2008, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
The Sharks weren’t content to go into the third tied and with 1:53 left in the second, jumped out in front. San Jose entered the zone with Thornton dangling the puck. He then found the Sharks Captain and Marleau released the puck a split second into having possession. The wicked wrister was on an express ticket to the far corner, giving Kiprusoff absolutely no shot of making the stop.

Team Teal was 20 minutes from taking a 3-2 series lead, but they would face a desperate Flames team in the third.

San Jose obviously didn’t want to cling to a one-goal lead the entire third and came up with a little cushion early.

The first goal came courtesy of Jonathan Cheechoo. This time Pavelski served as a set-up man and gave Cheechoo shot in the slot and he gave San Jose their first two-goal lead of the game.

Cheechoo was not done. When he and Marleau carried the play on a two-on-one, the Captain’s pass let Cheechoo have half a net to shoot at and he made it two in a row for a 4-1 lead.

A tough-luck holding the stick call on Craig Rivet put Calgary on the power play with just over 11 minutes to play in regulation and the Flames wasted no time in cutting the Sharks lead to two. Ten seconds after Rivet was sent off, Flames forward Daymond Langkow made it 4-2.

Alex Tanguay made a tape-to-tape feed to Langkow who was camped out in front of Nabokov and the crafty forward one-timed the puck past Nabokov.

David moss added a late tally with 1:17 left in regulation with Kiprusoff pulled for an extra attacker, but it did not affect the outcome as San Jose prevailed 4-3.

Game 6 will be in Calgary at 5 p.m. PST and will be carried on CSN Bay Area, 98.5 KFOX and

From the AP Wire

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Patrick Marleau and Jonathan Cheechoo are making up for their regular-season troubles with some clutch postseason play. That has the San Jose Sharks one win away from a fourth straight trip to the second round of the playoffs.

Marleau scored the tiebreaking goal late in the second period and Cheechoo added two goals in the third that sent the Sharks to a 4-3 victory over the Flames on Thursday night and a 3-2 lead in their first-round series.

San Jose Sharks' Jonathan Cheechoo, foreground, celebrates after scoring a goal against the Calgary Flames in the third period in Game 5 of an NHL hockey Western Conference playoff series, Thursday, April 17, 2008, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

"It's just nice to contribute," said Cheechoo, whose 23 regular-season goals were his fewest since his rookie year in 2002-03. "In the postseason, everybody has to contribute in their own way, whether it be on the scoresheet or defensively blocking a shot. Whatever it may be, it's time to lay all the cards down."

Joe Pavelski also scored and Evgeni Nabokov made 33 saves for the Sharks, who can wrap the series up by winning Game 6 in Calgary on Sunday. The series would return to the Shark Tank, if necessary, for Game 7 next Tuesday.

"You're probably not going to win too many series if you don't string at least a couple together," Marleau said. "We were fortunate to get one tonight. The next one is going to be the toughest."

The Sharks hoped to pick up where they left off when they scored two goals in the final 5 minutes to win Game 4 in Calgary to even the series.

But they were outplayed early, falling behind 1-0 when Jarome Iginla scored on a two-man advantage early in the second period. Nabokov made sure the deficit wasn't worse, turning aside 26 shots in the first two periods after facing only 10 in Game 4.

"That was a lot better tonight than the last game," Iginla said. "Unfortunately we didn't get it done tonight, but we're going to do more of the same and go regroup and just get ready for Game 6. We really believe we can get Game 6 and we come back here for Game 7."

Nabokov's early play gave the Sharks' skaters time to find their stride, and they outplayed the Flames for the second half of the game. Marleau drew a hooking penalty against Stephane Yelle that set up Pavelski's tying power-play goal midway through the second period against Miikka Kiprusoff.

Marleau then came through himself when he took a pass from Joe Thornton and beat Kiprusoff with a wrist shot into the top of the net. That made it 2-1 with 1:53 remaining in the second period. That was Marleau's 22 second postseason goal since the 2004 playoffs, one behind Iginla for most in the NHL in that period.

"Patty was doing everything: forechecking, backchecking, winning faceoffs," coach Ron Wilson said. "He scored a great goal that gave us a chance to breathe a bit going into the third period. ... Patty's leading by example. You can't ask for anything more."

San Jose Sharks' Joe Pavelski, right, celebrates in front of Calgary Flames' Robyn Regehr, of Brazil, after scoring a goal in the second period in Game 5 of an NHL hockey Western Conference playoff series, Thursday, April 17, 2008, in San Jose, Calif. The Sharks won 4-3. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Marleau's leadership and big-game ability were questioned when he went scoreless with a minus-5 rating in the Sharks' six-game second-round loss to Detroit a year ago. He struggled through the first half of the regular season and finished with his fewest goals in eight years.

The Sharks captain has answered those questions this postseason, with the toughness he showed bouncing back from a crushing hit by Calgary's Cory Sarich in Game 3, and the clutch play that gave the Sharks their first lead in the series.

"There were a lot of questions whether he could come back after the hit," Pavelski said. "But he stood up right after and wanted to get right back on the ice. That's our leader. He knew we need Patty at his best and he's been at his best. He's scoring big goals, setting up big goals."

Cheechoo's two goals in the third put it away, with his second coming off a nice pass from Marleau on a two-on-one break that made it 4-1 at the 8:22 mark.

Daymond Langkow scored 9 seconds into a power-play about a minute later for Calgary and David Moss added a goal with 1:17 to play. But this three-goal deficit was too much for the Flames to overcome.

They had done it once already in the series, after falling behind 3-0 early in Game 3. But the series that seemed in their control up until the final minutes of Game 4 is now slipping away. Calgary hasn't won a playoff series since beating the Sharks in the Western Conference finals in 2004.

"It's our turn to come back in the series," coach Mike Keenan said. "We have to come back and tie it and at the same time face elimination."

The Flames responded to their Game 4 loss by putting one more shot on goal (11) in the first period than they had in the entire game Tuesday. Calgary's best scoring chance came when Iginla skated in on a two-on-one and fired a shot that Nabokov deflected and then swept off the goal line with his stick after it had trickled past him.

Notes: Kiprusoff made 22 saves. ... Dion Phaneuf had been on the ice for seven straight Sharks goals before Marleau's tally. ... Calgary D Anders Eriksson got his first action of the postseason, replacing David Hale in the lineup.

scoring summary
1st Period
2nd Period
PPG - Jarome Iginla (3) ASST: Kristian Huselius (2), Dion Phaneuf (2)
1 - 0 CGY
PPG - Joe Pavelski (2) ASST: Christian Ehrhoff (1), Craig Rivet (2)
1 - 1 Tie
Patrick Marleau (2) ASST: Joe Thornton (5), Brian Campbell (2)
2 - 1 SJS
3rd Period
Jonathan Cheechoo (2) ASST: Joe Pavelski (4), Ryane Clowe (4)
3 - 1 SJS
Jonathan Cheechoo (3) ASST: Patrick Marleau (4)
4 - 1 SJS
PPG - Daymond Langkow (2) ASST: Alex Tanguay (3), Dion Phaneuf (3)
4 - 2 SJS
David Moss (1) ASST: Jarome Iginla (5), Craig Conroy (1)
4 - 3 SJS
penalty summary
1st Period
Christian Ehrhoff  Tripping against  Owen Nolan
Torrey Mitchell  Tripping against  Adrian Aucoin
Adrian Aucoin  Holding against  Joe Pavelski
2nd Period
Ryane Clowe  Roughing against  Jarome Iginla
Torrey Mitchell  Hooking against  Owen Nolan
Wayne Primeau  Slashing against  Milan Michalek
Stephane Yelle  Hooking against  Patrick Marleau
3rd Period
Craig Rivet  Holding the stick against  Craig Conroy
goalie stats
Miikka Kiprusoff
Miikka Kiprusoff
SA: 26TOI: 58:52
Saves: 22EV: 19 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
SV%: .846SH: 1 - 1
Evgeni Nabokov
SA: 36TOI: 60:00
Saves: 33EV: 29 - 30
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 5
SV%: .917SH: 1 - 1
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