The first two periods between Calgary and San Jose produced only a single goal, scored by Calgary’s Roman Hamrlik off a nice feed from Jarome Iginla midway through the 2nd period. Both teams were well matched and played hard, and eventually, San Jose’s Grant Stevenson netted the Shark’s first goal 1:31 into the third period, tying the game at 1-1.
Robyn Regehr scored his 2nd goal of the season 11:14 into the 3rd period to put the Flames ahead 2-1. It was a goal that San Jose goalie Evgeni Nabokov will definitely want back. Instead of blocking Regehr’s low shot with either his stick or his pads, he chose to bend over and try to catch it in his glove hand. Oops!! It bounced under his hand and into the net. Too Bad! Maybe next time.
Tony Amonte added some insurance for the Flames, whacking a loose puck into the wide open San Jose goal 5 minutes later. The Sharks pressed late in the 3rd period hoping to get two late goals, but could only manage one. With 6 seconds remaining in the game, San Jose crashed the net, and defenceman Tom Preissing managed to put the puck past Miikka Kiprusoff.
But it was too little, too late, and Calgary held on for the 3-2 victory. With the win they moved back into a first place tie with Vancouver atop the Northwest Division.
For his hard work along the boards, Craig MacDonald was tonight’s winner of the Golden Hardhat
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