The San Jose Sharks only needed 8 minutes and 49 seconds to beat the Calgary Flames. This time it was in the 2nd period, as the San Jose sharks banged 4 unanswered goals into the Flames net to take Game 7 and move on to round 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The unlikely hero for the Sharks was 37 year old Jeremy Roenick, who scored 2 goals and added 2 assists – his only points of the post season so far. Roenick was a healthy scratch in game 6, which might have helped his motivation.
Or it might have just been a lucky shot that got his confidence up.
Indeed, that’s what it looked like when the CBC replayed his first goal – the 2-2 tying goal – over and over again. Roenick’s shot from the point squeaked under Miikka Kiprusoff’s stick after it looked like it was about to be deflected in front of the net. Kipper flinched and moved his stick a half inch and that was enough for the puck to find the 5 hole and the back of the net.
Roenick’s 2nd goal was the beginning of the unravelling of the Flames season. He scored a nice goal on a rebound on the powerplay, and from that point, Calgary could not get any momentum back.
Joe Pavelski scored another goal 4 minutes later and Flames coach Mike Keenan decided to pull Miikka Kiprusoff for the 2nd time in the series. The plan backfired though, as Curtis Joseph let in another goal on his 2nd shot of the game.
The Flames pressed immediately after goal #5, but they did not have enough to come back from another 3-goal defecit. Flames 4th liner Wayne Primeau added a goal for the Flames 5 minutes in to period 3, but it was all for nothing, as the series ended just as most people had predicted – with the San Jose Sharks moving to round 2, and the Calgary Flames tuning up their golf clubs.
Calgary captain Jarome Iginla scored a goal, as did Owen Nolan.
SJS: Thornton A: Cheechoo, Roenick
CGY: Iginla A: Aucoin, Phaneuf
CGY: Nolan A: Huselius, Conroy
SJS: Roenick A: Ehrhoff
SJS: Roenick A: Campbell, Rivet
SJS: Pavelski A: Grier, Efrhoff
SJS: Setiguchi A: Roenick
CGY: Primeau A: Moss, Aucoin