The San Jose Sharks capitalized on two of three shootout attempts to seal a come-from-behind, 2-1 win over the Calgary Flames tonight. Both Michael Handzus and Brent Burns beat Miikka Kiprusoff, while Antti Niemi stopped Jarome Iginla and Michael Cammalleri in the shootout.
After a scoreless first period, Chris Butler finally found the back of the net for his 2nd goal of the season midway through the second. It was an absolute laser of a slap shot that beat Sharks goalie Niemi to give the Flames a 1-0 lead.
The 1-0 lead stood until the middle of the third period when Torrey Mitchell put a rebound past Kipper into the Flames net. The rest of the third period was a hard-fought battle with many chances for both teams, but Niemi and Kiprusoff proved to be better and sent the game to overtime.
In the extra frame, the Flames dodged a bullet when a goaltender interference call negated a San Jose goal. After the Sharks piled out on the ice to celebrate, the refs conferred for a few seconds and called off the goal. But it would prove to be of little importance as the Sharks would eventually beat the Flames in the shootout.
Of note in the match was an upper body injury suffered by Curtis Glencross who left the game and did not return. This is a serious blow to the Flames because Scoreface has been very hot lately and leads the team with 18 goals. They have struggled to find the back of the net recently so this will certainly not be a good thing for Calgary.
The Flames continue their road trip with a game in LA on Thursday.