No really, with the exception of a few shining moments, the Sharks did suck big time tonight. Their horrible play definitely helped the Calgary Flames to a 4-1 victory at home.
The win was a great one for the team, and especially for Miikka Kiprusoff, who made his return to the ice after nursing an injury sustained when Detoit’s Johan Franzen ran him into the net on February 5. Kipper was stellar in the win tonight, and had 28 saves to lead his team to the win.
Kipper showed some of his vintage form over a 3 minute period in the third period when San Jose opened-up a shooting gallery while down 3-1 late in the game. Kipper was a rock in net, and robbed a few different Sharks players from what looked like sure goals.
Calgary started the scoring in the first period when Roman Cervenka scored his 3rd goal of the season on a rebound. Joe Thornton tied it for San Jose in the 2nd period with his 5th of the year.
Then the Flames opened it up. Over the span of 99 seconds, Calgary scored twice to take a 3-1 lead. First, Blake Comeau snapped a shot past San Jose backup goalie Thomas Greiss, then Jarome Iginla found himself all alone in the slot after a Sharks’ giveaway and made no mistake with a wrister just inside the post. Jiri Hudler had the assist on Iggy’s goal and it was his 6th point in the past 3 games.
Curtis Glencross added an empty net goal to make it a 4-1 final.
Calgary now heads out on the road for a 3-game road trip in California, including an unusual, back-to-back set of games in LA on Saturday an Monday.
On a more somber note, Canadian music legend, Stompin’ Tom Connors passed away tonight at the age of 77. He was most well known for The Hockey Song, and will be missed by Canadians and hockey fans around the world.