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Flames End Sharks 11-Month Home Win Streak

Posted 16 Jan 2009 — by admin
Category Conroy, Langkow, Phaneuf, Road, San Jose Sharks, Win

Dion Phaneuf chose the perfect time to end his 25-game goal drought and hand the San Jose Sharks their first regulation loss at home in 11 months. Phaneuf’s goal, with 3:57 left in the 3rd period, gave the Calgary Flames a 3-2 victory in a playoff-like game between the 2 division leaders.

Calgary came from behind twice after Ryan Clowe and Joe Thornton scored for the Sharks to make it 1-0 and 2-1 respectively.

Clowe’s goal came just 60 seconds into the first period, but unlike the last time the Flames played in San Jose, they did not lose their focus and stayed in the game. The Flames played a good game for much of the first period including killing a tough 5-on-3 penalty and were eventually rewarded when Craig Conroy scored 2:02 into the 2nd period to tie the game at 1-1.

Joe Thornton’s goal a few minutes later re-gained the lead for the sharks, but the lead was short-lived as Daymond Langkow scored his 5th goal in 5 games to tie the game at 2-2.

Though both teams had chances – Thornton hit both posts on a bullet of a shot from the slot in the 3rd period – it was Daymond Langkow that set up the winning goal by Dion Phaneuf late in the 3rd period.

Langkow, who has been very hot lately, worked the puck to Phaneuf who was pinching down from the point as the Flames pressed in the offensive zone. Phaneuf’s shot deflected off Sharks Defender Marc-Edouard Vlasic’s stick and past Evgeni Nabokov to seal the victory for the visiting Calgary Flames.

The Win ended the Sharks 11-month regular season home-win streak that dates back to Feb 14th of 2008. It was also the 2nd victory in-a-row for the Flames against the Sharks and de-throned the Sharks as the #1 team in the NHL. With a win tonight in Long Island, the Boston Bruins pushed past the Sharks and became the first team to hit 70 points this season.

The win was hard-earned for the Flames who have won 9 of their last 10 games and 11 of their last 13. They now have a 9-point lead on top of the NW division, and are in the top 5 teams in the league thanks to their hot play as of late.

Flames Defenceman Robyn Regehr’s play must be mentioned here, as he put in another solid performance against one of the most potently-offensive teams in the league. Regehr’s consistent play against the best players in the league has been one of the big factors in the Flames success this season. For a guy who doesn’t seem to get the recognition he deserves, Regehr continues to show up game-after-game and keeps his team in the lead when it counts most. His play tonight was an excellent example of why he’s one of the best defencemen in the NHL.

Flames vs. San Jose Sharks Highlights

Posted 14 Nov 2008 — by admin
Category Highlights, Loss, San Jose Sharks

Sharks Beat Flames With 4 Powerplay Goals

Posted 13 Nov 2008 — by admin
Category Cammalleri, Loss, Road, San Jose Sharks

It was a points bonanza for the San Jose Sharks tonight as they capitalized on 4 powerplays to beat the Flames 6-1 in the Shark Tank. Milan Michalek and Joe Pavelski had 2 goals apiece, and Rob Blake, Christian Erhoff and Dan Boyle each had 3 assists.

The game would have been a lot different if the Flames had not allowed 4 goals in the first period, including 3 on the powerplay. But it was evident in the first period which team came out to play. The Sharks dominated the game for the first 20 minutes, peppering Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff with 20 shots en route to 45 total shots in the game. The Sharks set a club record in their previous game with 57 shots.

Flames coach Mike Keenan pulled Kiprusoff after the first period and replaced him with backup goaltender Curtis McElhinney. Kipper allowed 4 goals but they were not really his fault. Three goals were scored on 2nd chances that could have gone the other way. San Jose was very fortunate tonight as they got all the right bounces. More than once, they ended up with the puck on their sticks while looking at an open net… and didn’t disappoint their fans.

San Jose goaltender Brian Boucher had his shutout broken when Mike Cammalleri scored the lone goal for the Flames on the powerplay halfway through the 3rd period.

This was the first match between the Flame and the Sharks since San Jose knocked the Flames out of the Playoffs last season. The win was the 10th of the season at home for the Sharks and keeps them in first place in the NHL with 29 points.

the Flames now have 4 days off before a home-and-away series against the Colorado Avalanche.

Flames Shutout Sharks, Force Game 7

Posted 20 Apr 2008 — by admin
Category Flames, Playoffs, San Jose Sharks, Western Conference, Win, home

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San Jose..0

Facing elimination in the first round of the playoffs for the 3rd year in a row, the Calgary Flames came out and earned themselves a 7th game with a 2-0 shutout of the San Jose Sharks.
Sharks Flames Hockey
Miikka Kiprusoff made 21 saves for his 6th career playoff shutout, and Owen Nolan and Daymond Langkow scored for the Flames who will head south to California to battle for a spot in round 2 of the playoffs.

The question of secondary scoring and ‘character’ players still lingers for the Flames, but several players came up with big games tonight. The most notable performance was Matthew Lombardi, who harassed the Sharks with his speed all game and had a great scoring chance halfway through the 3rd period. He also blocked a key shot late in the game, and it was obvious that it stung him. Lombardi stayed on and continued to grit it out till the Flames could clear the zone and get a line change. When he made it to the bench, Lombardi was peppered with hi-fives and cheers from his teammates.

Much discussion has surrounded San Jose Head Coach Doug Wilson and his constant line changing. But Calgary coach Mike Keenan also mixed up his lines tonight. Jim Vandermeer was used almost exclusively as a forward during the game, and he did well with it, causing trouble in front of the Sharks net whenever he was in the offensive zone.

The difference between San Jose and Calgary tonight was heart. This type of play will need to continue on Tuesday night when the Sharks and Flames meet for game 7. Jarome Iginla said it perfectly in the post-game interviews, “We’re going to need the same type of effort and be more determined. They’re going to be desperate like we were tonight and both teams are facing it now.”

Scoring Summary

1st Period
CGY: Owen Nolan A: Huselius, Regehr

2nd Period
CGY: Langkow A: Tanguay, Eriksson

3rd Period
no scoring

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Sharks Hold On for 4-3 Win, Series Lead

Posted 17 Apr 2008 — by admin
Category Loss, Playoffs, Road, San Jose Sharks, Western Conference

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San Jose..4

Flames Sharks Hockey
Jonathan Cheechoo has been pretty silent in the first 3 games of the series, but he’s come back in game 4 and 5 to become a Flames fan’s worst nightmare. Tonight Cheechoo scored 2 goals in the 3rd period to give San Jose the victory and a 3-2 series lead.

Cheechoo received some help from Ryane Clowe (who’s been solid throughout the series) and Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau who now seem to be playing the kind of hockey they’re getting paid to play. Thornton and Marleau had slow starts to this series, but have now both begun to contribute offensively.

After a scoreless first period, Calgary opened the scoring when Jarome Iginla capitalized on a 5-on-3 powerplay shot to beat Evgeni Nabokov for his 3rd goal of the playoffs.

Calgary also received 3rd period goals from Daymond Langkow and David Moss, but 3 was not enough tonight as they lost their 2nd game in a row and are now facing elimination in game 6 on Sunday.

Scoring Summary

1st Period
No Scoring

2nd Period
CGY: Iginla A: Huselius, Phaneuf
SJS: Pavelski A: Erhoff, Rivet
SJS: Marleau A: Thornton, Campbell

3rd Period
SJS: Cheechoo A: Pavelski, Clowe
SJS: Cheechoo A: Marleau
CGY: Langkow A: Tanguay, Phaneuf
CGY: Moss A: Iginla, Conroy

Sharks Stage Late Comeback to Down Flames 3-2

Posted 15 Apr 2008 — by admin
Category Loss, Playoffs, San Jose Sharks, Western Conference, home

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After leading his team in scoring and points through the regular season, Joe Thornton had a cold start to the playoffs. His game winning goal with 10 seconds left in the 3rd period might just change all that. Thornton also added an assist to help the San Jose Sharks regain home ice advantage in the series with a 3-2 victory.

Calgary began the game with a furious pace and lots of pressure in San Jose’s end, but it didn’t amount to all that much on the stats board. Though they couldn’t muster any more than 2 shots on goal in the first period, they still came out ahead 1-0 on Jarome Iginla’s 2nd goal of the post season.

The absolute pest of a Shark, Ryane Clowe tied the game at 1-1 with a powerplay goal midway through the 2nd period when he tipped a Patrick Marleau shot around Miikka Kiprusoff.

Calgary answered with just over a minute to play in the 2nd, when Jarome Iginla won a faceoff in San Jose’s end and fed Dion Phaneuf for his 3rd goal of the playoffs.

The Flames managed to hold the 1-goal lead until the 15 minute mark of the 3rd period when Jonathan Cheechoo beat Kipper with a lucky (but effective) shot over the shoulder from a very sharp angle. This goal was the turning point of the game and gave the Sharks all the momentum. They kept pressing, and with a tired Calgary defense pinned in their own end, they got the go-ahead goal with only 10 seconds to play.

It was a crushing defeat for the Calgary Flames (and their fans!) who now head to San Jose tied at 2-2. A 3-1 lead – and home ice advantage – would have meant a different series altogether… but when have the Flames ever taken the easy road?!!

This series promises to be an entertaining one for the remaining 3 games, and I may have to call in sick to watch the rest of the games.

Scoring Summary

1st Period
CGY: Iginla A: Langkow, Tanguay

2nd Period
SJS: Clowe A: Marleau, Thornton
CGY: Phaneuf A: Iginla

3rd Period
SJS: Cheechoo A: Pavelski, Setoguchi
SJS: Thornton A: Murray, Clowe

Nabokov Shuts Flames Out. Series tied at 1-1

Posted 10 Apr 2008 — by admin
Category Flames, Game 2, Loss, Playoffs, Road, Round 1, San Jose Sharks, Western Conference

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San Jose..2

As I was working late tonight, I missed the game.
Here’s the recap from NHL.com:

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -Evgeni Nabokov made sure the Sharks left San Jose with something to show for all those shots in their first two playoff games.

Nabokov made 21 saves in his sixth career postseason shutout, and rookie Torrey Mitchell scored a power-play goal in the Sharks’ 2-0 victory over the Calgary Flames on Thursday night, evening their first-round series at a game apiece.

Joe Pavelski also scored an early goal for the second-seeded Sharks, who outshot the penalty-prone Flames by a huge margin – 43-21 this time – for the second time in 24 hours.

Calgary beat San Jose in Game 1 on Wednesday night 3-2 despite a 16-shot disadvantage and a home sellout crowd expecting big things from the NHL’s second-best regular season team.

Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 41 shots for the seventh-seeded Flames, who labored on the penalty-kill for nearly 10 minutes of the second period, in which San Jose outshot Calgary 27-3 – but didn’t score until Mitchell’s goal in the waning seconds of that power-play time.

Game 3 is in Calgary on Sunday. San Jose was the NHL’s best road team this season.

Nabokov, the All-Star who led the NHL with 46 regular-season victories while appearing all but five of the Sharks’ 82 games, repeatedly used his cat-quick glove hand to dramatic effect.

Nabokov made his most uncanny save with 4:51 to play after a sharp Calgary pass left him out of position to stop former Sharks captain Owen Nolan’s shot on an open net. Nabokov somehow leaned across the crease and blindly gloved the puck, leaving Nolan chewing on his mouthpiece in disbelief.

San Jose again peppered Kiprusoff with a constant barrage of shots, using its big advantages in speed and skill to keep the Flames on the defensive – or forcing them to commit penalties, including six consecutive calls in the second period. But most of the Sharks’ shots went straight at the Calgary goalie, who really wasn’t tested as much as Nabokov despite San Jose’s 2-to-1 advantage in shots.

After a scoreless, tight-checking opening period featuring two stunning saves by Nabokov, the Sharks took their first lead of the series when Marc-Edouard Vlasic’s shot bounced off the boards behind the Calgary net and went to Pavelski, whose tricky shot slipped underneath Kiprusoff.
Calgary then took its long string of penalties, keeping San Jose on the power play for 9:52 in the second period, including two full minutes of fruitless 5-on-3 advantage. Mitchell finally scored with 9 seconds left in the final power play, slapping home a rebound on the Sharks’ 26th shot of the period.

San Jose then was hit with three straight penalties in about 10 minutes to open the third, but Nabokov and his penalty-killers stopped everything. Calgary took two more penalties in the final minutes to make Nabokov’s shutout a bit easier.

Scoring Summary

1st Period
No Scoring

2nd Period
SJS: Pavelski A: Vlasic, Marleau
SJS: Mitchell A: Michalek, Rivet

3rd Period
No Scoring

Yelle Nets 2 as Flames Take Game 1

Posted 10 Apr 2008 — by admin
Category Flames, Game 1, Playoffs, Road, Round 1, San Jose Sharks, Win

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San Jose..2

Kiprusoff Stops Another Shot
Two-time Stanley Cup winner, Stephane Yelle, scored 2 goals, including the game-winner to give the Calgary Flames a big victory in game 1 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series.

Yelle opened the series scoring just 2:47 into the first period by deflecting a point shot from Robyn Regehr . He added the game-winner at 16:21 of the 2nd period when he knocked in a rebound when Jarome Iginla drove deep on Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov. Both of Yelle’s goals were reviewed by the NHL goal-judges in the video-replay-room in Toronto, but each time they were ruled as legitimate goals.

Dion Phaneuf also tallied a Powerplay goal early in the first period to put the Flames up 2-0. Phaneuf will be a key player for the Flames in this series with his physical and offensive play. He is already being targetted by the Sharks and received one good hit from Patrick Rissmiller. Phaneuf played a physical game tonight, but unlike he had done in past playoffs, he managed to maintain his cool and not make defensive errors while looking for the ‘monster hit’.

Physical was the name of the game, with a total of 77 hits being delivered. Calgary was lead by veteran Owan Nolan (6 hits), while Ryan Clowe lead the Sharks with 7 hits. Not surprisingly, there were only 5 penalties in the game as both teams refrained from losing their cool.

One player to keep an eye on is Ryan Clowe. He scored both goals for San Jose tonight and was a big presence on the ice for the Sharks. After missing the majority of the season with a knee injury, he was on a rampage in game 1 and found the back of the Flames net twice.

The Flames were outshot 39-23, but Miikka Kiprusoff came up big for the Flames again. He played a very aggressive game and stopped shot-after-shot from a potently offensive Sharks team. Kipper will be a key to Calgary’s success (or lack of it) in this series.

Look for game 2 tonight to be another physical game.

Scoring Summary

1st Period
CGY: Yelle A: Regehr
CGY: Phaneuf A: Langkow, Iginla
SJS: Clowe A: Marleau, Pavelski

2nd Period
CGY: Yelle A: Iginla

3rd Period
SJS: Clowe A: Thornton, Campbell

Round 1 Playoff Schedule

Posted 07 Apr 2008 — by admin
Category Flames, Playoffs, San Jose Sharks, Western Conference

San Jose vs. Calgary

Wed., April 9, 2008……..8:00PM……….Calgary at San Jose
Thurs., April 10, 2008…..8:00 PM……….Calgary at San Jose
Sun,. April 13, 2008……..8:00 PM………San Jose at Calgary
Tues., April 15, 2008…….8:00 PM………San Jose at Calgary
Thurs., April 17, 2008……8:00 PM………Calgary at San Jose
Sun., April 20, 2008……..TBD……………San Jose at Calgary
Tues., April 22, 2008…….TBD……………Calgary at San Jose

Sharks Defeat Flames in Calgary

Posted 22 Oct 2007 — by admin
Category Loss, San Jose Sharks, Western Conference, home

Calgary….1
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I wasn’t able to watch this game (thank GOD!!) so I’ll just post the highlights above and the scoring summary below.

If you want to read about the game, the NHL.com recap is here.

Mike Keenan’s Post Game Comments

Scoring Summary

1st Period
SJS: Clowe A: Roenick, Thornton

2nd Period
SJS: Michalek
SJS: Bernier A: Rivet, Carle

3rd Period
SJS: Michalek A:Roenick, Erhoff
CGY: Langkow A: Huselius, Phaneuf