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Sharks Win Game 7. Flames Are Out.

Posted 23 Apr 2008 — by admin
Category Game 7, Loss, Out Of The Playoffs, Playoffs, Road, Western Conference

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San Jose..5

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.
Flames Sharks Hockey
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.

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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.

Scoring Summary

1st Period
SJS: Thornton A: Cheechoo, Roenick
CGY: Iginla A: Aucoin, Phaneuf

2nd Period
CGY: Nolan A: Huselius, Conroy
SJS: Roenick A: Ehrhoff
SJS: Roenick A: Campbell, Rivet
SJS: Pavelski A: Grier, Efrhoff
SJS: Setiguchi A: Roenick

3rd Period
CGY: Primeau A: Moss, Aucoin

Conference Semi-Finals are Taking Shape

Posted 21 Apr 2008 — by admin
Category Playoffs, Round 1, Western Conference

The next round of the Stanley Cup playoffs are starting to shape up. Two more teams are out and 2 more teams have earned a spot in the 2nd round of the playoffs after their wins yesterday.
The defending Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks and the Nashville Predators are out, while the Dallas Stars and the Red Wings are in.

Detroit capitalized on 2 bouncing pucks to beat Nashville Predators goalie Dan Ellis and clinch their Western Conference Quarterfinal series 4-2. The #8 seeded Predators gave the #1 seeded Red Wings some opposition throughout the series, but luck was not on their side tonight as they could not stave off elimination, losing 3-0. After the game, the Nashville fans gave their team a buoying round of applause. It was good to see in a market where hockey is not as well known.

The Dallas – Anaheim game was somewhat gratifying to watch. It’s not that I don’t like Teemu Selanne and Scott Niedermeyer. In fact it’s the opposite. I respect them and was happy to see them both lift the Stanley Cup over their head last season. I just don’t agree with the way they sat out most of this season ‘contemplating’ retirement only to return with 20 games left.

The real reason I wanted Anaheim out is Todd Bertuzzi. I loathe what Bertuzzi has become – a rental goon who takes a contract with whatever team he thinks has the best chance at winning the Stanley Cup. Bertuzzi is a guy that -IMHO- does not deserve to win the Stanley Cup and should take an early retirement and disappear.

So to watch the Dallas Stars drop Anaheim in 6 games was very gratifying. I enjoyed watching the change in momentum in Game 6 when Stephane Robidas scored early in the 3rd period to tie the game. I also enjoyed watching him set up the game-winning goal a few minutes later. The best part of watching the end of the game was seeing Mike Modano leisurely skating with the puck towards an empty net to cap off their 4-1 victory.

In case you’ve been living under a rock for the last 3 weeks, the other teams that have advanced to round 2 of the playoffs are: Pittsburgh Penguins, NY Rangers, and Colorado Avalanche. The Boston-Montreal series will be decided in game 7 tonight, and Philadelphia Flyers also have a chance to put away the Washington Capitals tonight with a win in game 6.

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.
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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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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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San Jose..3

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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

CuJo Backstops Flames to 4-3 Comeback Victory

Posted 13 Apr 2008 — by admin
Category Flames, Playoffs, Western Conference, Win, comeback, home

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San Jose..3

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You might think that you’d been sent back to the 1990’s if you looked at the 3 Stars of this game. Curtis Joseph…. Owen Nolan…. what year is it anyways?

But the Calgary Flames veterans came up huge in game 3 to salvage an early 3-0 deficit and lead the Flames to a 4-3 victory. CuJo stopped all 22 shots he faced, and Nolan scored the game winner with 3:45 left in the 3rd period.

The San Jose Sharks silenced a roudy Saddledome crowd by scoring 3 goals in the first 3:33 of the first period. The ever-pesty Ryan Clowe scored first, and then set up Patrick Marleau for his first goal of the post-season. Douglas murray added the 3rd goal 14 seconds after Marleau’s.

That was enough for Flames coach Mike Keenan to pull Miikka Kiprusoff and put in CuJo. This situation is exactly the reason the Flames picked up CuJo in the first place. The playoffs are no time to pull Kipper and put in some no-name second-rate goalie. In the playoffs, you need to have somebody that can play.

And CuJo showed that he can still play! He shutout the Sharks for 56 minutes and 27 seconds, and was all smiles in his post game interview. If anyone had their doubts about the Flames goaltending team, they should be pretty sure now.

Scoring Summary

1st Period
SJS: Clowe A: Thornton
SJS: Marleau A: Clowe, Pavelski
SJS: Murray A: Cheechoo, Thornton
CGY:Iginla A: Phaneuf, Aucoin

2nd Period
CGY: Langkow A:Iginla, Nolan

3rd Period
CGY: Phaneuf A: Huselius, Nolan
CGY: Nolan A: Tanguay, Sarich

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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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

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

Colorado wins, Flames face Sharks in Round 1

Posted 06 Apr 2008 — by admin
Category Eastern Conference, Playoffs, Western Conference

The Colorado Avalanche scored on 2-of-2 shots in the shootout to beat the Minnesota Wild 4-3 tonight. With the win, Colorado moves ahead of Calgary to claim 6th place in the Western Conference. As 7th place seed, Calgary will match-up against the San Jose Sharks in round one.

Here are the other matchups in the Playoffs:

Western Conference:
Detroit (1) vs Nashville (8)
San Jose (2) vs Calgary (7)
Minnesota (3) vs Colorado (6)
Anaheim (4) vs Dallas (5)

EasternConference:
Montreal (1) vs Boston (8)
Pittsburgh (2) vs Ottawa (7)
Washington (3) vs Philadelphia (6)
New Jersey (4) vs NY Rangers (5)

Flames Head to Playoffs on a Win

Posted 05 Apr 2008 — by admin
Category Northwest Division, Road, Vancouver Canucks, Western Conference, Win

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Jarome Iginla netted his 50th goal of the season as the Calgary flames rolled to a 7-1 victory in Vancouver for their final game of the season. Iginla double, and triple-shifted with almost every line on the team, and eventually got his 50th on a close-in shot. He added 2 assists to bring his season total to a career-high 98 points.

The win puts Calgary temporarily in 6th spot in the Western Conference, pending the result of the Minnesota-Colorado game tomorrow night.

After the game, the Canucks held a skate-around ceremony for Trevor Linden who is expected to retire soon. Calgary Captain Jarome Iginla lead the whole team (some of whom came back onto the ice from the dressing room) to shake hands with Linden.

Scoring Summary

1st Period
CGY: Moss A: Nystrom
VAN: Ritchie A:Rypien
CGY: Huselius A: Lombardi, Regehr
CGY: Nystrom A: Moss

2nd Period
CGY: Boyd A: Iginla, Hale

3rd Period
CGY: Tanguay A: Langkow, Iginla
CGY: Iginla (50) A: Nystrom, Primeau
CGY: Nystrom A: Primeau