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No answers for Flames in Game 2
Lifeless performance rewarded with 2-0 deficit
5/11/04 - by Mike Lee

Winning the Stanley Cup takes plenty of hard work and a little bit of luck. The Sharks misfired on both angles Tuesday night as the Calgary Flames rolled to a 4-1 win at HP Pavilion, taking a commanding 2-0 lead in the Western Conference Finals. The absence of any Shark luck was on display from the game's first shot on goal, a Marcus Nilson slapper from the top of the right circle 20 seconds into the contest that bounced off two Sharks before finding the back of the net. The Flames used the goal to inspire an in your face effort the remainder of the period, which resulted in another goal and an insurmountable lead.

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1 2 3 T
CGY 2 0 2 4
SJ 0 1 0 1
1st period - CGY, M. NILSON (2) (S. DONOVAN, S. MONTADOR), 00:20 CGY, S. DONOVAN (4) (V. NIEMINEN, M. NILSON), 10:35
2nd period - S.J, A. MCCAULEY (1) (N. EKMAN, R. DAVISON), 05:26
3rd period - CGY, V. NIEMINEN (3) , 12:35 CGY, J. IGINLA (7) (M. GELINAS, R. REGEHR), 13:19
1st period - CGY, C. CLARK, 11:41 - Hooking S.J, V. DAMPHOUSSE, 11:59 - Hi stick S.J, V. DAMPHOUSSE, 15:12 - Tripping CGY, O. SAPRYKIN, 15:12 - Hooking - Obstruction
2nd period - CGY, C. SIMON, 02:40 - Cross check S.J, N. DIMITRAKOS, 06:50 - Elbowing CGY, C. SIMON, 14:53 - Roughing
3rd period - CGY, C. KOBASEW, 17:01 - Slashing S.J, V. DAMPHOUSSE, 17:01 - Hi stick S.J, V. DAMPHOUSSE, 17:01 - Roughing
  Shots Saves
CGY - Kiprusoff 18 17
SJ - Nabokov 20 16
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
CGY 8 6 6 20
SJ 4 8 6 18
Power Play Conversion
CGY 0 of 3
SJ 0 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
Shean Donovan
Ville Nieminen
Marcus Nilson
The Sharks were stunned by Nilson's goal and it took them a period to recover. By that time, the contest had been decided. While the Sharks were trying to find answers, the Flames were driving the fork deeper into the Sharks.

Calgary converted on another defensive lapse by the Sharks midway through the period when former Shark forward Shean Donovan took a Ville Nieminen pass just inside the Flames blueline and raced up the ice untouched after slipping past Brad Stuart. Donovan sauntered up the ice, then undressed Evgeni Nabokov before slipping the puck into the Sharks net for a 2-0 lead.

Calgary spent the rest of the period dominating play by controlling the puck for much of the period. Every glimmer of light seemed to be wiped out in one way or another. A power play opportunity a minute after Donovan's goal was nullified by a Vincent Damphousse high sticking penalty 18 seconds into the Sharks man advantage.

Niko Dimitrakos had an odd man rush nullified when Damphousse was whistled for tripping Oleg Sprykin, who coincidentally was sent to the box on the same play for hooking Damphousse.

San Jose cut into Calgary's lead early in the 2nd period, when Alyn McCauley ripped his first goal of the playoffs past Miikka Kiprusoff. Nils Ekman setup the play by sliding a centering pass to McCauley from behind the Flames goal. McCauley one timed the pass over Kiprusoff's left shoulder.

That would be as San Jose would get. The intensity level was turned up a notch, but the Sharks couldn't get any sustained pressure on Kiprusoff.

Calgary would ice the game with a pair of goals midway through the 3rd period.

Nieminen started things by snapping a shot from almost the exact same location as Nilson's goal after he carried a turnover in the Flames zone untouched up the right wing boards. The Flames left wing may have fooled Nabokov by looking to pass the puck, but instead fired the shot as Nabokov slid to his left to cover the short side.

Flames captain Jerome Iginla would score from that spot 44 seconds later. Nabokov seemed slow to react to Iginla's shot, which sailed past his right shoulder, hitting the left corner.

Damphousse would add to the Sharks misery by drawing a penalty with just under three minutes to play.

"It's tough to come back from something like that. But we did the hard work to back it up, too. We earned the win." - Marcus Nilson

"We'd be lying if we said this is what we expected, but it's a tremendous bonus. This is definitely the most special season I've had, and it just seems like anything can happen now." - Craig Conroy

"I know from being on the other side of it, you get scored on in the first minute, it's hard. Then you get another one, and it's not that far removed from where they were down 2-0 in Game 1. It trickles back in." - Calgary head coach Darryl Sutter

"We've dug a heck of a hole for ourselves, but it's not impossible to get out. We have to recapture the style of play that made us successful in the first two rounds. Hopefully it will be easier to calm the situation down on the road." - Sharks head coach Ron Wilson

"We didn't do a lot of things we usually do, and they were ready to play. We've chosen to make it tough on ourselves. We have to get back into it the hard way." - Brad Stuart

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