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4 goal 2nd vaults Sharks back home tied
Series knotted at 2-2 after SJ's 4-2 win
5/16/04 - by Mike Lee

The 2-0 lead the Calgary Flames had is no more, and because of some scheduling wackiness, the Sharks have the opportunity to jump out to their first lead in the series on Monday night. San Jose exploded for four 2nd period goals on Sunday to tie the series at two games a piece with a 4-2 win at the Pengrowth Saddledome. The Sharks took advantage of a Calgary attitude implosion and converted on two power plays after the Flames lost their composure and the upper hand in the series.

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1 2 3 T
SJ 0 4 0 4
CGY 0 1 1 2
1st period - NONE
2nd period - S.J, M. RATHJE (1) (T. HARVEY, S. HANNAN), 02:40 CGY, J. IGINLA (8) (M. GELINAS, C. CONROY), 07:55 S.J, J. CHEECHOO (4) , 08:34 S.J, V. DAMPHOUSSE (7) (P. MARLEAU, B. STUART), 10:03 S.J, P. MARLEAU (8) (V. DAMPHOUSSE, M. RATHJE), 18:47
3rd period - CGY, C. SIMON (3) (M. NILSON, J. LEOPOLD), 19:20
1st period - CGY, S. DONOVAN, 04:52 - Hi stick CGY, D. LOWRY, 07:19 - Roughing S.J, S. HANNAN, 07:19 - Roughing S.J, P. MARLEAU, 08:18 - Roughing S.J, J. MARSHALL, 12:12 - Interference S.J, Y. NABOKOV, 17:30 - Elbowing
2nd period - S.J, J. MARSHALL, 04:16 - Roughing CGY, C. SIMON, 08:44 - Roughing CGY, J. LEOPOLD, 11:17 - Hi stick CGY, C. SIMON, 15:19 - Interference CGY, R. REGEHR, 17:12 - Roughing CGY, V. NIEMINEN, 19:18 - Fighting (maj) S.J, J. MARSHALL, 19:18 - Fighting (maj)
3rd period - CGY, M. NILSON, 06:22 - Roughing S.J, V. DAMPHOUSSE, 06:22 - Roughing S.J, N. EKMAN, 07:29 - Hi stick S.J, A. KOROLYUK, 09:23 - Roughing CGY, V. NIEMINEN, 13:39 - Holding S.J, J. MARSHALL, 17:37 - Roughing S.J, R. DAVISON, 18:14 - Cross check CGY, J. IGINLA, 19:52 - Interference - Goaltender CGY, O. SAPRYKIN, 19:52 - Roughing S.J, K. MCLAREN, 19:52 - Roughing S.J, S. THORNTON, 19:52 - Misconduct (10 min) CGY, C. SIMON, 19:52 - Misconduct (10 min)
  Shots Saves
SJ - Nabokov 29 27
CGY - Kiprusoff 16 12
CGY - Turek 3 3
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 6 10 3 19
CGY 4 9 16 29
Power Play Conversion
SJ 2 of 6
CGY 1 of 8
3 Stars of the Game
Patrick Marleau
Vincent Damphousse
Jonathan Cheechoo
After Calgary's antics in Game 3 the Sharks were prepared for the rough stuff, and they made sure the Flames understood it. Mike Rathje, the recipient of a Chris Simon right cross in Game 3 repaid the Flames with his first goal of the playoffs to kick things off. Rathje unloaded on a deflection in the slot that whipped past Miikka Kiprusoff's left arm after the Sharks pinballed two shots down low.

Wayne Primeau bounced a shot off Todd Harvey just outside the right post, but the puck kicked through the slot to Scott Hannan on the left wing boards. Hannan tried to get a shot on goal but a Flames defensemen blocked the shot, deflecting it out to the slot for Rathje.

The Flames knotted the game up five minutes later when Iginla scored on a deflection after both teams turned up the intensity Martin Gelinas did all the work, driving to the net and tying up Harvey as Iginla snapped a shot into the slot from a tight angle. The shot found a seam before Harvey swept the puck into the goal with his own skate.

The wheels would come off Calgary's wagon moments later. The implosion started with a Kiprusoff gaff behind his own net that would lead to Jonathan Cheechoo's fourth goal of the playoffs. Kiprusoff appeared to have time trying to clear a dump in behind his own net, but Cheechoo raced in around the right post before wrapping the puck around the left post. Kiprusoff tried to get back into position, but Robyn Regehr cut off him off, leaving the goal mouth wide open.

Simon tried softening up the Sharks with the rough stuff, but earned himself a trip to the penalty box with a roughing penalty. Vincent Damphousse made the Flames pay with a power play goal 1:29 after Cheechoo's tally. Sharks captain Patrick Marleau made the goal possible with a spectacular play to setup Damphousse after firing the puck off the left post. Marleau pursued his own deflection behind the Flames net and swept it to Damphousse out front from his stomach after Ville Nieminen tackled him.

Marleau would cap the nightmare period for Calgary with a second consecutive power play goal with just over a minute to play in the period. The Flames went down after Regehr was sent off for roughing at 17:12. San Jose cycled the puck on the power play for over a minute, before landing the death blow, a Marleau redirect off a Damphousse pass from the right corner.

With the comfortable three goal lead Jason Marshall took care of some old business by landing a right to Nieminen's chin after the Flames agitator tried to stir things up later in the period. Linesmen also broke up a would be tussle between Wayne Primeau and Mike Commodore as the horn sounded.

Kiprusoff's hospitality would earn him a seat on the Flames bench to open the 3rd period. He finished the afternoon with 12 saves on 16 shots. Roman Turek would replace Kiprusoff, and stop all three shots he faced.

Simon would add a meaningless goal in the final minute of the contest while Marshall and Rob Davison sat in the box for separate infractions.

Referee Don Koharski made sure the bad blood that surfaced at the end of Game 3 wouldn't spill over into Game 4, when he sent Simon and Scott Thornton to their respective dressing rooms after the two simply started to chat in the faceoff circle with 8 ticks remaining in the game.

Evgeni Nabokov would stop 27 of 29 shots to help San Jose knot the series, which quickly turns around for Game 5 on Monday night in San Jose.

Play of the Game
Cheechoo's goal quickly suppressed a Flames charge and took the life out of the 19, 289 who paid to see the Flames drop their second straight game. Cheechoo, who had been held without a goal in the series, flashed his speed in racing to the puck and then beating a Flames defender to the goal mouth. The goal also opened the flood gates which would douse the Flames.

The Turning Point
Rather than fold after Iginla scored, the Sharks answered with three goals in front of a rabid Calgary crowd. Calgary's attempts to draw San Jose into dumb penalties back fired on them, resulting in five Flames minors. The Sharks opened up the scoring by converting on the two power plays for the first time in the series.

Save of the Game
Nabokov's 27 save performance was spearheaded by several Calgary scoring chances that went quietly into the night. Shean Donovan missed on a chance a minute into the game and again at the start of the 2nd period. Iginla had his share of chances, including a scoring chance eight minutes into the 3rd. but Nabokov handled each chance with a calmness that his teammates fed off of throughout the game.

Box Scores Do No Justice
Calgary's demise in Game 4 can be attributed in part to the 8 power play chances that fell by the wayside. Failure to convert on that many chances will come back to bite you sooner or later and the Flames have been playing with fire in the series, having gone 0-for-16 through the first four games.

Honorable Mention
Sharks head coach juggled his lineup for the second consecutive game, reinstating Nils Ekman after a one game benching and sitting down Niko Dimtrakos. Ekman only saw 7:56 of ice time and managed a single shot on goal. Ekman also was the recipient and beneficiary of high sticking calls, luring Jordan Leopold into the box by kissing Leopold's stick midway through the 2nd period and then earning his own trip to the box in the 3rd period.

"We're going to go home, get some rest and do exactly the same things we did here. We know how to win at home -- really." - Mike Rathje

"This is the playoffs, and that kind of (goonery), it doesn't work. We've had adversity all year, and we've kept going. That's not going to stop us." - Rathje

"We can say right now that we do have momentum, but we all know how that can change. If you're not prepared, if you're not working hard for even two minutes, it's gone." - Evgeni Nabokov

"This one is behind us. It's a best-of-three series now, and we've won both of our best-of-threes this season. We've always found a way to get out of this, and we'll try to do it again." - Jerome Iginla

Marcel Goc has yet to lose in the NHL. The Sharks rookie winger is a perfect 4-0 in the NHL, with all four wins coming in this year's playoffs.

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