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Wheels beginning to fall off
Still no answers at home
2/6/06 - by Mike Lee

The five game home stand before the Olympic break was supposed to be the cure for the Sharks ills, but instead, it's turned into the house of horrors for San Jose. The struggling Calgary Flames were more than happy to take advantage of San Jose's hospitality, collecting two points in the standings from a team that is disconnected as ever. Calgary scored four consecutive goals, then outlasted the Sharks in a 4-3 stinker at the HP Pavilion on Monday night.

On this night, an uninspired 2nd period and a foolish play by Evgeni Nabokov would cost the Sharks, and help the Flames break a three game losing streak. After Patrick Marleau broke his own six-game scoring drought with a goal on a two-man advantage, the Flames kicked into high gear.

Daymond Langkow, Chuck Kobasew, Chris Simon and Matthew Lombardi would score a string of goals that was too much for the Sharks to overcome. Langow started things by converting on a power play after Scott Hannan failed to cover the off-wing with under three minutes to play in the opening period.

Kobasew scored on another power play 4:31 into the 2nd period, after Nabokov took a tripping penalty. Nabokov would really shot himself in the foot nine minutes later when he allowed Chris Simon to score a tap in after getting caught behind his own net. Stephane Yelle picked Nabokov's pocket as he tried to stick handle the puck out of danger.

"They capitalized on our penalties," said Nabokov. "We need everyone on the same page, and it starts with me. One mistake ends up costing us the game. This seems to be the story all season."

Lombardi added the game winner by racing around Christian Ehrhoff, then crashing into Nabokov as the puck slid under the Sharks goaltender.

The Sharks tried clawing their way back into the game, but former Shark netminder Miikka Kiprusoff held on for the win. Milan Michalek scored at the 13:31 mark of the 3rd period, then Jonathan Cheechoo converted with just under five minutes to play, but the Sharks would not get the equalizer.

"It's been tough for us the last couple of games, but we stayed together in the third period when it could have been trouble again," Kiprusoff said. "It was good to see us step up in the last minutes."

The Sharks only managed eight shots on goal in the final period, sputtering to their third loss in a row.

"There comes a point when we have to have some people step up and play as well as you can," Wilson said. "That's a lack of trust if you're trying to do too much. If one guy tries to play 1-on-1 hockey, that's telling your teammates they aren't good enough."

Notes:

Matt Carkner was recalled from Cleveland on Monday and got his first NHL start. He recorded an assist on Michalek's goal, but was also committed the penalty that allowed Langkow's goal.


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Scoring
1 2 3 T
CAL 1 2 1 4
SJ 1 0 2 3
1st period - 1, San Jose, Marleau 22 (J.Thornton, Ehrhoff), 8:45, (pp). 2, Calgary, Langkow 17 (Regehr, Leopold), 17:26, (pp).
2nd period - 3, Calgary, Kobasew 16 (Huselius, Regehr), 4:31, (pp). 4, Calgary, Simon 4 (Yelle, Donovan), 13:12.
3rd period - 5, Calgary, Lombardi 3 (Regehr), 2:43. 6, San Jose, Michalek 10 (Marleau, Carkner), 13:31. 7, San Jose, Cheechoo 32 (J.Thornton, Marleau), 15:02, (pp).
Penalties
1st period - Lombardi, CAL (hooking), 2:09; Kobasew, CAL (high-sticking), 7:06; Regehr, CAL (high-sticking), 8:32; Carkner, SJS (tripping), 16:50.
2nd period - Stevenson, SJS (tripping), 0:56; Nabokov, SJS served by Cheechoo (tripping), 2:55; Nilson, CAL (hooking), 4:56; McLaren, SJS (hooking), 8:04; Amonte, CAL (holding), 9:35; Hannan, SJS (holding), 9:57; Lombardi, CAL (delay of game), 17:35.
3rd period - Ference, CAL (hooking), 0:59; Preissing, SJS (holding), 1:42; McLaren, SJS (tripping), 3:12; Dimitrakos, SJS (hooking), 10:33; Iginla, CAL (high-sticking), 10:37; LeClerc, CAL (interference), 14:51; McCarty, CAL (slashing), 19:53; Cheechoo, SJS (charging), 20:00.
Goaltending
  Shots Saves
CAL - Kiprusoff 31 28
SJ - Nabokov 29 25
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
CAL 9 14 6 29
SJ 13 10 8 31
Power Play Conversion
CAL 2 of 8
SJ 2 of 9
3 Stars of the Game
Robyn Regehr
Mikka Kiprusoff
Matthew Lombardi
Attendence
15,242
Officials
Referees: Rob Martell, Brad Watson. Linesmen: Tim Nowak, Mark Wheler.

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