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Sharks burned in trip finale
8-game road trip mercifully ends
2/24/07 - by Mike Lee

The 8-game road trip from hell is over. It ended with an entertaining 7-4 loss to the Calgary Flames on Saturday night. The back and forth contest was decided with a pair of 3rd period goals by the Flames, after San Jose scored 4 times in the 2nd period. The effort was there, but the results weren't, ending the trip with a 4-4 record.

Things took an auspicious start for the Sharks, who surrendered two 1st period goals to Calgary. Dion Phaneuf converted on a power play 5:26 into the game after the Sharks were called for a too many men on the ice. Kristian Huselius sent a cross-ice pass through the slot to Phaneuf in the right corner, who one-timed a shot past Evgeni Nabokov.

Nabokov would gift-wrap the Flames second goal after he failed to control a Matthew Lombardi shot later in the period. Nabokov thought he had the puck squeezed in his jersey, but it trickled out to his left. Daymond Langkow grabbed the loose puck and slipped it into the net for the 2-0 Flames lead.

Things would get nutty in the 2nd period when the two teams would combine for 6 goals.

The Sharks got things into gear in the middle period after Giordano was sent off for hooking at 3:40. Matt Carle got the Sharks on the board with his 8th goal of the season by punching in a redirect on the ensuing power play. Mark Bell tried getting a backhanded shot off through his legs, but it ended up turning into a pass in tight. San Jose collapsed on the Calgary net as the puck trickled through the crease to Carle, who gathered it and fired it over a fallen Miikka Kiprusoff.

The Sharks tied the game 66 later when Joe Pavelski redirected a Mike Grier centering pass past Kiprusoff. Grier made a nice move to move past Rhett Warrener at the Flames blueline, then raced into the Calgary zone along the left wing boards. Pavelski made a bee-line towards the net and tapped Grier's pass with Mark Giordano draped over his back.

Grier gave the Sharks a 3-2 lead at 15:11 after Phaneuf botched a pass at the Sharks blueline while the Flames were on a power play. Phaneuf tried sending the puck cross-ice, but he partially whiffed on the pass, allowing Grier to race up ice uncontested. Grier easily deposited the puck past Kiprusoff for the short-hander.

Calgary would answer on the same power play just 8 seconds later when Iginla tipped a Roman Hamrlik shot from the point past Nabokov.

Kyle McLaren would help the Sharks regain the lead at 18:56 of the period by pumping a shot from the top of the right circle past Kiprusoff after the Flames turned the puck over in their own zone.

Lombardi would knot things up 31 seconds later after the Sharks pinched too much in the Flames zone and paid on a turnover at the blueline. Lombardi beat Douglas Murray up the ice and beat Nabokov with his 19th of the season.

The Flames wasted no time in the 3rd period, scoring just 34 seconds in on a botched defensive assignment. Douglas Murray missed a coverage assignment on Inginla, allowing the Flames captain to snap a centering pass from Alex Tanguay past Nabokov from 15 feet out.

The Flames tacked on their 6th of the game late after a missed icing call in the Sharks zone. Iginla grabbed a puck deep in the Sharks zone, then sent a pass to Langkow at the top of the left circle. Langkow one-timed a shot that hand-cuffed Nabokov after hitting Joe Pavelski's stick.

San Jose pulled Nabokov with 1:30 to play, allowing Marcus Nilson to score an empty netter to cap the scoring.


Patrick Marleau played in his 700th career game for the Sharks.

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1 2 3 T
SJ 0 4 0 4
CGY 2 2 3 7
1st period - 1, CGY, Phaneuf 16 (Huselius, Hamrlik),, 5:26, (pp). 2, CGY, Langkow 25 (Lombardi, Hamrlik), 7:42.
2nd period - 3, SJ, Carle 8 (Bell, Thornton), 4:36, (pp). 4, SJ, Pavelski 12 (Grier, Clowe), 5:42. 5, SJ, Grier 14 (unassisted), 15:11, (sh) 6, CGY, Iginla 29 (Hamrlik, Huselius), 15:19, (pp). 7, SJ, McLaren 4 (unassisted), 18:56. 8, CGY, Lombardi 19 (Iginla, Tanhuay), 19:27.
3rd period - 9, CGY, Iginla 30 (Tanguay, Conroy), 0:34. 10, CGY, Langkow 26 (Iginla, Tanguay), 16:55. 11, CGY, Nilson 3 (unassisted), 19:22, (en).
1st period - Tanguay, CGY (holding), 0:24; Bench, SJ (too many men), 4:56; Bell, SJ (fighting major), 9:39; Primeau, CGY (fighting major), 9:39; Langkow, CGY (tripping), 14:27; Bench, CGY (too many men), 19:16.
2nd period - Giordano, CGY (hooking), 3:40; McLaren, SJ (tripping), 7:06; Ehrhoff, SJ (tripping), 9:22; Tanguay, CGY (holding the stick), 10:49; Hamrlik, CGY (tripping), 13:07; McLaren, SJ (high sticking), 13:29.
3rd period - Conroy, CGY (hooking), 6:58.
  Shots Saves
SJ - Nabokov 22 16
SJ - empty net 1 0
CGY - Kiprusoff 37 33
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 7 16 14 37
CGY 9 6 8 23
Power Play Conversion
SJ 1 of 7
CGY 2 of 4
3 Stars of the Game
Jerome Iginla
Damond Langkow
Joe Thornton
Referees: Dennis LaRue, Dan O'Rourke. Linesmen: Darren Gibbs, Vaughan Rody.

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