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Nolan haunts Sharks
Former captain bags hattie in Flames win
1/30/08 - by Mike Lee

Former Sharks captain Owen Nolan showed a little of the flash that made him a San Jose fan favorite, recording his first hat trick in 9 years to help knock off his former team 5-4 in Calgary on Wednesday night. Filling the role of bit player in the twilight of his career, Nolan beat the Sharks with the tenacity that helped him earn a C in San Jose. The Sharks scored three 3rd period goals, but their comeback bid came up short.

Physical play was the name of the game in the opening period. Both teams went after each other with a plethora of hits. Flames defenseman Dion Phaneuf and Mathew Lombardi were particularly feisty, recording 3 hits apiece in the opening stanza.

Sharks captain Patrick Marleau would give the Sharks a 1st period lead with his 9th goal of the season. Marleau carried the puck into the Flames zone an tried snapping a shot from the right dot, but he flubbed the attempt. Rather than give up on the play, Marleau kicked the puck back onto his own stick and whipped a shot past Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff.

Things would get testy later in the period when Phaneuf and Sharks defenseman Sandis Ozolinsh went after each other after a wild scrum that involved several other players. Jeremy Roenick threw his body around in defense of a teammate that escalated into a flurry of bodies bouncing off of each other.

Former Sharks captain Owen Nolan tied the game at 6:04 of the 2nd period on a nifty backhand shot from the slot. Defenseman Sandis Ozolinsh pinched on a play in the Calgary zone, springing Craig Conroy on a break. The Sharks got back to brake up Conroy's chance, but the puck found it's way to Nolan sitting by himself 10 feet in front of the net. Ozolinsh got between Nolan and the goal, but he guessed that Nolan would go to the forehand. Instead, Nolan snapped the no-look backhand shot past Nabokov.

The Flames would strike again just 22 seconds later on a defensive lapse by the Sharks. After winning the faceoff, centerman Dustin Boy carried the puck up the right wing boards, before feathering a pass to Keith Primeau. The former Shark chipped a shot off sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov.

Nolan and Mike Grier would mix it up less than 3 minutes later, intensifying the physicality.

Joe Thornton would just miss knotting the game up on a breakaway that ended with a backhand attempt that Kiprusoff would deny.

The Flames would make it 3-1 on a Phaneuf power play goal. He flames had the man advantage after a questionable hooking penalty on Patrick Rissmiller. Phaneuf took a centering pass from Adrian Aucoin at the point, then cranked a shot past Nabokov.

The Sharks would just miss on a scoring chance on their own power play at the end of the period, but Jonathan Cheechoo was tripped in front of the net without a call. Cory Sarich would commit a roughing penalty with 29 seconds left in the period to give the Sharks a brief 5-on-3 to end the period, but the opportunity would be wasted.

Nolan would sink the dagger into the Sharks just 57 seconds into the 3rd period on a horrendous mistake by Nabokov. Trying to clear the puck to one of his teammates, Nabokov sent a pass up through the slot from the bottom of the right circle. Nolan guessed which way the pass would go and intercepted the puck and easily deposited it into the empty net.

Tomas Plihal would cut the Flames lead to 4-2 on his first career goal 1:43 later. The Sharks rookie carried the puck up the right wing then fired a shot on Kirpusoff that hit the Flames goaltender in the chest, then fell to feet. Kiprusoff appeared to kick he puck into his own goal, not realizing it was caught in his skates.

Nolan completed the hat trick at 10:45 on a poor defensive effort by the Sharks. Alex Tanguay put a shot on Nabokov, but Christian Ehrhoff and Joe Pavelski failed to corral Nolan as he broke for the net. With Nabokov sprawled out on the ice, Nolan scooped up the rebound and slid it into the wide open goal after cutting across the top of the slot from left to right.

Rissmiller scored a meaningless goal with 2 minutes to play to make it a 2 goal game, ripping a shot over Kiprusoff's right shoulder.

Another Sarich penalty gave the Sharks a power play with 1:23 to play. Cheechoo would convert with 61 seconds left to make it a 1 goal lead for the Flames, but San Jose couldn't et over the hump in the final minute. A final draw in the Flames zone would float past both bluelines, ending the comeback bid.

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1 2 3 T
SJ 1 0 3 4
CGY 0 3 2 5
1st period - 1, SJ, Marleau 9 (Ozolinsh, Nabokov), 10:39.
2nd period - 2, CGY, Nolan 10 (Tanguay, Conroy), 6:04. 3, CGY, Primeau 1 (Boyd), 6:26. 4, CGY, Phaneuf 7 (Aucoin, Iginla), 17:35, (pp).
3rd period - 5, CGY, Nolan 11 (unassisted), 0:57, (sh). 6, SJ, Plihal 1 (Bernier, Ozolinsh), 2:44. 7, CGY, Nolan 12 (Tanguay, Conroy), 10:45. 8, SJ, Rissmiller 6 (Grier), 18:00. 9, SJ, Cheechoo 10 (Michalek, Roenick), 18:59, (pp).
1st period - Ozolinsh, SJ (roughing), 13:27; Phaneuf, CGY (roughing), 13:27; Phaneuf, CGY (roughing), 13:27.
2nd period - Rissmiller, SJ (holding), 1:53; Grier, SJ (fighting major), 9:14; Nolan, CGY (fighting major), 9:14; Bernier, SJ (roughing), 12:02; Rissmiller, SJ (hooking), 17:14; Moss, CGY (interference), 18:30; Sarich, CGY (roughing), 19:31.
3rd period - Sarich, CGY (slashing) 18:37.
Shots Saves
SJ - Nabokov 29 24
CGY - Kiprusoff 31 27
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 7 12 12 31
CGY 8 9 12 29
Power Play Conversion
SJ 1 of 3
CGY 1 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
Owen Nolan
Alex Tanguay
Craig Conroy
Referees: Kozari, LaRue. Linesmen: Seitz, Wheler.

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