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Iginla burns Sharks again
Another OT loss to the Flames
2/12/08 - by Mike Lee

Jerome Iginla and Dion Phaneuf did it again. The pair knocked off the Sharks 3-2 in overtime at HP Pavilion back on January 3rd, then returned on Tuesday night for a repeat performance, stunning the 17,269 in attendance with another goal in the extra session. San Jose outshot the Flames 43-18, but they failed to convert shots into scoring chances. San Jose held a one-goal lead late, but Phaneuf scored with less than a minute in regulation to send the game to overtime.

Iginla one-timed a cross-ice feed past Evgeni Nabokov with 25 seconds remaining in the 5-minute overtime. Three of the Sharks on the ice collapsed on Phaneuf as he carried the puck in the Sharks zone, the defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic dropped back too deep, leaving Iginla uncovered. Nabokov got over too late as Iginla's shot rocketed into the Sharks net.

Damond Langkow gave the Flames a 1-0 lead just 4:20 into the game on an impressive deflection. Former Sharks captain Owen Nolan tried firing the puck deep into the Sharks zone from the blueline. Standing in the slot, Langkow stuck his stick blade out toward the left wing boards, but when the puck hit his stick blade, the puck kicked back to the right, beating Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov.

Marcel Goc tied things up 7 minutes later on a top shelf wrister from the right dot after skating up the wing. Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff had a good look at Goc, who skated into the zone uncontested, but the Sharks forward ripped a shot just under the crossbar.

The Flames regained the lead 2:01 into the 3nd period when former Shark Mark Smith knocked the puck into the goal with his hip. San Jose gained control of the puck deep in their own zone, but Jeremy Roenick tripped over himself while back-skating along the end boards. Mathew Lombardi grabbed to the loose puck and threw it on goal. A scrum formed in front of Nabokov as the puck arrived, but the shot kicked off the left post. The puck bounced off of Smith, who was upended in front of the goal.

Referee Kerry Fraser went upstairs to the video judge to see if the puck crossed the line before the net was upended. The goal was allowed after a lengthy review.

The Sharks up beat tempo kept Flames on their heels and helped to amass a 31-11 shot advantage through two periods.

An interference penalty on Anders Eriksson gave the Sharks a power play at 8:16, but Kiprusoff would dodge several bullets. Joe Pavelski tried going upstairs on play in tight, but his shot sailed high. Milan Michalek just missed moments later on a shot that fluttered through the crease.

Robyn Regehr would put the Sharks back on the power play with 48 seconds left in the period, but this time San Jose would cash in. Michalek bagged his 19th of the season with a nifty move in front of the net, after Craig Rivet set him up with a pass from the point.

The Sharks would finally take the lead at 8:33 of the 3rd period on a tip in from Patrick Rissmiller. A strong forecheck created the chance down low. Torrey Mitchell forced a turnover in the right corner, then slid the puck out to Mike Grier in the high slot. Grier pumped a slapper from 40 feet out, but Rissmiller got a stick on the puck , deflecting the waist high shot down toward the ice and past Kiprusoff.

A delay of game penalty on Jonathan Cheechoo gave the Flames a late power play and Calgary head coach Mike Keenan decided to pull Kiprusoff with 1:30 to play. Rissmiller grabbed a loose puck in his own zone and tried to clear it with a backhand move, but Dion Phaneuf intercepted it at the blueline.

The Flames defenseman circled back toward the left wing boards, then threw the puck on net wth 50 seconds remaining in regulation. Nabokov never saw the shot, and just like the game was tied again.

In the overtime period Lombardi had a chance to end things with a flash of speed that setup a scoring chance in close, but Nabokov stacked the pads to deny the Flames forward.

It didn't once Iginla and Phaneuf hooked up.

Game Notes:

Sharks captain was scratched in order to nurse the groin injury he sustained in the 1st period of Saturday's game against Nashville. Steve Bernier returned to the lineup.

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1 2 3 OT T
CGY 1 1 1 1 4
SJ 1 1 1 0 3
1st period - 1, CGY, Langkow 22 (Nolan, Huselius), 4:20. 2, SJ, Goc 4 (Shelley, Vlasic), 11:40.
2nd period - 3, CGY, Smith 1 (Lombardi), 2:01. 4, SJ, Michalek 19 (Rivet, Cheechoo), 19:27, (pp).
3rd period - 5, SJ, Rissmiller 7 (Grier, Mitchell), 8:33. 6, CGY, Phaneuf 11 (unassisted), 19:10, (pp).
Overtime - 7, CGY, Iginla 35 (Phaneuf), 4:35.
1st period - Ehrhoff, SJ (holding), 8:02; Tanguay, CGY (hooking), 8:55; Huselius, CGY (interference), 19:06.
2nd period - Hale, CGY (tripping), 5:02; Eriksson, CGY (interference), 8:16; Aucoin, CGY (holding), 15:29; Regehr, CGY (hooking), 19:12.
3rd period - Lombardi, CGY (slashing), 10:16; Thornton, SJ (tripping), 10:50; Cheechoo, SJ (delay of game - puck over glass), 17:33.
Overtime - None
Shots Saves
CGY - Kiprusoff 43 40
SJ - Nabokov 18 14
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
CGY 5 6 5 2 18
SJ 18 13 9 3 43
Power Play Conversion
CGY 1 of 3
SJ 1 of 7
3 Stars of the Game
Miikka Kiprusoff
Jerome Iginla
Dion Phaneuf
Referees: Fraser, O'Halloran. Linesmen: Kovachik, Murphy.

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