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Solid night up north
Sharks subdue Flames in Alberta
3/30/09 - By Mike Lee -

The Sharks needed a solid performance on the road, against a quality opponent, and that’s exactly what they got on Monday night. Starting their final multi-game road trip of the regular season in Calgary, the Sharks parlayed solid defensive play and stellar goaltending to take a 2-1 decision at the Pengrowth Saddledome.

Evgeni Nabokov 28 of 29 shots, including 12 in a fast paced 3rd period to win his 38th game of the season. In knocking off the Flames, the Sharks also extended their lead in the Western Conference to 4 points over the Detroit Red Wings.

Winning at the Saddledome has not been easy for the Sharks, who have only left with 2 points on two of their last nine regular season games there.

Scoring first helped the cause.

The Flames setup a prime scoring opportunity for the Sharks early in the game when Craig Conroy and Adrian Aucoin took penalties 3 seconds apart. Dan Boyle would convert on the 2-man advantage at 6:11 on a blast from the slot. Joe Thornton setup the goal with a feed from behind the right post, allowing Boyle to crank a shot over Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff’s shoulder.

Jonathan Cheechoo had a one-time chance on the remaining penalty time, but Kiprusoff snared it with a quick glove.

Jerome Iginla tied the game at 15:09 with his 32nd goal of the season, after Christian Ehrhoff and Olli Jokinen took offsetting penalties. The Flames took advantage of the open ice when Damond Langkow sent a 40-foot backhand pass to Iginla along the left wing boards. The Flames captain sent a no-look shot on net from the outside of the left circle, beating Evgeni Nabokov to the glove side.

Defenseman Brad Lukowich paid an early visit to the locker room in the period after getting checked into the boards awkwardly. Lukowich would return to the ice later in the period, and returned the favor with an open ice hit on Damond Langkow that sent the Flames forward flying.

San Jose went back on top midway through the 2nd period on a Brad Lukowich shot from the point that brushed Jonathan Cheechoo in the high slot. Cheechoo was awarded the goal, which was aided by Jeremy Roenick who screened Kiprusoff on the play.

In the 3rd period, the Flames upped the tempo trailing by a goal. Eric Nystrom just missed on a feed through the slot that he one timed right into Nabokov’s glove.

A Joe Pavelski high sticking penalty at 8:47 setup a close call for the Sharks, when Flames left wing Mike Cammaleri walked in on Nabokov and tried stuffing home a shot. The sharks netminder had inched out to the top of the crease and had to sprawl out to get a glove on Cammaleri’s shot.

Kiprusoff matched Nabokov’s save moments later when he denied Thornton on a point blank shot, but it was Nabokov who shined over the final 40 minutes of play.

Game Notes:

Sharks captain Patrick Marleau did not make the trip to Alberta , electing to rehab his lower body injury in San Jose . He will miss the Edmonton game on Thursday as well.



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Scoring
1 2 3 T
SJ 1 1 0 2
CGY 1 0 0 1
1st period - 1, SJ, Boyle 15 (Thornton, Pavelski), 6:11, (pp). 2, CGY, Iginla 32 (Langkow, Phaneuf), 15:09.
2nd period - 3, SJ, Cheechoo 10 (Lukowich, Thornton), 12:24.
3rd period - None
Penalties
1st period - Conroy, CGY (hooking), 5:33; Aucoin, CGY (delay of game – puck over glass), 5:26; Erhoff, SJ (roughing),14:40; Jokinen, CGY (cross checking), 14:40.
2nd period - Thornton, SJ (tripping), 0:54.
3rd period - Pavelski, SJ (high sticking), 8:47.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
SJ - Nabokov 29 28
CGY - Kiprusoff 17 15
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 8 4 5 17
CGY 8 9 12 29
Power Play Conversion
SJ 1 of 2
CGY 0 of 2
3 Stars of the Game
Evgeni Nabokov
Jerome Iginla
Devin Setoguchi
Attendence
19,289
Officials
Referees: Furlatt, Meier. Linesmen: Henderson, Lazarowich.

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