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Flames taste defeat this time around
Sharks 2nd line scores 3 of 4 goals
11/13/10 - By Mike Lee -

Three weeks ago the Calgary Flames dominated the Sharks in a 4-0 tail whipping. San Jose got a little retribution on Saturday night, taking a 4-3 decision at HP Pavilion. Logan Couture, Joe Pavelski and Ryane Clowe combined for 9 points, each scoring a goal and two assists to pace the Sharks. The Flames have floundered since last meeting San Jose, five of their last seven games since they last locked horns with San Jose.

The Sharks jumped out to a nice start, sustaining pressure in the Calgary zone from the opening faceoff. That pressure would force Olli Jokinen into taking an interference penalty 58 seconds into the contest. San Jose would take advantage when Joe Thornton bagged his 6th goal of the season just 8 seconds into the penalty. The Sharks captain took a pass from Jason Demers in the slot, before snapping a shot past Miikka Kiprusoff.

Kiprusoff would dodged a bullet 3 minutes later when Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle just missed with a shot on a wide open net that missed inches wide of the right post.

Ryane Clowe broke an 8 game goalless streak with his 3rd score of the year at 10:24, putting another shot past Kiprusoff from almost the same exact spot at Thornton. Logan Couture parked himself in front of Kiprusoff, screening the Flames goaltender from Clowe’s shot which tucked under the crossbar.

Cory Sarich would take a double minor for cutting Devin Setoguchi with a high stick at 13:59 of the period, but the Sharks failed to land the knockout blow with the extended power play. Calgary would actually create a couple of quality scoring chances during the 4 minute span, with a pair of short-handed chances that were defended by Sharks netminder Antti Niemi.

Dany Heatley would take a boarding penalty in the final minute of the period, which carried over to the next period. Boyle would make matters worse, by throwing the puck over the glass 6 seconds after the drop of the puck to start the 2nd period to give Calgary a lengthy 5-on-3 power play.

Mark Giordano would score on the 2-man advantage, sliding a shot under Niemi’s right pad, after the Flames moved the puck over to the left side. Niemi slid to his right and had the angle on Giordano, but he raised his pad enough to allow the shot to slide under the goaltender.

Sarich would lay out Jamie McGinn with a nice hip check in front of the Sharks bench that drew the ire of Jamal Mayers. The Sharks tough guy would immediately go after Sarich earning an extended trip to the penalty box for instigating.

Joe Pavelski would snap his own scoring drought, putting a shot past Kiprusoff at 16:22. Like Clowe, the goal was Pavelski’s first in 8 games. The centerman hacked away at a deflection from the slot that slid under Kiprusoff, after Couture bounced a shot off the Flames goaltender.

Niemi flashed the leather early in the 3rd period, snatching a Colin White slapper that was headed for the top corner of the Sharks net. The Sharks goaltender would be forced to step things up after Couture and Torrey Mitchell took separate penalties in the first 5 minutes of the period.

Calgary would chip away at the Sharks lead, scoring a goal midway through the period. Jay Bouwmeester deposited his 2nd goal of the season with a shot from in tight that slid under Niemi. Mat Stajan setup the goal with his own shot attempt from the slot.

After assisting on two of the Sharks first three goals, Couture would score his 6th goal of the season with 6 minutes to play. A Flames turnover in the Sharks zone turned into a 2-on-1 chance for San Jose. Clowe would scoop up the puck near the right wing boards and skate up ice before sending a pass through the slot to Couture. The rookie forward snapped home his goal to give him his first career 3-point game.

The Flames would pull Kiprusoff with 54 seconds left in regulation. With the extra skater, Calgary would cut the lead to a single gal when Jerome Iginla scored his first goal in three weeks with a one-time chance from the left dot. Alex Tanguay setup the goal with a feed from the high slot.


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Scoring
1 2 3 T
CGY 0 1 2 3
SJ 2 1 1 4
1st period - 1, SJ, Thornton 6 (Demers, Boyle), 1:06, (pp). 2, SJ, Clowe 3 (Pavelski, Couture), 10:24
2nd period - 3, CGY, Giordano 2 (White, Iginla), 0:51. 4, SJ, Pavelski 4 (Couture, Clowe), 16:22.
3rd period - 5, CGY, Bouwmeester 2 (Stajan, Tanguay), 9:14. 6, SJ, Couture 6 (Clowe, Pavelski), 14:10. 7, CGY, Iginla 3 (Tanguay, Giordano), 19:23.
Penalties
1st period - Jokinen, CGY (interference), 0:58; Sarich, CG (high sticking – double minor), 13:59; Heatley, SJ (boarding), 19:43.
2nd period - Boyle, SJ (delay of game – puck over glass), 0:06; Conroy, CGY (interference), 3:23; Heatley, SJ (goaltender interference), 7:08; Sarich, CGY (fighting major), 11:53; Mayers, SJ (instigator), 11:53; Mayers, SJ (fighting major), 11:53; Mayers, SJ (10 min misconduct), 11:53; Banch, CGY (too many men), 18:10; Pavelski, SJ (tripping),18:59.
3rd period - Couture, SJ (high sticking), 2:20; Mitchell, SJ (delay of game – puck over glass), 4:23.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
CGY - Kiprusoff 35 31
SJ - Niemi 31 28
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
CGY 5 14 12 31
SJ 17 13 5 35
Power Play Conversion
CGY 1 of 7
SJ 1 of 5
3 Stars of the Game
Logan Couture
Ryane Clowe
Joe Pavelski
Attendence
17,562
Officials
Referees: Joannette, Leggo. Linesmen: Lazarowich, Rody.
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