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Kiprusoff takes 300th career win from former team
Sharks continue to give up too many goals
2/8/12 - By Mike Lee -

When the Sharks traded Miikka Kiprusoff to the Calgary Flames, they probably didn't think they'd be giving up a 300 game winner. Kiprusoff came back to haunt his former team by eclipsing that threshold with a 34 same performance en route a 4-3 win at HP Pavilion. The Sharks continue to play inconsistent hockey that leaves more questions about where the franchise is headed.

A lack of defensive responsibility and sub-par goaltending resulted in the second consecutive game that San Jose has surrendered at least 4 goals. Antti Niemi has given up that many goals in 6 of his last 10 starts. San Jose was just out played by a hungrier team.

Another slow start out of the gate put the Sharks in a hole that they seemed to be perpetually digging themselves out of. Credit Flames forward Olli Jokinen, who was a one-man wrecking crew. Jokinen scored three goals and added an assist, recording his 7th career hat trick.

Jokinen got to Niemi 12:30 into the contest, deflecting a Chris Butler shot from the blueline.

Jokinen scored again 2:36 into the 2nd period on the power play after Benn Ferriero was whistled for interference. Jokinen was the beneficiary of lively end boards, taking a rebound and tuck it just inside the right post for the 2-0 Flames lead.

San Jose battled back to tie the game after Logan Couture and Joe Pavelski scored 2nd period goals.

Couture ripped from the right side after Ryane Clowe sent a pass through the high slot. Couture's shot caught the left post for this 23rd goal of the season.

Pavelski one-timed a Joe Thornton feed, after the Sharks captain slid a pass out to the front of the net from behind Kiprusoff. Pavelski was setup in the slot between two defenders, but still got the shot off, beating Kiprusoff for his 20th goal of the season.

The goal came in Pavelski's 400th career game.

San Jose's defensive woes caught up to them shortly after Pavelski's goal, when Jerome Iginla put a return feed from Jokinen past Niemi midway through the period.

Mark Giordano caught Joe Thornton with a high stick 44 seconds into the 3rd period to give the Sharks their first power play chance of the night. Michal Handzus converted 4 seconds into the man advantage, sweeping home a Brent Burns shot that trickled through Kiprusoff.

The tie was short lived after Colin White committed an atrocious turnover in his own zone. White sent a clearing pass up the left wing boards from behind his own net, but Flames forward Alex Tanguay was the only player in the vicinity. Tanguay intercepted the pass then fed Jokinen down low to help the Finnish forward complete the hat trick.

San Jose appeared to tie the game yet again late in the period, but Patrick Marleau was ruled to have interfered with Kiprusoff. Marleau drove to the net, but his momentum carried him into Kiprusoff as Marc-Edouard Vlasic lifted a shot into the Calgary net.

Kiprusoff made a crazy save with 4 minutes to play after the puck flipped over his shoulder. The netminder had the presence of mind to squeeze his pads shut behind him to pinch the puck dead.

Game Notes:

Thornton's two assists tonight moves him into 65th place, passing Henri Richard, on the NHL's all-time points list with 1,047. Owen Nolan dropped the ceremonial opening faceoff before the game. Nolan retired on Tuesday.

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Scoring
1 2 3 T
CGY 1 2 1 4
SJ 0 2 1 3
1st period - 1, CGY, Jokinen 14 (Butler, Iginla), 12:30.
2nd period - 2, CGY, Jokinen 15 (Tanguay, Cammalleri), 2:36, (pp). 3, SJ, Couture 23 (Clowe, Thornton), 6:29. 4, SJ, Pavelski 20 (Thornton, Marleau), 7:52. 5, CGY, Iginla 21 (Jokinen), 11:15.
3rd period - 6, SJ, Handzus 6 (Burns), 0:49, (pp). 7, CGY 16 (Tanguay), 3:25.
Penalties
1st period - Murray, SJ (hooking), 19:43.
2nd period - Ferriero, SJ (interference), 2:21; Sarich, CGY (fighting major), 10:31; Desjardins, SJ (fighting major), 10:31; Marleau, SJ (interference), 17:29.
3rd period - Giordano, CGY (high sticking), 0:44; Kolanos, CGY (roughing), 10:23; Vandermeer, SJ (roughing), 10:23.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
CGY - Kiprusoff 37 34
SJ - Niemi 35 32
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
CGY 16 12 8 36
SJ 12 10 15 37
Power Play Conversion
CGY 1 of 3
SJ 1 of 1
3 Stars of the Game
Olli Jokinen
Jerome Iginla
Joe Thornton
Attendence
17,562
Officials
Referees: Pollock, St Laurent. Linesmen: Sericolo, Sharrers.
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