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Kiprusoff wins 300th after trade
Sharks fail to extend win streak to three games
3/6/13 - By Mike Lee -

It's easy to say that weary legs let the Sharks down on Wednesday night in Calgary, but in reality it had more to do with little mistakes that had catastrophic consequences. Entering the 3rd period tied 1-1, the Sharks gave up three goals to the Flames, putting an end to their brief two-game winning streak. Former Shark netminder Miikka Kiprusoff made his return to the Flames lineup after a month long stint on the injured reserve, stopping 32 of 33 shots to lock up his 300th career victory in Calgary.

That 3rd period turned out to be 20 minutes of horror for San Jose. The margin between victory and defeat came down to two miscues in less than two minutes.

San Jose couldn't get the big stop from goaltender Thomas Greiss, who surrendered a soft goal 2:57 into the period. Blake Comeau skated up the right win and fired a shot that defenseman Matt Irwin tipped, lifting it over Greiss' left shoulder.

Things went from bad to worse 1:39 later when Ryane Clowe tried to hit Douglas Murray with a breakout pass in his own zone. Expecting Murray to skate and handle the puck at the same time is a tall order in open ice, but add a defender into the equation and expect the worst. With Jiri Hudler draped all over him, Murray coughed up the puck as soon as it hit his stick, only to be gobbled up by Jerome Iginla who took two strides to his right and snapped a shot past Greiss for the 3-1 lead.

The power play continues to fall short and in turn leaves the Sharks scrambling to make up the absence of offense. San Jose let four man-advantage opportunities go by the wayside.

Down by two goals, the Sharks pulled Griess for the extra attacker after Comeau was called for interference with 2:31 left in the contest. That turned out to be fruitless as Curtis Glenncross scored an empty-net goal to cap the scoring.

San Jose fell behind 1-0 just 4:27 into the game when Roman Cervenka swept home a fat rebound after the Flames bum-rushed the Sharks on a break that had all five players in red jerseys attacking the net. Jay Bouwmeester put a shot off Greiss, and Cervenka was Johnny on the spot, grabbing the rebound in the slot and sliding a shot around Greiss' left pad.

San Jose went 10 minutes between shots in the 2nd period, but when they finally did get a shot on net, it crossed the goal line. The irony is the guy least likely to shoot on the team put a puck past Miikka Kiprusoff. Sharks captain Joe Thornton scored his 5th goal of the season on his first shot in three games, redirecting a Joe Pavelski feed from the right corner past Kiprusoff.

The loss denied the Sharks the opportunity to keep pace with the division leading Anaheim Ducks, who won for the 16th time this season. San Jose trails Anaheim by 9 points in the standings.



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Scoring
1 2 3 T
SJ 0 1 0 1
CGY 1 0 3 4
1st period - 1, CGY, Cervenka 3 (Bouwmeester, Iginla), 4:27.
2nd period - 2, SJ, Thornton 5 (Pavelski), 13:53.
3rd period - 3, CGY, Comeau 1 (Butler), 2:57. 4, CGY, Iginla 7 (Hudler), 4:36. 5, CGY, Glencross 8 (Stempniak), 19:04, (sh) (en).
Penalties
1st period - Cervenka, CGY (hooking), 9:36; Stuart, SJ (hooking), 12:18; Cammalleri, CGY (hooking), 15:36.
2nd period - Stuart, SJ (interference), 9:05.
3rd period - Stempniak, CGY (hooking), 10:59; Comeau, CGY (interference), 17:29; Gomez, SJ (delay of game - faceoff violation), 19:44.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
SJ - Greiss 25 22
SJ - empty net 1 0
CGY - Kiprusoff 33 32
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 8 8 17 33
CGY 9 11 6 26
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 4
CGY 0 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
Miikka Kiprusoff
Blake Comeau
Chris Butler
Attendence
19,289
Officials
Referees: Lee, St Laurent. Linesmen: Wheler, Cvik.
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