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SJ steam rolls Flames with 4-goal 1st
11/13/08 - By Mike Lee

Rebounds were the theme of the night on Thursday at HP Pavilion. The Sharks rebounded from their 2-game losing streak with a 6-1 pounding of the visiting Calgary Flames. They scored four of those goals on the power play after Calgary gave up big juicy rebounds. Milan Michalek rebounded from a scoring drought by scoring a pair of goals. The Sharks defense set a franchise record by tallying 9 points, all assists. The trio of Dan Boyle, Rob Blake and Christian Ehrhoff each had three helpers.

As has been a constant their last three games, the Sharks jumped out to the early lead, but the question on everyone’s mind was if they could hold that lead. They made it harder for a Flames comeback by scoring 4 times in the opening period.

"Did we take our foot off the gas the other night?! I think we were sloppy in a couple of situations and it came back to haunt us," Said Sharks head coach Todd McLellan. "The lesson was learned, it was taught to us and I think we accepted the responsibility tonight when we had the lead."

They started the bum rush with a power play goal by Joe Pavelski 8 minutes into the game and a mere 7 seconds after Flames defenseman Adam Pardy was whistled for hooking. Pavelski started the scoring sequence with a big faceoff win, and ended it by punching home a rebound from the top of the crease after Rob Blake fired a blast in on Miikka Kiprusoff from the right point.

Michalek would score 27 seconds later on a rush up the left wing followed by a fake shot that forced Kiprusoff to commit. The Sharks winger then ripped a shot from the bottom of the left circle that hit nothing but net.

San Jose ’s power play was clicking and would capitalize after Calgary was called for too many men on the ice with 7 minutes remaining in the period. The Sharks would also take advantage of Kiprusoff’s inability to control rebounds. Sharks captain Patrick Marleau would deposit one of those rebounds after Blake put another shot on goal.

The power play was more effective than it has been in earlier games this season," said Blake. "With the traffic and some shots, you can get some rebounds."

A Todd Bertuzzi high sticking penalty at 16:07 would give the Sharks another man-advantage and once again they would capitalize. This time Joe Thornton slipped a deflection past Kiprusoff from the same spot Marleau was positioned on his goal. Devin Setoguchi and Dan Boyle earned assists on the play.

Curtis McElhinney replaced Kiprusoff to start the second period. Dion Phaneuf and Brad Staubitz drew offsetting penalties at the end of the prior period, so the teo teams would skate 4-on-4 for the first 2 minutes of the middle period.

"It was a barrage," said Flames head coach Mike Keenan. "I mean we gave up 20 shots in the first period. So we made the change just for the sake of trying to change some momentum of some kind."

Michalek would use the extra space to bag his 2nd goal of the game by tapping in a crossing pass from Ehrhoff at 1:18 . Racing up the right wing, Ehrhoff drew the defense over to the right side before backhanding a pass through the slot. Michalek deflected the puck just wide of the left post, but McElhinney was too far forward, which allowed the Sharks winger to pull the puck back and slide it into the empty net.

Penalties would continue to haunt the Flames in the 3rd period. Infractions to Pardy and Rene Bourque 1:14 apart gave the Sharks a brief 5-on-3. Pavelski would poke home his 2nd of the game on yet another put back on a rebound in front of the Flames net. Boyle and Blake would earn assists, their 3rd each for the game.

Mike Cammalleri would snap Shark goaltender Brian Boucher’s shutout bid at 10:13 after Jody Shelley was sent off for interference. The former Los Angeles King’s forward punched home his on rebound from 6 feet out.

The Flames would get no closer.

"You play a team like this and you wonder where you are in terms of your own development," Keenan added. "You get a good sense of reality when you end up quite not on the same level in terms of the beginning of this game. I mean we played better in the third but that's part of your preparation and being ready for the first part that you know is going to come at you very quickly."

Game Notes:

Mike Grier sustained a lower body injury in the 1st period and did not return after the 1st intermission. Marleau tied Owen Nolan for the franchise record for most power play goals in Sharks history with 75. The Sharks 46 shots on goal marked the ninth time this season that they have recorded 40 plus shots in a game, which is also a franchise record.


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1 2 3 T
CGY 0 0 1 1
SJ 4 1 1 6
1st period - 1, SJ, Pavelski 6 (Blake, Ehrhoff), 8:04 , (pp). 2, SJ, Michalek 4 (Pavelski, Ehrhoff), 8:31 . 3, SJ, Marleau 8 (Blake, Thornton), 15:02 , (pp). 4, SJ, Thornton 3 (Setoguchi, Boyle), 17:42.
2nd period - 5, SJ, Michalek 5 (Ehrhoff, Boyle), 1:18 ; Staubitz, SJ (interference), 7:05 ; Aucoin, CGY (hooking), 17:27.
3rd period - 6, SJ, Pavelski 7 (Boyle, Blake), 3:35 , (pp). 7, CGY, Cammalleri 5 (Aucoin, Glencross), 10:13 , (pp).
1st period - Pardy, CGY (hooking), 7:57 ; Bench, CGY (too many men), 13:05 ; Bertuzzi, CGY (high sticking), 16:07 ; Phaneuf, CGY (cross checking), 20:00 ; Staubitz, SJ (slashing), 20:00.
2nd period - Michalek, SJ (hooking), 3:03 ; Cammalleri, CGY (tripping), 13:21.
3rd period - Pardy, CGY (delay of game – puck over glass), 1:59; Bourque, CGY (hooking), 3:13; Langkow, CGY (tripping), 6:06; Shelley, SJ (tripping), 7:18; Shelley, SJ (interference), 9:50; Boyd, CGY (hooking), 13:11; Bertuzzi, CGY (roughing), 19:59; Staubitz, SJ (roughing), 19:59.
Shots Saves
CGY - Kiprusoff 20 16
CGY - McElhinney 26 24
SJ - Boucher 24 23
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
CGY 5 8 11 24
SJ 20 15 11 46
Power Play Conversion
CGY 1 of 4
SJ 4 of 9
3 Stars of the Game
Dan Boyle
Joe Pavelski
Milan Michalek
Referees: Fraser, Pollock. Linesmen: Cherrey, Galloway.

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