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Flames ambush flatfooted Sharks
Calgary scores 4, then coasts
1/6/09 - By Mike Lee

With all their early success, the Sharks know that opponents will be gunning from them. How they respond will tell how prepared they are to deal with that success. They didn’t deal with it very well on Tuesday night, kicking off their 3-game road trip through western Canada . Three 1st period goals by the Calgary Flames buried the lifeless Sharks, who lost for the 3rd time in their last 5 games.

The Sharks seemed resolved to keep the puck out of their own net, rather than attack the Flames. San Jose didn’t record a shot on goal until the 17 minute mark of the 1st period.

Calgary on the other hand put plenty of rubber on Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov. Curtis Glencross converted on the Flames 11th shot of the game at 12:29 of the opening period after Devin Setoguchi turned the puck over in the offensive zone. Matthew Lombardi picked Setouchi’s pocket just inside his own blueline, then moved the puck up to Glencoss, who squeezed a shot between Nabokov’s pads for the 1-0 lead.

Damond Langkow made it 2-0 Flames 4 minutes later on a tap in from the top of the crease. Todd Bertuzzi skated the puck out of the right corner, then sent a pass to Langkow for the easy redirect past Nabokov. Sharks defenseman Christian Ehrhoff was caught out of position and failed to get a body on Langkow.

An Alexei Semenov high sticking penalty put the Sharks into the hole right after the Langkow goal, but the Sharks almost got on the board when Patrick Marleau had a breakaway15 seconds into the penalty. Marleau overcommitted on the play and failed to get a got shot on net.

Calgary would capitalize on the power play when Mark Giordano sent the puck in on net from the left point. The shot deflected off Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle and past Nabokov for the big 1st period.

Nabokov would last 1:26 into the 2nd period after his defense hung him out to dry once more. Langkow made it 4-0 on a one-timer off a cross-ice feed from Rene Bourque, after Marcel Goc failed to get back defensively.

Brian Boucher would replace Nabokov, who finished the night with 14 saves on 18 shots.

San Jose would finally get on the board, after Todd Bertuzzi and Adam Pardy were sent off 33 seconds apart midway through the period. Ryane Clowe collected a big rebound off a Dan Boyle shot, and swept it home.

Mike Grier cut the Flames lead to 4-2 on a short-handed chance after Marleau picked Adrian Aucoin’s pocket in the Calgary zone. Marleau circled toward the net from the left dot and slid a pass to a cutting a cutting Grier in front of the net. Grier got his stick on the pass, deflecting it over Miikaa Kiprusoff’s left shoulder.

A scrum between Semenov and Andre Roy ended with both players going to the box for roughing at 11:08. When the off-setting penalties expired, Roy went after Semenov and engaged him by dropping the gloves. Both players threw several punches, but referees Gord Dwyer and Bill McCreary assessed both players another set of roughing minors, rather than fighting majors.

Clowe just missed on a chance in front of Kiprusoff 7 minutes into the 3rd period after Glencross was sent off for interference. Milan Michalek sent a feed to the slot from behind the Flames net, but Clowe’s shot hit the Calgary netminder in the chest.

David Moss ended any thought of a Sharks comeback with his 12th goal of the year at 10:06. Ehrhoff applied a check to Glencross in the left corner and Goc overcommitted on the play, allowing Moss to gather the puck and put it past Boucher.

Game Notes:

The assist that Rob Blake earned on Clowe’s 2nd period goal was his 500th career helper. The win was Mike Keenan’s 650th victory as an NHL head coach.


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1 2 3 T
SJ 0 2 0 2
CGY 3 1 1 5
1st period - 1, CGY, Glencross 7 (Lombardi), 12:29. 2, CGY, Langkow 13 (Bertuzzi, Bourque), 16:39. 3, CGY, Giordano 3 (Phaneuf, Moss), 18:33, (pp).
2nd period - 4, CGY, Langkow 14 (Bourque, Pardy), 1:26. 5, SJ, Clowe 17 (Boyle, Blake), 5:30, (pp). 6, SJ, Grier 8 (Marleau), 9:22, (sh).
3rd period - 7, CGY, Moss 12 (Glencross), 10:06.
1st period - Semenov, SJ (high sticking), 17:03.
2nd period - Staubitz, SJ (holding), 3:10; Bertuzzi, CGY (hooking), 4:11; Pardy, CGY (interference), 4:44; Goc, SJ (slashing), 7:32; Semenov, SJ (roughing), 11:08; Roy, CGY (roughing), 11:08; Semenov, SJ (roughing), 13:19; Roy, CGY (roughing), 13:19; Moss, CGY (delay of game – puck over glass), 18:12.
3rd period - Glencross, CGY (interference), 5:08.
Shots Saves
SJ - Nabokov 18 14
SJ - Boucher 10 9
CGY - Kiprusoff 28 26
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 4 13 11 28
CGY 16 5 7 28
Power Play Conversion
SJ 1 of 4
CGY 1 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
David Moss
Matt Giordano
Damond Langkow
Referees: Dwyer, McCreary. Linesmen: Cameron, McElman.

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