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Sharks take 8th road win in February
Clowe's big night helps Shark set record
2/25/11 - By Mike Lee -

The Sharks set a franchise record for most road wins in a month, by beating the Calgary Flames 4-3 in a shootout on Friday night in Alberta. Ryane Clowe atoned for bad four minute penalty earlier in the game by scoring the only goal in the shootout as San Jose won for the 8th time away from HP Pavilion this month. On top of the shootout winner, Clowe scored his 18th goal of the season late in regulation, as well as a two punch decision over Tim Jackman.

Clowe’s heroics would help San Jose close out the month with an 11-2-0 record, jettisoning them into the Pacific Division lead. The Sharks also find themselves just 2 points behind the Detroit Red Wings for the 2nd spot in the Western Conference.

The Flames were 17-5-5 in their last 27 games, but even with that red hot record Calgary sat in the 10th spot in the Western Conference standings entering Friday night’s game.

San Jose would draw first blood, when Devin Setoguchi punched home his own rebound 3:34 into the game. Logan Couture fed the Sharks forward in the slot, before Setoguchi put a shot on Miikka Kiprusoff from 8 feet out. Kiprusoff made the initial save, but Setoguchi kept his nose down as he drove to the net to get his stick on the puck for the follow-up shot.

The goal was Setoguchi’s 11th in his last 14 games, and his 18th of the season.

The Sharks were cruising along through the remainder of the period, holding the Flames to a single shot on goal through the first 11 minutes of the game. The defense became a little complacent at the end of the period and it would cost the Sharks.

Anton Babchuk would tie the game late in the period, on a routine shot from the high slot that fooled Sharks netminder Antti Niemi. Babchuk entered the Sharks zone surrounded by three Shark defenders who failed to collapse on the Flame. He fired a long shot that sailed over Niemi’s right shoulder for his 10th goal of the season.

The Sharks were jobbed with 3.3 seconds left in the period when a would be goal by Niklas Wallin was waived off after referee Kyle Rehman lost sight of the puck and whistled the play dead. Ben Eager pumped a shot on net that Kiprusoff clearly dropped. As the puck sat clearly next to the Flames netminder, Wallin crashed in on net and swept the puck home, but Rehman was positioned on the opposite side of the netminder and couldn’t see the puck.

San Jose would reclaim the lead at 9:37 of the 2nd period on a feed from Jamal Mayers. Joe Pavelski fired a shot on goal from the right side that Kiprusoff kicked back out to the top of the right circle. Mayers scooped up the big rebound then centered the puck to the slot where Wellwood was parked for the shot from the Flames doorstep. Kiprusoff made the initial save on Wellwood, but couldn’t control the putback.

Rene Bourque just missed re-tying the game after his one-time chance from the left side was stopped by Niemi. The Flames forward cut through the slot as a pass hit him in stride for a prime scoring chance.

Calgary would re-ty the game two minutes later when David Moss cranked a shot from the top of the right circle. The Flames carried the puck up ice on a breakout with speed. Olli Jokinen hit Moss with a pass at the Sharks blueline, before the Flames forward uncorked his 14th goal of the season.

Niklas Hagman would give Calgary the lead with 2:30 to play in the period, after he undressed Wallin with a move in the slot. The Flames forward took a drop pass from Brendan Morrison then drew the puck from his right to his left after faking out Wallin. Hagman would finish off the play by lifting a shot over Niemi’s right shoulder for his 10th goal of the season.

Clowe would make matters worse by taking a holding penalty with 42.3 seconds before the 2nd intermission, then earned an extra two minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct after barking at referee Kevin Pollack.

With Calgary’s potent power play armed with a 4 minute power play the Sharks had to pin their ears back and weather the storm. They would kill off the lengthy power play by limiting the Flames to a single shot on goal.

San Jose would fare no better on the power play after Robyn Regher was sent off for high sticking Torrey Mitchell. The Sharks would fail to generate a single shot on goal during the man-advantage. A Matt Stajan slashing penalty would put the Sharks right back on the power play, but San Jose would do little with the opportunity.

Dany Heatley would uncork a 20 foot shot from the slot with 6:24 remaining in regulation, but Kiprusoff snuffed out the chance by swallowing up the shot. Kiprusoff would come up even bigger on Marc-Edouard Vlasic on the backend of sequence that saw the Sharks put 4 shots on net within a three second span. Kiprusoff was forced to dive across the top of the crease to keep Vlasic’s 12 foot shot out of the Calgary net.

Clowe would tie the game with 2:34 left in regulation after a ferocious push by the Sharks late. Patrick Marleau sent a pass to the slot from the right corner that Clowe one-timed past Kiprusoff for the dramatic equalizer.

In the overtime period, San Jose was the aggressor. Pavelski had a great chance to end things when his backhand chance was turned aside b Kiprusoff. Setoguchi would follow that up with another backhand chance that hit the side of the Flames net.

In the shootout, the sharks went first and immediately flubbed when Wellwood lost the puck on his way to the net and Kiprusoff poke checked it clear. Rene Bourque pump a shot that Niemi would stop. Paelski would miss the net with a snap shot from 8 feet out. Alex Tanguay also tried a snap shot that Niemi controlled.

Clowe fooled everyone including Kiprusoff by abandoning his patented backhand moveand scoring with a deek to the forehand. Jokinen would swing wide right then try lifting a shot over Niemi’s right pad, but the sharks netminder would stone his countryman to end it.

Game Notes:

Defenseman Dan Boyle missed his first game of the year after he suffered an upper-body injury in Pittsburgh on Wednesday.


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1 2 3 OT SO T
SJ 1 1 1 0 1 4
CGY 1 2 0 0 0 3
1st period - 1, Setoguchi 18 (Couture), 3:34. 2, CGY, Babchuk 10 (Staios), 18:05.
2nd period - 3, SJ, Wellwood 3 (Mayers, Pavelski), 9:37. 4, CGY, Moss 14 (Jokinen), 15:54. 5, CGY, Hagman 10 (Morison, Tanguay), 17:30.
3rd period - 6, SJ, Clowe 18 (Marleau, Heatley), 17:26.
Overtime - None.
Shootout - SJ: Wellwood (miss), Pavelski (miss), Clowe (goal). CGYJ: Bourque (miss), Tanguay (miss), Jokinen (miss).
1st period - Eager, SJ (fighting major), 2:07; Jackman, CGY (fighting major), 2:07; White, SJ (hooking), 3:43.
2nd period - Clowe, SJ (fighting major), 9:44; Jackman, CGY (fighting major), 9:44; Clowe, SJ (holding), 19:17; Clowe, SJ (unsportsmanlike conduct), 19:17.
3rd period - Regehr, CGY (high sticking), 4:03; Stajan, CGY (slashing), 6:21.
Overtime - None.
Shots Saves
SJ - Niemi 24 21
CGY - Kiprusoff 33 30
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
SJ 10 10 11 2 33
CGY 9 8 5 2 24
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 2
CGY 0 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
Miikka Kiprusoff
Joe Thornton
David Moss
Referees: Pollock, Rehman. Linesmen: Galloway, Schachte.
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