San Jose Stays Hot, Calgary Goes Cold, Sharks Douse The Flames 4-3.

Posted: February 27, 2011 in San Jose Sharks

What’s up sports fans? The Sharks were on a roll coming into Calgary, and they were hoping to stay that way. By the start of the game things looked good. Devin Stegoguchi scored first with 3:34 in the first period to take a 1-0 lead over Calgary. The Sharks are looking good and feeling good until,  Flames defenseman Anton Babchuk hit a less than threatening  shot that somehow got pass Antii Niemi which tied the game.

Sharks continued to apply pressure in the second period, when Kyle Wellwood caromed the puck off his own rebound passed Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff which gave San Jose a 2-1 lead. The goal came as a response to a Joe Pavelski attempt that Kiprusoff foiled. The Sharks response to that goal was the way the game went Friday night.  Sharks showing resilience and not allowing Calgary to take them out of the game psychologically. It was 15:54 in the second period when Ollie Jokinen sent a pass to David Moss and he rifled the puck by Niemi for the score, it tied the game up a second time and the Sharks would have to prove that their road wins weren’t a fluke.

Niklas Hagman received a pass from Brendan Morrison, Hagman was able to send a shot in the upper corner of the goal and Antii Niemi tried but wasn’t able to stop it and the Flames go up 3-2. To make matters worse Ryan Clowe got himself into trouble with a holding penalty and then added unsportsman like conduct so the team gave up extra time and Calgary tried to take advantage during their power-play.  “He took four minutes, it’s not a good feeling for a player,” San Jose’s Devin Setoguchi said. The Sharks defended well and paid for the double minor, Patrick Marleau and Clowe felt it was redemption time.  “We gave him an opportunity and he went out and got it done,” San Jose coach Todd McLellan said.

Miikka Kiprusoff finished with 30 saves. San Jose once again were out shot by their opponents 33-24, but they found a way to win. With 17:26 left in the third period Marleau sent a great pass to Ryan Clowe and he took full advantage by delivering the game tying goal by Kiprusoff.  “It was a great play by Patty Marleau to pass it to me from the corner,” said Clowe, who snapped a shot from the slot past Calgary goalie Miikka Kiprusoff. “I tried to shoot it before Kipper got set. I know that’s a hard shot for the goalie, kind of half way up on the blocker side. It was good to see it go in.” The  game now tied 3-3 in the 4th period resulted in a shoot out which Ryan Clowe scored again.

Antii Niemi had 21 saves and it was back and forth the entire night. The Flames trying to get the win, Clowe redeeming himself, Sharks not lying down in defeat.  “It was a tough loss,” said Hagman, who ended his 16-game goal-scoring drought. “It’s always fun to score, and I haven’t been doing that a lot lately so I cannot lie, it felt good.” Clowe made a fake to his backhand before sliding the puck across to his forehand and placing it into the net. Sharks get another road win and stand alone in first place in the Pacific Western Division by beating the flames 4-3. Remember folks it’s ALLBAYAREASPORTS.COM Bay Area Sports Magnified!


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