NHL Game Summary - San Jose at Calgary|
(Tuesday, January 6th)
Final Score: Calgary 5, San Jose 2
Calgary, AB (Sports Network) - Daymond Langkow scored twice to lead the
Calgary Flames to a 5-2 win over the San Jose Sharks in a battle of Western
Conference powers at Saddledome.
Curtis Glencross scored once and David Moss had two goals for the Flames, who
have won five straight home games and captured their sixth victory in the last
seven contests overall. Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 26 shots in the victory.
Ryane Clowe and Mike Grier scored for the Sharks, who failed to earn at least
one standings point for only the fifth time this season (29-5-5). Evgeni
Nabokov started for the Sharks and allowed four goals on 18 shots before he
was pulled in the second period. Brian Boucher made nine saves in relief.
The Flames took control early with three goals in the first period.
Calgary opened the scoring at the 12:29 mark when Glencross beat Nabokov with
a wrister from the right circle.
Langkow made it 2-0 with his 13th goal of the campaign. Todd Bertuzzi gained
control of the puck along the rear boards to the right of the net and sent it
to the top of the crease for a direction by Langkow that lit the lamp with
3:21 to play before the first intermission.
Moss' power-play goal at 18:33 capped the three-goal flurry.
Less than two minutes into the middle session, Langkow's second goal of the
game put the Flames ahead 4-0. Rene Bourque hustled down the right-wing side
and won a race for the puck near the half-wall. Bourque put the brakes on
along the outer rim of the circle and fired a cross-ice pass that perfectly
found Langkow's stick for a successful one-timer from the left circle at 1:26.
"We're skating well and making smart plays," said Langkow. "It's nice to
San Jose cut its deficit in half with a pair of goals -- both on special teams
-- later in the second stanza.
First, during a two-man advantage, Clowe's 17th goal at 5:30 got the Sharks on
the scoreboard. A wrist shot from inside the left circle by Milan Michalek was
saved by Kiprusoff, but he allowed a long rebound that caromed to the opposite
side, where Clowe's one-timer from the inner portion of the right circle flew
into the net.
Near the midpoint of the frame, it was Grier's eighth goal that brought the
Sharks within 4-2. Patrick Marleau stole the puck from Calgary defenseman
Adrian Aucoin in the Flames' defensive zone inside the lower left circle.
Marleau then quickly passed the disc into the crease for a direction goal by
Grier at the 9:22 mark.
With 13:20 remaining in regulation, Clowe had a great look from the low slot
with a one-timer following a centering pass from behind the net by Joe
Pavelski, but Kiprusoff made the save.
The scoring was capped by Moss' wrister from the left circle with 9:54 to play
in the contest.
"The preparation level didn't match the competition," said San Jose head coach
Todd McLellan. "I'm very disappointed and I'm going to address some issues."
Calgary head coach Mike Keenan recorded his 650th career victory...Calgary
improved to 14-4-3 at home this season...San Jose has won only twice in its
last 11 trips to Calgary...San Jose defenseman Rob Blake notched the 500th
assist of his career...The Sharks finished 1-for-4 on the power play, while
the Flames were 1-for-3 with the extra skater.
01/07 02:09:21 ET