NHL Game Summary - San Jose at Calgary|
(Sunday, October 24th)
Final Score: Calgary 4, San Jose 0
Calgary, AB (Sports Network) - Miikka Kiprusoff made 27 saves for his second
shutout of the season, and the Calgary Flames scored four goals in the first
period to post a 4-0 victory over the San Jose Sharks at Scotiabank
Rene Bourque scored two goals to give him five in the last two games for the
Flames, who have won four of five and have tallied 10 goals in their last two
games after scoring 11 in their first six. Kiprusoff, meanwhile, notched his
36th career shutout.
"Whether we scored or not we were playing well," said Flames head coach Brent
Sutter. "We were able to have the emotion level we wanted to have. We took
advantage of the opportunities and made the most of them."
Jarome Iginla and Craig Conroy also scored for Calgary, which began a five-
Joe Pavelski registered six shots on goal for the Sharks, who had won their
last two. Antti Niemi allowed three goals on five shots before giving way to
Antero Niittymaki, who made 24 saves.
Calgary started quickly, beating Niemi three times on five shots to knock San
Jose's netminder out of the contest.
After Bourque's first tally at 4:12, Iginla took a trailing pass from Alex
Tanguay and beat Niemi high and to the right from the inside of the left
circle with just 6:01 played in the game.
Only 2 1/2 minutes later, Conroy's second tally of the year made it 3-0, so
Niittymaki came in for the Sharks.
It didn't get much better, as Calgary padded its lead on Bourque's shot from
the top of the slot. Niittymaki wasn't screened, but the puck trickled through
his legs and snuck inside the left post with 8:13 left in the first period.
"In the first period there probably could have been two pucks on the ice and
we wouldn't have had either one of them," said Sharks head coach Todd
McLellan. "We weren't playing the way we're supposed to play as far as the
system went, and it was very disappointing."
San Jose had a pair of power play opportunities in the second period, but
couldn't take advantage, as Kiprusoff sent away all 12 shots that went his
way. The Sharks' offense barely threatened in the final period, and Calgary's
goaltender turned away all nine shots to preserve the whitewash.
The Flames are 29-for-32 on the penalty kill this season...The teams have
split four games in each of the last two seasons...Calgary improved to 3-1
this season at home.
10/24 23:16:33 ET