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 contribute."
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.
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