NHL Game Summary - Calgary at San Jose
(Thursday, January 15th)
Final Score: Calgary 3, San Jose 2
San Jose, CA (Sports Network) - Dion Phaneuf scored with 3:57 remaining in the contest, as the Calgary Flames dealt San Jose its first regulation loss of the season with a 3-2 defeat of the Sharks at HP Pavilion.
The Sharks had not lost at home in regulation in 22 games (20-0-2) this season, and in 31 consecutive contests (28-0-3) dating back to last season. San Jose's last regulation home loss came on February 14, 2008, a 3-2 loss to Edmonton.
Craig Conroy and Daymond Langkow also scored for the Northwest Division- leading Flames, who have won four in a row and 9-of-10 overall. Miikka Kiprusoff was stellar between the pipes for Calgary, stopping 33 shots, including all eight he faced in the final period.
Joe Thornton and Ryane Clowe scored for Pacific Division and Western Conference-leading San Jose, which had a three-game win streak snapped. Evgeni Nabokov made 28 saves in the loss.
With the score tied 2-2, each team had several scoring chances in the third period, and one Sharks shot hit the left post, bounced to the right post and fell into the crease, short of the goal line.
But as time wound down, Calgary built up pressure in its offensive zone, and Rene Bourque dumped the puck around the back boards from the left side. Langkow picked it up behind the net, then dished to the right circle. Phaneuf let go a shot from there, and it sneaked between Nabokov and the right post with 3:57 left for a 3-2 Flames lead.
San Jose tried to net the equalizer down the stretch, and even had a 6-on-4 situation with 4.3 seconds left, but didn't have a quality scoring chance as Calgary held on for the win.
Clowe put the Sharks on the scoreboard one minute into the game, when Dan Boyle sent a pass out front for a one-timer.
San Jose held the 1-0 lead into the second period, though Conroy stuffed in a rebound 2:02 into the middle frame to tie the contest. Thornton made it a 2-1 Sharks lead at the 6:57 mark, when he skated across the right circle into the slot and swiped a shot under Kiprusoff's leg.
But while on the power play, the Flames evened the game once more, when a pass was deflected off Langkow's blade over Nabokov at 9:35.
San Jose went 0-for-5 on power-play chances, while Calgary was 1-for-5...San Jose hosts Detroit on Saturday...Calgary hosts Phoenix on Saturday.
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