NHL Game Summary - Calgary at San Jose
(Saturday, December 5th)
Final Score: Calgary 2, San Jose 1
San Jose, CA (Sports Network) - Miikka Kiprusoff made 35 saves to help the Calgary Flames take a 2-1 win over the San Jose Sharks at HP Pavilion.
Olli Jokinen and Daymond Langkow each had a goal for the Flames, who have won five of their last six games.
Ryane Clowe scored the lone goal and Evgeni Nabokov was charged with two goals on 36 shots for the Sharks, who have dropped their past two games.
"It was good for the most part. I think we rang about three or four [shots] off the post. These are games you want to come out on top, especially against a team that comes out hard and plays hard," said Sharks forward Patrick Marleau.
With the score tied in the third, Calgary took the lead 3:36 in as Rene Bourque threw a backhand pass from behind the right side of the net to the front where an uncovered Langkow one-timed it home for a 2-1 lead.
The Flames had a chance to extend their lead later in the third as they had 40 seconds of a 5-on-3 power play, but San Jose was able to keep it a one-goal game.
From there, the Calgary defense held the powerful San Jose offense in check to hang on for the win.
After a scoreless first period that saw the two goaltenders combine for 21 saves, the teams exchanged goals in the second as Clowe got San Jose on the board with his seventh of the year at the 4:28 mark and, six minutes later, Jokinen's sixth of the season tied the game.
Calgary wraps up its six-game road trip in Los Angeles on Monday...San Jose hosts the Kings on Wednesday...Each team won twice in the series last season...Neither team scored on the power play with Calgary having five chances and San Jose three.
12/06 02:36:23 ET