NHL Game Summary - San Jose at Calgary
(Friday, March 19th)
Final Score: Calgary 4, San Jose 3
Calgary, AB (Sports Network) - Eric Nystrom's second-period goal proved to be the difference, as the Calgary Flames staved off a late San Jose rally to post a 4-3 win over the Sharks at Pengrowth Saddledome.
Jarome Iginla, Daymond Langkow and Nigel Dawes also tallied for the Flames, who were clobbered, 9-1, the last time these clubs met on January 18 in San Jose.
Calgary is now tied with Detroit for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Red Wings, who have played one fewer game, lost to Edmonton in a shootout on Friday.
"If you don't have emotion and a sense of urgency right now in the situation we're in then I guess we're in trouble, but our emotion level was there tonight," said Calgary head coach Brent Sutter.
Mikael Backlund and Jamal Mayers each collected two assists in the win, while Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff made 25 saves.
Manny Malhotra and Dan Boyle scored in the third to pull the Sharks to within a goal.
Dany Heatley had the other goal for San Jose, which has lost four in a row -- all in regulation -- on its current six-game road trip. The Sharks, who are winless in five straight overall, have watched their once-sizeable cushion in the Pacific Division standings whittled to a precarious three points by the red-hot Phoenix Coyotes, winners in each of their last seven games.
Evgeni Nabokov stopped 20 shots.
Malhotra lit the lamp at the 12-minute mark, and Boyle, sneaking in from his point position, found the back of the net with 1:51 to play and Nabokov present on the bench in favor of an extra skater.
The Sharks continued to press for the equalizer but to no avail.
Calgary struck first when Iginla converted a feed from Matt Stajan to beat Nabokov 3:24 into the contest. Langkow's wrister from the high slot eluded the Sharks' netminder on the glove side at 8:52 of the first period for a 2-0 Flames lead.
Heatley buried a one-timer to put San Jose on the board at the 2:41 mark of the middle frame, but Dawes and Nystrom deposited rebounds two minutes apart later in the second period, the latter coming at 11:03, to give Calgary a three-goal advantage.
"When we make a mistake it seems to find its way to the back of the net," said San Jose head coach Todd McLellan.
Dawes picked up his first goal in 21 games...Calgary has won six of its last eight games...Flames left winger Christopher Higgins missed his third straight game due to a foot injury...Both teams finished 0-for-3 on the power play.
03/20 00:37:10 ET