Game Over

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:17 AM ET

NEXT GAME: ANAHEIM MIGHTY DUCKS AT CALGARY FLAMES, TOMORROW AT 7 P.M., FAN 960, NO TV

SUN THREE-STARS:

1. Miikka Kiprusoff, Flames -- Another great performance to give his team a chance to win by making 28 saves.

2. Robyn Regehr, Flames -- Had a career-high three helpers.

3. Joe Thornton, Sharks -- Set up two of San Jose's goals and was the best player on the ice.

TURNING POINT:

Evgeni Nabokov's decision to play a puck behind the net with Stephane Yelle on his tail resulted in the Flames' third goal by Chris Simon and gave the visitors a two-goal lead in the second period.

BIG SAVE:

Miikka Kiprusoff was solid for the Flames and his best save was when he stuffed Patrick Marleau from in-close on a nice feed from Joe Thornton.

HARD HIT:

Andrew Ference bloodied Grant Stevenson early in the first period with a hard check in the corner.

UNSUNG HERO:

Stephane Yelle had an assist on Chris Simon's goal and helped keep the Sharks at bay in the third period.

SCRATCHES:

CALGARY -- F Byron Ritchie (knee), D Roman Hamrlik (broken hand), D Bryan Marchment (knee) and F Jason Wiemer (healthy).

SAN JOSE -- F Scott Parker (concussion), D Jim Fahey, (healthy), F Marcel Goc (healthy) and D Doug Murray (healthy).

BURNING QUESTION:

Can the Flames continue to collect timely goals from a varied cast of characters in the last two games before the Olympic break?

WHAT IT MEANS:

The Flames break their goal-scoring drought and win their first regular-season game in San Jose since 2001.

NOTEWORTHY:

Flames defenceman Bryan Marchment had a noticeable limp after running the stairs at the HP Pavilon yesterday but suiting up and skated hard with teammates during the morning skate. He need clearance from doctors to return but isn't expected back in action until after the Olympic break ... The Flames broke out of a scoring slump but captain Jarome Iginla had his three-game point streak snapped.


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