Period by period

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 2:15 PM ET


 FIRST PERIOD:

 In the opening minute, Flames winger Chris Simon rifles a harmless- looking low slapshot from well outside the Sharks blueline that goalie Evgeni Nabokov bobbles.

 Four minutes in, Flames defenceman Rhett Warrener's point shot is tipped by Jarome Iginla in the slot but Nabokov makes the save as Calgary opens an early 4-1 shots-on-goal advantage.

 At the midway point, the Flames turn the puck over in their own end and Jonathan Cheechoo whips a high wrist shot from the top of the left circle that Miikka Kiprusoff grabs with his glove.

 The Flames hold an edge physically, with Dave Lowry leading the charge rocking Sharks defenceman Rob Davison and Mike Rathje.

 At the 14-minute mark, Flames winger Oleg Saprykin gains the Sharks zone and slips a pass to Simon, who rings a backhand high off the post to Nabokov's glove hand, Calgary's best chance of the period.

 Sharks forward Todd Harvey gathers a bouncing puck in the Flames slot and flips a backhand Kiprusoff turns aside.

 Seconds later, Marcus Nilson feeds Shean Donovan from behind the Sharks net but Donovan loses control attempting a shot.

 Sharks forward Wayne Primeau accepts a quick pass from behind the Flames net that Kiprusoff is quick to stop. That was San Jose's best scoring opportunity of the opening period.

 At 18:27, Sharks centre Curtis Brown receives a double-minor for high sticking Nilson, sending the Flames on the first powerplay of the game.

 Craig Conroy steals the puck near centre ice, gains the Sharks zone and slides a pass to Jarome Iginla, who beats Nabokov with a low wrist shot at 18:52 for a 1-0 lead.

 * FIRST-PERIOD STAR: Dave Lowry, Flames.

 SECOND PERIOD:

 With the man-advantage to open the period, Jarome Iginla, stationed in front of the San Jose net, stabs at a point shot from Jordan Leopold in the team's only solid powerplay chance.

 Seconds later, Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff kicks out his right foot to turn aside a Vincent Damphousse chance from close range.

 Flames winger Oleg Saprykin is tagged for interference at 4:40, although the team successfully kills off the penalty.

 Sharks defenceman Jason Marshall tackles Shean Donovan at the San Jose blueline at 12:57, again sending the Flames on the powerplay.

 Curtis Brown digs the puck out of the corner before shovelling a shot at Kiprusoff the Flames goalie smothers.

 In the dying seconds of the man-advantage, Steve Montador whistles a point shot wide and Iginla fails to corral a loose puck in front of Nabokov.

 Kyle McLaren trips Ville Nieminen breaking out of his own zone, again sending out the Flames powerplay, although it fails to generate any great scoring chances.

 The Flames open a 19-9 shots advantage at the 13-minute mark.

 At 13:02, Flames centre Craig Conroy wins a draw near centre ice, feeds a pass to Martin Gelinas who skates in alone on Nabokov, faking a slapshot before sliding a weak wrister through the Sharks goalie's legs for a 2-0 lead.

 The Sharks fight back, with Alyn McCauley retrieving the puck in the Flames slot on a broken play, whipping a shot past Kiprusoff's stick side, reducing Calgary's lead to 2-1 at 16:14.

 The Flames finish the period with a 24-12 shots advantage.

 * SECOND-PERIOD STAR: Craig Conroy, Flames.

 THIRD PERIOD:

 Although the Sharks dominate play early, Chris Clark takes off on a breakaway five minutes into the period yet can't bury the puck past Evgeni Nabokov. He grabs his own rebound and feeds Chuck Kobasew who fails to gain control of the puck.

 With seven minutes remaining, both Craig Conroy and Jarome Iginla fail to bang home an insurance goal from deep in the slot.

 Brad Stuart's point shot with three minutes remaining is juggled by Kiprusoff but he holds on for the faceoff. Robyn Regehr was credited for an empty-net goal with a split-second left.

 * THIRD-PERIOD STAR: Jarome Iginla, Flames.


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