SUN THREE STARS:
1. CRAIG CONROY, Flames. Instrumental in the first two Flames goals.
2. MIIKKA KIPRUSOFF, Flames. Made a couple of big stops to keep Flames in front.
3. EVGENI NABOKOV, Sharks. Gave his team a chance with some massive third-period saves.
The Flames hadn't scored a first-period goal at home in the playoffs until Jarome Iginla beat Evgeni Nabokov on a powerplay wrister with 1:08 to play. Considering the team that scored first had won every game in the series, the writing was on the wall.
SAVE OF THE GAME:
The Sharks were shorthanded but had the Flames pinned deep. Sharks forward Curtis Brown somehow came out of a 2-on-4 with the puck and walked out in front of the net. Miikka Kiprusoff stayed with him and made the save, preserving the Flames' momentum and their 1-0 lead.
HIT OF THE GAME:
Dave Lowry made the most of his ice time in the opening period. The veteran ran over Rob Davison in the San Jose end midway through the frame and later blasted Mike Rathje into the boards.
Flames F Oleg Saprykin had a hardhat-worthy game. He used his speed effectively on the forecheck, made some great passes to linemate Chris Simon and even blocked shots.
FLAMES -- D Toni Lydman (concussion) and C Matthew Lombardi (concussion) are day-to-day. D Denis Gauthier (knee) is out indefinitely. C Steve Reinprecht (shoulder), C Dean McAmmond (back) and LW Lynn Loyns (ankle) are out for the season. Healthy scratches included LW Krzysztof Oliwa, D Brennan Evans, LW Martin Sonnenberg and G Brent Krahn.
SHARKS -- RW Nicholas Dimitrakos, C Mark Smith, RW Scott Parker, D Tom Preissing, D Jim Fahey and G Nolan Schaefer were all healthy scratches.
WHAT IT MEANS:
The Flames will get a short breather before facing the winner of the Tampa Bay/Philadelphia series in the Stanley Cup final.
San Jose F Alyn McCauley's second-period goal ended Miikka Kiprusoff's shutout streak at 117:27 ... Aerosmith was in the house and received a huge ovation when they were showed on the Jumbotron ... Chris Simon nearly gave Calgary a 1-0 lead late in the first period but sent a backhander off the post ... Calgary is the first Canadian team in the final since the 1994 Canucks.
SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun
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