SUN THREE STARS:
1. JAROME IGINLA, Flames.
2. MIIKKA KIPRUSOFF, Flames.
3. JORDAN LEOPOLD, Flames.
First-period goals by Jarome Iginla and Marcus Nilson coming 2:02 apart not only gave Calgary a 2-0 lead but sparked a Flames squad that needed something productive in the early going to regain their edge.
SAVE OF THE GAME:
Right after Calgary made it a 2-0 game, Todd Harvey worked the corners perfectly and gave Alyn McCauley the kind of chance you have to convert. Instead, McCauley was denied because Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff zipped across the crease in time.
HIT OF THE GAME:
Oleg Saprykin was doing his usual skate backwards out of the zone while receiving a pass. Oh, when will he learn? Saprykin was absolutely levelled when Sharks defenceman Rob Davison stepped up from his point position. Not only that, it created a great scoring chance for San Jose.
Andrew Ference just gains more and more of the coach's confidence -- and deservedly so. The defenceman logged a ton of ice time, was terrific defensively and calmly handled himself in all situations.
FLAMES -- LW Krzysztof Oliwa was the lone scratched regular. Injured are C Matthew Lombardi (upper body), D Denis Gauthier (knee), D Toni Lydman (upper body), C Dean McAmmond (back), C Steve Reinprecht (shoulder) and LW Lynn Loyns (ankle), while G Brent Krahn, LW Martin Sonnenberg and D Brennan Evans remain the Black Aces.
SHARKS -- LW Marco Sturm (ankle) was joined by C Mark Smith, D Jim Fahey, RW Scott Parker, D Tom Preissing and C Marcel Goc. Goc was taken out of the lineup in favour of RW Niko Dimitrakos.
WHAT IT MEANS:
A 3-2 series lead for the Flames, who looked like they were going to be left for dead by the Pacific Division champs. Calgary now has two chances to close out the series.
Flames forward Marcus Nilson was selected for Sweden's 2004 World Cup team. Nilson didn't play for his country at the 2002 Olympics ... In the first two rounds, San Jose allowed only three first-period goals. The Sharks have been victimized for six first-period tallies in the trio of home games ... The Flames have taken Game 5 in all three of their playoff series ... Calgary is now 9-1 this post-season when scoring first and a perfect 4-0 when leading after the first.
RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun
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