San Jose powerplay makes 'em pay

TODD SAELHOF -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 4:56 PM ET


 The San Jose Sharks have plugged in their powerplay -- and it's working just fine.

 The Sharks scored two second-period man-advantage markers, which proved to be the difference in a 4-2 victory over the Calgary Flames yesterday at the Saddledome.

 "We just couldn't kill them," said Flames defenceman Mike Commodore.

 "I don't know if they were undisciplined (penalties) or not -- that's not my call. We want this to be a war. We want this to be a tough game. But you can't give a team like San Jose an opportunity on the powerplay in the playoffs.

 "We gave them (four straight powerplay opportunities in the second period) and they capitalized on two of them."

 Tic-tac-toe, in fact -- as in from Patrick Marleau to Vincent Damphousse to the back of the net for a 3-1 lead at 10:03 of the second period, then Damphousse to Marleau to the back of the net for a 4-1 advantage at 18:47.

 "Vincent Damphousse and Patrick Marleau are elite powerplay players in the National Hockey League," said Flames head coach/GM Darryl Sutter.

 Added Flames penalty-killing specialist Stephane Yelle: "If we kill those penalties, it's still a tight game. We gave them two goals and it stretched the score. Special teams are a big key and we'll be better."

 Tonight, they'll have to be.

 The Sharks are beginning to find the range on the powerplay against the Flames, who killed 22 of the last 23 shorthanded situations heading into yesterday's game.

 "I thought we struggled quite a bit early on the powerplay -- we didn't get set up in their end," said Sharks point man Mike Rathje.

 "We finally settled down and made some good passes and got some good shots."

 The Sharks finished 2-of-6 on the powerplay in Game 4.


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