SUN THREE STARS:
1. Patrick Marleau, Sharks. Dominant performance by young Team Canada star and San Jose's captain.
2. Vincent Damphousse, Sharks. Great creativity in offensive zone.
3. Scott Hannan, Sharks. Shut down Flames forwards all day.
G Miikka Kiprusoff stopped a San Jose dump-in, left the puck behind the net, then collided with D Robyn Regehr. RW Jonathan Cheechoo swooped in to pick up the puck and scored on a wraparound. The goal came just 39 seconds after Calgary scored.
SAVE OF THE GAME:
Trailing 4-1 early in the third, C Craig Conroy let a shot go from the slot that RW Jarome Iginla tipped in front of G Evgeni Nabokov. The Russian goaltender, who faced 16 shots in the final frame, got his stick on the redirection.
HIT OF THE GAME:
D Jason Marshall clotheslined LW Martin Gelinas early in the second period, sending the Flames forward awkwardly into the boards. Marshall was given a roughing penalty on the play but the Flames were unable to capitalize.
Flames F Marcus Nilson was in the Sharks' faces throughout the game. The gritty Swede laid out some hits while agitating San Jose's top forwards.
LW Ville Nieminen and D Jason Marshall dropped the gloves late in the second period, although few punches landed.
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) and C Dean McAmmond (back) are both out for the season. Healthy scratches included LW Krzysztof Oliwa, D Brennan Evans, LW Lynn Loyns, LW Martin Sonnenberg and G Brent Krahn.
SHARKS -- RW Niko Dimitrakos, C Mark Smith, RW Scott Parker, D Tom Preissing, D Jim Fahey and G Nolan Schaefer were healthy scratches.
WHAT IT MEANS:
For the third straight series, the Flames face a best-of-three affair with the opposition holding home-ice advantage.
Flames F Chris Simon led all shooters with five shots on net ... Simon's 5-on-3 powerplay goal with 40 seconds left snapped an 0-for-24 drought ... Roman Turek replaced Miikka Kiprusoff between the pipes to start the third period and was tested only three times ... San Jose has outscored its opponent 19-5 in the second period during the post-season.
GAME 5 -- Tonight in San Jose, 8 P.M., CBC & Fan 960, Series Tied 2-2
SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun
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