Korky proves mettle

TODD SAELHOF -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 4:01 PM ET


 Alex Korolyuk raised the ire of the Calgary Flames in the late stages of Game 3 last night at the Saddledome.

 Chris Simon tried to bear-hug the San Jose Sharks smurf.

 As did Jarome Iginla.

 With two goals and an assist, Korolyuk propelled the Sharks to a 3-0 shutout as they climbed back into the Western Conference final.

 "Korky's played unbelievable and he's been playing really good in the playoffs for us so far," said Sharks playoff veteran Vinny Damphousse. "He deserved a little more ice time and powerplay time. He's really come through for us.

 "He was a sparkplug for us."

 Particularly for Damphousse and Patrick Marleau, his new linemates last night. It was Damphousse's second-period goal, a well-placed backhander to finish a Sharks rush, that proved the difference on the scoreboard.

 Korolyuk stopped at the top of the right-wing faceoff circle, waited for a trailing Damphousse and made a perfect pass.

 "Definitely, he was a spark for us," Marleau said. "He was out there creating things every shift and everybody on our line and on our team was feeding off that."

 Korolyuk scored the insurance marker on a nifty breakaway move to beat Miikka Kiprusoff with 1:50 remaining in the game. And then, after tripping up Jarome Iginla with no penalty called, the shifty Russian rounded out scoring with an empty-net goal.

 But he paused before scoring and that got the goat of the Flames.

 The Sharks said he was trying to get Marleau the puck for a goal to match both his and Damphousse's on the night.


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