Game Over

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 4:18 PM ET


 SUN THREE STARS:

 1. Evgeni Nabokov, Sharks: Rebounded with a perfect outing.

 2. Miikka Kiprusoff, Flames: Not overly busy but held the Flames in the game.

 3. Vincent Damphousse, Sharks: Potted the game-winner.

 TURNING POINT:

 Vincent Damphousse put the Flames behind for the first time since Game 4 of the previous series when the Sharks veteran slipped a backhander past Miikka Kiprusoff blocker side in the second period. It proved to be all the offence the visitors would need.

 SAVE OF THE GAME:

 Craig Conroy fed a perfect cross-ice pass to a pinching Mike Commodore with just under six minutes to play in the middle frame. The big d-man tried to go top shelf but was denied by Evgeni Nabokov's quick glove.

 HIT OF THE GAME:

 Chris Clark was smashed by a pair of San Jose defenders early in the third but the Flames winger's sacrifice nearly paid off as it allowed Craig Conroy to walk in all alone. Evgeni Nabokov made a huge pad save.

 HARDEST WORKER:

 Flames F Martin Gelinas used his speed to track down loose pucks and his strength to secure possession once he arrived on the scene.

 FIGHT CARD

 Chris Simon and Mike Rathje fought in the last minute.

 SCRATCHES:

 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 Dave Lowry, D Brennan Evans, LW Lynn Loyns, LW Martin Sonnenberg and G Brent Krahn.

 SHARKS -- LW Nils Ekman, C Mark Smith, RW Scott Parker, D Tom Preissing, D Jim Fahey and G Nolan Schaefer were healthy scratches.

 WHAT IT MEANS:

 The Sharks are back in the series but will need another win Sunday to wrestle home-ice 'advantage' back.

 NOTEWORTHY:

 The Flames recognized the NLL champion Calgary Roughnecks during last night's pre-game ceremonies ... Neither team's powerplay has generated a goal in the series. Calgary is 0-for-8 while San Jose has come up empty in nine attempts over the first three games ... F Chris Simon continues to be a marked man. For the third straight game, the power forward picked up a mittful of minors ... Flames fans usually heckle the opposition's goaltender by chanting his name. They've traded that in for a new one: "Ric-ci's u-gly" ... Defencemen Jordan Leopold and Robyn Regehr were tied for the team lead at plus-7 heading into last night. SUN THREE STARS:


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