Period by period

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 5:09 PM ET


 FIRST PERIOD:

 Flames winger Marcus Nilson races down the ice and rattles the puck off a pair of Sharks defenders, past San Jose goalie Evgeni Nabokov for a 1-0 lead just 20 seconds in.

 The Flames' fourth line produces another decent scoring chance minutes later, with Krzysztof Oliwa attempting to slide a pass by a Sharks defender to Chuck Kobasew in the slot but it never finds the target.

 Eight minutes in, Sharks defenceman Scott Hannan feeds winger Alexander Korolyuk, who can't bury his team's best chance.

 At 10:35, Ville Nieminen feeds a long pass to Nilson, who dishes the puck back to linemate Shean Donovan, sending the winger racing in alone on Nabokov, niftily deking the goalie out of position before depositing the puck for a 2-0 lead.

 Flames winger Chris Clark hauls down Sharks' Jonathan Cheechoo at mid-ice at 11:42, providing the Sharks with the game's first powerplay. Vincent Damphousse's high-sticking penalty behind Calgary's net at 11:59 produces a four-on-four.

 With room to work, Flames winger Jarome Iginla steals the puck along the boards behind the Sharks goal and feeds centreman Craig Conroy in front but he fires the puck wide.

 In the final minutes of the period, Martin Gelinas feeds Andrew Ference streaking in from the blueline but the shot is handled by Nabokov. Iginla also receives a feed from Conroy, snapping a quick shot that hits Nabokov.

 The Flames finish with an 8-4 shot advantage while the teal-toting faithful shower the Sharks with boos as they skate off the ice.

 * FIRST PERIOD STAR: Shean Dovovan, Calgary.

 SECOND PERIOD:

 Scott Thornton gets the Sharks' best chance early, lifting a backhander from close range that Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff handles.

 Sharks' Nils Ekman, from behind the Flames' net, slides a pass to Alyn McCauley, who one-times the puck over Kiprusoff's glove hand to reduce the Flames lead to 2-1 at 5:26.

 Sharks defenceman Tom Preissing appears to have Kiprusoff beaten but fires a shot off the side of the net facing a half-open cage.

 Sharks' Nicholas Dimitrakos' elbowing penalty at 6:50 gives the Flames their second powerplay. Jarome Iginla's slapshot off the end boards bounces in front to Craig Conroy, who is denied by Nabokov's quick glove hand at 7:30.

 Midway through the period, Dimitrakos goes around the net and appears to have Kiprusoff out of position but the Flames goalie makes blocker save.

 At 14:53, Chris Simon is handed a curious roughing call while being checked by Mike Ricci, sending the Sharks on another man-advantage but they fail to produce a shot on net.

 The Sharks enjoy an 8-6 shots advantage in the middle frame while out-chancing the Flames by a 2-1 ratio, although Calgary owns a one-goal lead.

 * SECOND-PERIOD STAR: Miikka Kiprusoff, Calgary.

 THIRD PERIOD:

 Sharks winger Jonathan Cheechoo takes advantage of Calgary's shoddy line change just two minutes in, slipping in down the right wing and around the back of the net, catching Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff out of position. But defenceman Andrew Ference gets to the far post in time to stop Cheechoo's wraparound attempt.

 A pass from Craig Conroy to Flames captain Jarome Iginla in the slot gives Calgary its first chance of the final period but Nabokov turns aside Iginla's snapshot.

 Twelve minutes in, Nicholas Dimitrakos fires a shot Kiprusoff stops with his chest while Vincent Damphousse can't bang in the rebound.

 At 12:35, Flames winger Ville Nieminen races down the right wing and, while looking to pass to the slot, rifles a wristshot past Evgeni Nabokov to open a 3-1 lead.

 Just 44 seconds later, Martin Gelinas feeds Iginla with a long pass and he whips home his seventh playoff goal as the Flames go up 4-1.

 * THIRD-PERIOD STAR: Jarome Iginla, Calgary.


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