Game Over

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 5:12 PM ET


 SUN THREE STARS:

 1. Shean Donovan, Flames: Goal and an assist.

 2. Jarome Iginla, Flames: Goal and a feisty 60 minutes of work.

 3. Miikka Kiprusoff, Flames: Overshadowed his former teammate Evgeni Nabokov.

 TURNING POINT:

 With the Flames clinging to a 2-1 lead midway through the third period, Ville Nieminen races down the right wing and rips a quick shot over Evgeni Nabokov's blocker for an insurance goal.

 HIT OF THE GAME:

 Early in the game, Flames defenceman Mike Commodore steps up to the blueline to level Sharks winger Alexander Korolyuk.

 SAVE OF THE GAME:

 Sharks forward Nicholas Dimitrakos darts around the back of the net behind Miikka Kiprusoff in the second period and appears to have an open side. But Kiprusoff dashes across the crease, making a blocker save to hang onto a 2-1 lead.

 FIGHT CARD:

 None

 UNSUNG HERO:

 Flames' Mike Commodore recovered from a shaky outing in Game 1 to provide solid defence but left the game after being drilled into the boards from behind. He appeared to sustain a broken nose.

 SCRATCHES:

 FLAMES -- LW Dave Lowry missed a second-straight game due to an unspecified injury. Also on the shelf are C Matthew Lombardi (upper body), D Denis Gauthier (knee), D Toni Lydman (upper body), C Dean McAmmond (back), C Steve Reinprecht (shoulder) and LW Lynn Loyns (ankle). G Brent Krahn, LW Martin Sonnenberg and D Brennan Evans continue to serve as the Black Aces.

 SHARKS -- San Jose went without D Kyle McLaren (upper body) and team sources would not confirm or deny it had anything to do with the "head butt" he allegedly received from Krzysztof Oliwa -- a charge Sharks head coach Ron Wilson said the day before but one McLaren laughed off after the practice. In the lineup when D Rob Davison. LW Marco Sturm (ankle) is the other Shark out, while C Mark Smith, D Jim Fahey, RW Scott Parker and C Marcel Goc were scratched.

 WHAT IT MEANS:

 The Flames take a 2-0 series lead for the first time in the 2004 playoffs and control their best-of-seven Western Conference final heading home for Game 3 Thursday at the Pengrowth Saddledome.

 NOTABLES:

 Marcus Nilson's goal just 20 seconds into the game tied a Flames record for fastest goal from the start of a game held by Joe Mullen in 1986 ... Calgary's penalty killers are now perfect on all 18 chances over the previous six games.


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