Stars quiet in first game of semifinal

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 5:36 PM ET


 SAN JOSE -- The showdown between the marquee players didn't unfold.

 Both Jarome Iginla and Patrick Marleau were quiet in Game 1 of the Western Conference final.

 Although the series opener provided seven goals, the combination of the stars who wear No. 12 didn't exactly deliver much offence.

 Iginla registered only one shot on goal -- and that came in overtime -- but he managed an assist on Steve Montador's game-winning goal.

 All Marleau had to show for his performance was a trio of shots on net.

 Well, three shots and a scratch near his left eye that was dripping blood after yesterday's practice.

 "Oh, just little stuff in the corners," he said.

 Sunday's series opener was a mixed bag for the Sharks captain.

 Marleau, who equalled his career high in the regular season with 28 goals and 59 points, sent a trio of pucks Miikka Kiprusoff's way.

 However, none of them were golden scoring chances.

 His linemates, Vincent Damphousse and Niko Dimitrakos, had seven and two shots, respectively, but they didn't exactly force Kiprusoff to be at his best.

 Still, Marleau isn't too worried about having to elevate his game when the series continues tonight at HP Pavilion.

 "I felt good out there," Marleau, 24. "I got some shots and some missed chances.

 "All in all, you just go out there and work hard, wait for your opportunities and try to capitalize on them."

 Of the games within the game, one is the matchup between Iginla and Marleau.

 Both are team captains. Both are terrific talents. And both are nearing their prime.

 However, the 24-year-old from Aneroid, Sask., vows he's unconcerned about such Hot Stove Lounge fodder.

 "He's trying to play his game, I'm trying to play my game and that's about it," Marleau said. "We just go out there and hope to work hard and hope to the get the bounces."

 Bounces, he believes, will go his way next outing.

 That and a better performance from himself and the rest of the Sharks.

 "We did a lot of good things. It's just learn from the bad mistakes we made," said Marleau, with seven goals and three assists this post-season. "We just have to bury Game 1 and come out with the same kind of effort. If we get back to the way we can play defensively, hopefully we get the win."


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