Game Over

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:19 AM ET


 SUN THREE STARS:

 1. MIIKKA KIPRUSOFF, Flames.

 2. ALEXANDER KOROLYUK, Sharks.

 3. STEVE MONTADOR, Flames.

 TURNING POINT:

 Taking advantage a line change, Steve Montador was the late trailer on the rush and had a wide-open lane to drive before he deposited the game winner, his first NHL playoff goal.

 SAVE OF THE GAME:

 While the Flames were down two men midway through the first period, Jonathan Cheechoo had plenty of time during a one-on-one standoff with Miikka Kiprusoff. Cheechoo zigged and zagged before sending his shot but it was denied by Kiprusoff's outstretched left leg.

 HIT OF THE GAME:

 Shark Niko Dimitrakos was trying to dipsy doodle at the Calgary blueline on a 1-on-2 rush. When Andrew Ference impeded his progress, Dimitrakos spun to make another move but ended up being levelled by Mike Commodore.

 UNSUNG HERO:

 Stephane Yelle blocked as many shots as Miikka Kiprusoff in the clutch 5-on-3 kill in the first period and continued doing it throughout the game.

 SCRATCHES:

 *FLAMES -- LW Dave Lowry was the lone scratched regular. Injured 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), while G Brent Krahn, LW Martin Sonnenberg and D Brennan Evans make up the Black Aces.

 *SHARKS -- San Jose's injured brigade consists of LW Marco Sturm (ankle), while D Rob Davison, C Mark Smith, RW Scott Parker, D Tom Preissing and C Marcel Goc were the healthy scratches.

 WHAT IT MEANS:

 First blood in the best-of-seven Western Conference final. Calgary won in San Jose for the first time since Jan. 3, 2001.

 NOTEWORTHY:

 Chris Simon returned to the Calgary lineup for the first time since suffering a knee injury in the third game of the Vancouver series and started on a line with Stephane Yelle and Chris Clark. He took the spot of Matthew Lombardi, likely a concussion victim after the elbow to the chops he took from Detroit's Derian Hatcher in the finale of that series ... Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff, who went into the game with a shutout string of 149 minutes and 11 seconds, had it snapped at 170:34 ... Krzysztof Oliwa's goal snapped an 11-game drought in which the Flames failed to score a first-period tally ... Jarome Iginla didn't register a shot on goal in regulation but got one in the OT and set up the winner ... San Jose set a franchise record for shots on goal in a playoff game, 52.


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