Period by period

TODD SAELHOF -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:21 AM ET


 FIRST PERIOD

 The San Jose Sharks threaten early and Patrick Marleau gets a quick chance when he tries a nifty tip of a centring pass despite Steve Montador being draped all over him. Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff makes the first tough save of the game on Marleau's opportunity.

 After Scott Thornton gets tagged with a goaltender interference penalty, the Flames get the first powerplay of the series but are turned away on goalie Evgeni Nabokov's save off Marcus Nilson's long slapshot and Nils Ekman's backcheck of Martin Gelinas on a partial breakaway.

 At even strength and with the Flames pressing, Krzysztof Oliwa corrals an Oleg Saprykin rebound off his skate and bangs the puck into the back of the net for first blood in the game and series.

 Alexander Korolyuk gets the best chance on a Sharks flurry when he steals the puck along the boards, uses two teammates as decoys, goes to the backhand and tries -- unsuccessfully -- to slide a shot low past Kiprusoff.

 The Sharks get a 5-on-3 powerplay when Chris Clark takes an initial minor and Chris Simon takes a retaliatory penalty. Kiprusoff turns away Vincent Damphousse twice from the side of the crease and stuffs Jonathan Cheechoo twice from the top of the crease.

 With four skaters aside and using Robyn Regehr as a decoy on a 2-on-1, Craig Conroy roofs a shot off the water bottle past the short side of Nabokov to give the visitors a 2-0 advantage.

 *FIRST-PERIOD STAR: Miikka Kiprusoff, Calgary.

 SECOND PERIOD

 Miikka Kiprusoff gets a piece of a puck but Mike Ricci toughs it out in tight and whacks it in once it lands on the ice to cut into the Flames' two-goal lead.

 Staring at an open net, Shean Donovan over-directs Ville Nieminen's perfect pass on a 2-on-1 back into the late-sliding Nabokov.

 With just over five minutes remaining in the period, Alexander Korolyuk gets another chance to score in tight but can't hit the bouncing puck. Patrick Marleau follows up with Kiprusoff down but the shot never gets through to the wide-open net and Korolyuk knocks the loose puck wide.

 Off the rebound from a point-shot, Kiprusoff gets his paddle down while on the ice to take away Koroyluk's glorious spin-around shot from the side of the crease.

 Kiprusoff robs Wayne Primeau on another rebound but Primeau's shot moments later is redirected through the legs of Kiprusoff by the onrushing Todd Harvey to net the Sharks second goal and tie up the game.

 *SECOND-PERIOD STAR: Mike Ricci, San Jose.

 THIRD PERIOD

 On an opening Sharks powerplay, Miikka Kiprusoff has difficulty with an easy Vincent Damphousse pass into his crease with Patrick Marleau and Brad Stuart looking to punch in the puck. The same powerplay sees Kiprusoff get a piece of Scott Thornton's bad-angle shot on a Sharks rush and centring feed by Todd Harvey.

 Steve Montador has his stick lifted by Jonathan Cheechoo right in front of the Flames net to allow a quick shot by Thornton that Kiprusoff handles.

 After a Flames powerplay, Chris Simon walks in off the left-wing for a 2-on-1 deke that Evgeni Nabokov takes away from him. But the Flames continue to pressure and Craig Conroy rips a slapshot from the point that beats Nabokov high to the short-side for the go-ahead goal.

 Back-to-back point shots by Jordan Leopold are tipped by Martin Gelinas but Nabokov makes two saves. Oleg Saprykin outmuscles a Sharks d-man and attempts to stuff the puck past Nabokov.

 Alexander Korolyuk finally finds a way to beat Kiprusoff, knuckling a shot from the sideboards that hits Stephane Yelle's stick and lofts up over the outstretched glove of Kiprusoff for the tying goal.

 *THIRD-PERIOD STAR: Craig Conroy, Calgary.

 OVERTIME

 Brad Stuart's soft point-shot is dangerous through traffic but Miikka Kiprusoff is able to turn it aside on the first shot of OT.

 Mike Ricci turns a feed from the corner into a great chance from the slot but lifts the puck wide of the net. Nils Ekman nearly capitalizes on a stickhandling miscue by Kiprusoff but knocks it wide of the net.

 The Flames get their first OT chance seven minutes in when Craig Conroy's centring pass for Jarome Iginla glances off Scott Hannan's skate and goes wide.

 Steve Montador comes late on a rush, takes a feed in the high slot from Iginla and walks in to fire the puck in off the far post to give the Flames the win.

 *OVERTIME STAR: Steve Montador, Calgary.


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