San Jose at Calgary

Langkow scores twice, helps Flames continue hot stretch

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CALGARY, Alberta -- After getting pounded in their previous meeting, the Calgary Flames were determined to get off to a fast start against the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night.

Daymond Langkow scored two goals and the Flames surged past the Sharks 5-2 on Tuesday night.

"Obviously, they embarrassed us in their building and we didn't forget that and we came out and had a great start and won the game," Langkow said.

"We came out with a lot of energy, we were skating well, making smart plays, taking the puck to the net, and getting bodies in front of (Sharks goalie Evgeni) Nabokov, and it paid off for us," Langkow said.

The Flames have been one of the NHL's hottest teams since losing 6-1 to the Sharks on Nov. 13.

Calgary has gone 15-4-3 since then, and kept up its strong play with an impressive performance against the NHL's top team.

Calgary led 2-0 early on goals by Curtis Glencross and Langkow and had a 15-0 edge on shots before San Jose was able to direct its first shot on Miikka Kiprusoff, a bad-angle wrist shot from Mike Grier at 16:51 of the first.

The Flames extended the lead to 3-0 late in the period on Mark Giordano's power-play goal.

Calgary also started the second period strong with Langkow one-timing Rene Bourque's pass behind Evgeni Nabokov at 1:26 to make it 4-0.

Langkow's 16th of the season ended the game for Nabokov, who was pulled for the first time this season by being replaced by Brian Boucher.

Nabokov finished with 14 saves on 18 shots. His record fell to 21-4-4.

"We're all here together and I'll take full responsibility," Nabokov said. "I should have given them a chance to keep it close, and it wasn't close."

Second-period goals by Ryane Clowe and Grier moved the Sharks to 4-2, but that was as close as they would get.

"Obviously, it was no surprise that they wanted to come out hard after that last game and they more or less turned the tables on us to what we did to them in San Jose," Clowe said.

David Moss had the other goal for Calgary, which improved to 8-1-3 in its past 12 games to open up a five-point lead on the Vancouver Canucks atop the Northwest Division.

San Jose lost in regulation for the first time in its past seven games.

The Flames opened the scoring on their 12th shot. On a 2-on-1 rush, Glencross fired a shot that squeezed through Nabokov's pads.

A defensive lapse cost the Sharks on the second goal. Langkow positioned himself directly behind defenseman Christian Ehrhoff at the top of the crease and from there he steered in Todd Bertuzzi's centering pass.

The Flames made it 3-0 when Giordano's rising shot from the blue line found the top corner. Nabokov did not move on the shot because his view was blocked by Moss, who was positioned directly in front of him.

San Jose answered when Clowe slapped in a rebound at 5:30 of the second.

The Sharks connected again when Patrick Marleau stole the puck from Adrian Aucoin and set up Grier's eighth goal of the season at 9:22 of the second.

San Jose continued to pressure in the third but Kiprusoff stood strong. His best save in an 11-shot third period came on a pad stop off Clowe, who was set up perfectly in front for a one-timer by Joe Pavelski.

The Flames added a goal with Moss' 12th at 10:06 of the third.

Notes

  • Iginla played in his 900th career game.
  • Langkow's two-goal effort extended his points streak to six games (five goals, four assists).
  • San Jose entered the game second in the NHL in both most shots for (34.8) and fewest shots against (26.9).
  • San Jose D Douglas Murray (lower body) returned to the lineup after missing two games.
  • San Jose C Joe Thornton had his six-game scoring streak snapped (one goal, 10 assists).
  • San Jose D Rob Blake earned his 500th career assist.
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Calgary's Mark Giordano (left) celebrates his goal with teammate David Moss during the first period.  (AP)
Calgary's Mark Giordano (left) celebrates his goal with teammate David Moss during the first period. (AP)

Scoreboard
San Jose (29-5-5)0202
Calgary  (24-12-4) «3115
Three Stars
D. Moss
CGY


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
M. Giordano
CGY


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
D. Langkow
CGY


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
12:29Curtis Glencross (7), Wrist Shot. Assist: Lombardi, Sarich
16:39Daymond Langkow (13), Tip-In. Assist: Bertuzzi, Bourque
18:33Power Play - Mark Giordano (3), Slap Shot. Assist: Phaneuf, Moss
2ND PERIOD
01:26Daymond Langkow (14), Slap Shot. Assist: Bourque, Pardy
05:30Power Play - Ryane Clowe (17), Slap Shot. Assist: Michalek, Boyle
09:22Short - Mike Grier (8), Tip-In. Assist: Marleau
3RD PERIOD
10:06David Moss (12), Wrist Shot. Assist: Glencross
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
17:03Semenov, 2 min, High-Sticking
2ND PERIOD
03:10Staubitz, 2 min, Holding
04:11Bertuzzi, 2 min, Hooking
04:44Pardy, 2 min, Interference
07:32Goc, 2 min, Slashing
11:08Semenov, 2 min, Roughing
11:08Roy, 2 min, Roughing
13:19Semenov, 2 min, Roughing
13:19Roy, 2 min, Roughing
18:12Moss, 2 min, Delay of Game - Puck Over Glass
3RD PERIOD
05:08Glencross, 2 min, Interference
Shots On Goal
 123T
San Jose4131128
Calgary165728
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Brian Boucher38:3491
Evgeni Nabokov21:26144
Miikka Kiprusoff59:58262
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
San Jose1-for-4
Calgary1-for-3
Game Information
Attendance - 19289
Referees - Gord Dwyer, Bill McCreary
Linesmen - Lonnie Cameron, Andy McElman
 
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