Calgary won 4-2 (Game 3 of 6)

Calgary won 4-2

Game 1: Sunday, May 9th
Game 2: Tuesday, May 11th
Game 3: Thursday, May 13th
Game 4: Sunday, May 16th
Game 5: Monday, May 17th
Game 6: Wednesday, May 19th

Sharks 3


Flames 0


10:00 PM ET, May 13, 2004

Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

1 2 3 T
SJ 0 1 23
CGY 0 0 00

E. Nabokov (Sharks - G): Saves: 34, Save Pct.: 1.000

J. Iginla (Flames - RW): Goals: 0, Assists: 0

A. Korolyuk (Sharks - LW): Goals: 2, Assists: 1

San Jose at Calgary 10:00 pm EDT

CALGARY, Alberta (Ticker) -- The Calgary Flames can move within one game of advancing to the Stanley Cup Finals when they host the San Jose Sharks in Game Three of the Western Conference finals on Thursday.

Prior to this year, the sixth-seeded Flames had not won a playoff series since 1989 when they won their only championship. They are in the playoffs for the first time since 1996 and already have knocked off the third-seeded Vancouver Canucks and top-seeded Detroit Red Wings.

Calgary scored eight goals in winning the first two games at San Jose, where the second-seeded Sharks had been 5-1 this postseason.

"We feel like this is an opportunity for us," Flames center Craig Conroy said Tuesday. "We'd love to get that 3-0 lead back at home, then just put yourself in the best-case scenario possible."

After opening the series with Sunday's 4-3 overtime triumph, Calgary struck early Tuesday and posted a 4-1 win. Marcus Nilson scored 20 seconds into the game and former Shark Shean Donovan tallied midway through the first period.

Ville Nieminen and Jarome Iginla tallied 44 seconds apart midway through the third period to seal Calgary's seventh road win of the postseason.

San Jose peppered former Shark Miikka Kiprusoff with a team playoff-record 52 shots in the series opener. But on Tuesday, the Sharks managed just 18 shots and a goal by Alyn McCauley.

"We've dug a heck of a hole for ourselves," Sharks coach Ron Wilson said. "But it's not impossible to get out. We have to play a lot better than we did (Tuesday night), try to recapture the style of play that made us successful in the first two rounds."


SAN JOSE: C Vincent Damphousse has scored a goal in five of his last eight games.

CALGARY: RW Jarome Iginla has two goals and four assists during a six-game points streak; LW Martin Gelinas has five goals and four assists in his last 10 games.


SAN JOSE: LW Nils Ekman has two assists in 13 playoff games; C Patrick Marleau has gone five games without a point and six without a goal.

CALGARY: RW Chris Clark has one assist in his last nine games; D Jordan Leopold has just two assists in his last 13 games.

STREAKS: The Flames have split their six home playoff games and two of the wins have been shutouts; San Jose has won three of its five postseason road games.

HISTORY: The Sharks are facing a two games to none deficit for the fifth time in team history and never have rallied to win a series after dropping the first two games.


San Jose - C Patrick Marleau, seven goals; RW Nikos Dimitrakos, eight assists; C Damphousse, 11 points.

Calgary - RW Jarome Iginla, seven goals; C Craig Conroy, seven assists; Iginla, 14 points.


Calgary - C Steven Reinprecht (shoulder); D Denis Gauthier (leg); LW Dean McAmmond (back); D Toni Lydman (concussion); Matthew Lombardi (upper body).

San Jose - RW Scott Parker (hand); RW Marco Sturm (ankle); D Kyle McLaren (upper body)