Final SO

Series (Game 1 of 4)

Calgary leads 3-1

Game 1: Saturday, October 29th
Game 2: Wednesday, November 23rd
Game 3: Monday, February 6th
Game 4: Saturday, March 4th

Flames 2

(4-7-2, 10 pts)

Sharks 3

(6-5-1, 13 pts)

10:30 PM ET, October 29, 2005

SAP Center, San Jose, California

1 2 3 SO T
CGY 1 0 1 02
SJ 0 0 2 13

J. Cheechoo (Sharks - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

N. Schaefer (Sharks - G): Saves: 23, Save Pct.: .920

N. Ekman (Sharks - RW): Goals: 0, Assists: 0

Calgary (4-7-1) at San Jose (5-5-1) 10:30 pm EDT

Calgary (4-7-1) at San Jose (5-5-1), 10:30 pm EDT

SAN JOSE, California (Ticker) -- Fresh off a thrilling victory, the San Jose Sharks host the Calgary Flames on Saturday in a rematch of the 2004 Western Conference Finals.

In a conference that has been dominated by Detroit, Colorado and Dallas for most of the last decade, San Jose and Calgary became a pair of surprising conference finalists when they engaged in a six-game series that ultimately was won by the Flames.

Calgary won all three of its road games in the series to advance to its first Stanley Cup Final since 1989. The Flames eventually lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning in seven games.

This season, both teams have gotten off to sluggish starts. The Sharks at least have won two straight games following a four-game winless stretch. They are coming off a dramatic triumph vs. Los Angeles on Friday as Jonathan Cheechoo scored the game-winner with 3.7 seconds left.

Rookie Nolan Schaefer made 21 saves to pick up the victory in his first career start for the Sharks, who are currently playing without starting goaltender Evgeni Nabokov (right shoulder injury) and backup Vesa Toskala (groin strain).

Calgary is 1-3-0 on its current five-game road trip, which ends Saturday. The Flames, who have scored only seven goals on their road swing, dropped a 3-2 decision at Phoenix on Thursday. Jarome Iginla and defenseman Andrew Ferrence scored power-play goals in the loss.

The Flames still are just 10-for-82 on the power play this season. The Sharks aren't faring much better, having converted just 9-of-69 chances with the man advantage.