CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -- Shean Donovan made the most of his first penalty shot.
"I don't ever remember taking a penalty shot before at any
level," he said.
Donovan should have good memories of this one as it lifted the
Calgary Flames to a 3-1 victory Tuesday night that snapped the San
Jose Sharks' five-game winning streak.
With the game tied 1-1 and 54 seconds left in the period,
Donovan was awarded the penalty shot when defenseman Scott Hannan
took out his feet as he skated in on Vesa Toskala.
On the penalty shot, Donovan faked to his backhand before
pulling the puck to his right and slipping it under Toskala's left
"I went to the other side and hit a little hole beside his pad
and got lucky," Donovan said.
It was Donovan's fourth goal in three games, moving him into a
tie with rookie Matthew Lombardi for the team lead with six.
Donovan had only five goals in 65 games last season.
"That was a hell of a move he scored on," Flames assistant
coach Jim Playfair said.
Jarome Iginla scored his first goal at home this season and
Martin Gelinas added one into an empty net for Calgary, which
earned 10 of a possible 12 points on a six-game homestand
"That's a good homestand, and what I like is we played
different styles of games," Iginla said. "We want to play our way
but not every night it's going to go our way.
"We came from behind in some of the games, a couple were higher
scoring than we're used to, but we found ways to stick with it and
get points, get wins, and get ties."
Jonathan Cheechoo scored for the Sharks, who lost in regulation
for the first time in 10 road games (5-1-3-1) and just the second
time in 16 overall (7-2-5-2).
"Anytime a streak comes to an end, it's disappointing,"
forward Patrick Marleau said. "Calgary was jumping tonight. They
came out and played their system, chipped pucks, and got their
opportunities on some mistakes we made and capitalized on those."
After a scoreless first period, the Flames took the lead at
11:22 of the second.
Off a faceoff in Calgary's own end, Flames defenseman Jordan
Leopold neatly banked the puck out to center ice off the boards.
The loose puck was picked up by Iginla, who had bowled past
flat-footed defenseman Rob Davison at the Calgary blue line.
On a breakaway, Iginla squeezed a shot through Toskala's pads.
San Jose tied it six minutes later when Marco Sturm stepped
around defenseman Toni Lydman and set up Cheechoo in the slot for
his seventh goal.
That was the only one allowed by Mikka Kiprusoff, a former
Sharks goalie who won his third game in four starts since joining
the Flames in a Nov. 16 trade.
His best save was a pad stop off Marleau on a two-on-one early
in the third period after a set up by Sturm.
After selling out the previous home game against Vancouver on
Saturday, the Flames drew only 13,059. That was nearly 800 fewer
than their earlier attendance low of 13,839 against Minnesota on
^Notes@: NHL shooters are 5-for-15 on penalty shots this season. ...
Calgary's last penalty shot was also against Toskala, last March
15, but Iginla was stopped in a 3-2 loss in San Jose. ... The
Flames last successful shot was April 2, 2002, when Scott Nichol
beat Atlanta's Milan Hnlicka. ... San Jose D Mike Rathje returned
to the lineup after missing one game with an eye injury.
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Arena: Scotiabank Saddledome Location: Calgary, Alberta
Referees: Greg Kimmerly, Michael McGeough Linesmen: Lyle Seitz, Mark Wheler
Attendance: 13,059 (67.7% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
No scoring this period
Jarome Iginla (5)
Assists: Jordan Leopold, Craig Conroy
Jonathan Cheechoo (7)
Assists: Marco Sturm, Mike Ricci