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Hot Flames send Sharks to seventh straight loss

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -- Robyn Regehr's soft shot fooled goalie
Evgeni Nabokov and stunned the slumping San Jose Sharks.

Regehr scored the go-ahead goal on a harmless-looking wrister in
the third period, and the Calgary Flames sent San Jose to its
seventh straight loss with a 3-2 victory Wednesday night.

With the score tied 1-all midway through the third period, Shean
Donovan worked the puck back to Regehr at the blue line and the
defenseman's low shot was muffed by Nabokov, who stuck out his
glove and missed it completely.

"It was coming right for my glove and unfortunately it just
went right past it," Nabokov said. "It's a bad goal and that's
the reason we lost."

Roman Hamrlik and Tony Amonte also scored for Calgary, which has
won 10 of 11. The Flames tied Vancouver for the top spot in the
Northwest Division with 30 points.

"San Jose's defensemen and forwards do a great job of coming
out and blocking shots, so we were just trying to get shots past
those guys and I was lucky enough to get one through," Regehr
said.

The Sharks got goals from Tom Preissing and Grant Stevenson, who
made his NHL debut. Stevenson is the grandson of Hall of Fame
goalie Glenn Hall.

It was redemption for Regehr, whose holding penalty in the
opening minute of the third period led to a power-play goal by
Stevenson that tied the score at 1.

Stevenson was recalled earlier in the day from Cleveland of the
AHL, where he led the team in goals (eight) and points (16). Hall
was at the game to watch his grandson's debut.

"It's pretty cool," said the 24-year-old Stevenson, a native
of Spruce Grove, Alberta. "Getting to be in the starting lineup to
start the game, then to be able to get a goal with all my family
here, that felt pretty good."

Amonte gave the Flames some insurance at 16:27 of the third
period, jamming in a rebound to make it 3-1 after Nabokov stopped
Darren McCarty's slap shot.

The extra goal turned out to be pivotal when Preissing scored
with seven seconds remaining after Nabokov was pulled, cutting it
to 3-2.

"It was a tough game right from the start, those guys were
hungry and played hard," Amonte said. "It was probably one of our
tougher games all season, a game you had to grind it out, you knew
there wasn't going to be a lot of scoring, and we got the breaks in
the end."

Three of San Jose's seven consecutive losses have come in
shootouts.

After getting the night off Monday in Calgary's 3-2 win at
Colorado, Miikka Kiprusoff returned to the net and made 20 saves.

Kiprusoff's best stop came with the score tied 1-all in the
third. With the Sharks breaking in on a 2-on-1, Kiprusoff slid
across in an acrobatic move to get his blocker on a shot by Mark
Smith after he was set up with what appeared to be an open net on
Milan Michalek's pass.

"I just tried to get it away as quick as I could and try to
beat him before he came across," Smith said. "If I bury that,
it's a whole different game. Then they came down and score after
that, it's a heartbreaker."

Nabokov, who finished with 22 stops, is winless in five games
since returning from a shoulder injury.

With San Jose down 1-0, Patrick Marleau's shot from the blue
line hit a crowd in front of the Flames' net and the puck caromed
to out to Stevenson, who quickly fired it past Kiprusoff from the
slot.

Calgary opened the scoring at 11:35 of the second period. Jarome
Iginla crossed the Sharks' blue line and dropped the puck to
Hamrlik, who skated in and fired a hard slap shot from the top of
the faceoff circle over Nabokov's shoulder.

Game notes
Donovan, who returned to the lineup after being a healthy
scratch the previous game, has gone 21 games without a goal. ...
San Jose LW Nils Ekman was a scratch for the third time in four
games. Ekman was second on the Sharks with 55 points in the 2003-04
season.