SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Vesa Toskala came within 3 minutes of
his second straight shutout and Milan Michalek scored two goals to
lead the San Jose Sharks past the Calgary Flames 5-1 on Saturday
Toskala, before giving up a late third-period goal to Andrei
Zyuzin, had gone more than 119 minutes without allowing a preseason
goal. He shut out Vancouver on Tuesday and seems to have secured
the starting goalie role in his battle with Evgeni Nabokov.
Jamie McLennan and Brent Krahn combined to record 28 saves on 33
shots as the Flames (3-3-1) closed out their preseason with three
Michalek took the NHL lead when he scored his sixth goal of the
preseason, taking a pass from right wing Steve Bernier and tapping
the puck past McLennan with 1:14 left in the first period. He added
his seventh goal of the preseason and second of the game midway
through the third period.
The Sharks made it 2-0 when Patrick Marleau scored his third
goal of the preseason after grabbing a rebound and catching
McLennan leaning the wrong way.
Bell, the Sharks' top offseason acquisition, ran the score to
3-0 when he scored his first goal of the preseason in the third. It
landed behind Krahn in the upper left corner of the net.
Thornton, the league's reigning MVP, scored on a 5-on-3 power
play when he caught his own rebound and tipped it past Krahn.
Calgary gave starting goalie Miikka Kiprusoff the night off.
Sharks defenseman Christian Ehrhoff left the game midway through
the second period with upper body soreness and was listed as