Rally Caps Lead to Win 

Four Third Period Goals Erase Shark Lead

March 1st, 2002
D'Arcy McGrath

Lowry Conroy Iginla
Niedermayer Yelle Clark
Gelinas Drury Saprykin
Begin Nichol Sloan
Gauthier Ference
Leopold Regehr
Lydman Boughner

Playing the role of the sleeper isn't exactly the dream of each hockey player at the dawn of each hockey season.

But that doesn't mean it doesn't amount to a whole lot of fun.

The Flames turned the tables on the streaking San Jose Sharks last night, scoring four straight third period goals to erase both a Shark 2-0 lead, and much of the Southern California team's playoff momentum.

The game featured some instant revenge for a Flames club that was humbled to the tune of 5-2 to Silicon Valley just five days earlier.

From the outset the game looked to be like many others seen in Calgary this winter, with the home team surrendering an early lead, and then struggling to cash in on their own chances.

The Sharks opened the scoring just 59 seconds in when Niko Dimitrakos beat Roman Turek with a hoisted short side back hand.

Seven minutes later the game looked to already be on ice when Mark Smith found himself all alone in front of Turek and beat the goaltender for a 2-0 Shark lead.

From then on it was pretty much all Calgary. 

The Sharks has six shots in the games first seven minutes, but had only 13 by the game's 57 minute mark. 

2003 Draft Watch

If the draft was held today ...

Pick Team Player*
1 Carolina M.-A. Fleury
2 Atlanta Milan Michalek
3 Buffalo Nikolai Zherdev
4 Calgary Nathan Horton
5 Columbus Braydon Coburn
*ranking: Red Line 2/26/03

The Flames out shot the Sharks by 10-6 and 8-4 margins through two periods but failed to get on the scoreboard.

All that changed in the third.

The club's second line - yes that's right, a second line - featuring Chris Drury, Oleg Saprykin and Martin Gelinas was the club's best all night, but they stepped it up another notch in the third, scoring three times.

First Chris Drury jumped on a deflected pass, spun and fired a low shot past Evgeni Nabokov's inside pad and into the cage to cut the lead to one.

Three minutes later Martin Gelinas deflected a hard Oleg Saprykin pass past Nabokov to square the score at two.

The clubs' topline went to work to put the team ahead when Jarome Iginla found Craig Conroy in the slot, and Conroy made no mistake sliding a low shot into the cage to make it 3-2 Calgary.

The Flames found an insurance market with two minutes to play when Saprykin found Drury cruising through the slot and slipped him a pass from behind the net. Drury beat Nabokov to make it 4-2.

The Sharks scored a late one to make it 4-3 but with just 2.4 seconds left on the clock there was no time left to press for a tie.

The game ended on a sour note when Shark captain Owen Nolan was helped off the ice after taking a cross check from Robyn Regehr. The Shark captain looked to be in a great deal of pain, a fact that may quell many a trade rumour that has the power forward moving East.

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Calgary Flames 4
San Jose Sharks 3

1 Oleg Saprykin - Two assists on the night, but many other chances - was the straw that stirred the drink for Calgary's best line of the night. 

2 Chris Drury - Scored twice, including the winner, and added an assist. 

3 Martin Gelinas - Winger picked up a goal and added two assists.

Some times you just don't know how important a save will be. Three minutes into the third period Roman Turek tossed himself on his side, pads stacked, and thwarted Vincent Damphousse on a chance that would have had the Sharks up by a score of 3-0.

Robyn Regehr was a one man wrecking machine in this one, sending two Sharks hobbling off the ice through the course of the game. In the first period he ended Jim Fahey's evening when he slammed the player into the glass behind the Flames net. Fahey hit his head off the glass, then the ice, and had to leave with a cut.

Reports out of the San Jose locker room last night had Teemu Selanne requesting a trade in the after math of a very disappointing Shark loss. ... The Saddledome was packed last night with 17,500 patrons taking in the action. There must be many a game pack featuring the Sharks game as I can't fathom a walkup of almost 6,500 for a game between two non playoff teams. ... San Jose was ouch for five on the powerplay, Calgary zip for two. ... The Flames tossed 19 shots at the San Jose cage in the third period compared to the 18 shots San Jose managed all night. Final shots were 37-18 Calgary. ... The Flames took 52% of the face off last night (39-36) with Stephane Yelle (15-13, 53%) and Craig Conroy (14-10, 58%) leading the way as per usual. ... Craig Conroy sits 5th league wide in draws with a 58.91% winning percentage. ... Yes it's only for one night, but it was interesting to see the Flames top three lines all play a role in a game, pretty much the roles many foresaw before the dawn of this season. ... The win moves the Flames to within one point of the Columbus Blue Jackets for 14th in the West. It also moves them three points up on both Atlanta and Carolina in the race for the first overall draft pick this summer. Carolina and Calgary have equal number of games played, but Atlanta has two games in hand.


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