The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Sharks
Defenceman Scott Hannan returned to the lineup on Tuesday night. The veteran was sidelined for four games with an upper body injury he sustained in Boston.
Rather than scratching a member of his defensive corps, head coach Brent Sutter opted to play seven blueliners and 11 forwards.
Roman Horak, Brett Carson and Paul Byron were relegated to the press box in San Jose.
The Flames headed to the locker room after twenty minutes play in a scoreless draw. There were a couple close calls for the visitors but a very alert Miikka Kiprusoff and the iron kept the Sharks off the board.
Winger Frazer McLaren sent a shot whizzing past Kiprusoff midway through the stanza but it clanged off the post.
The Flames took the lone penalty in the first period and it looked like the Sharks were going to capitalize with the man advantage, Logan Couture's close-range shot bounced off the crossbar and out of harms way.
San Jose also came out hard to start the second period but once again, the Flames handled the pressure and didn't allow a goal in the frame.
Miikka Kiprusoff made three incredible saves in a three-second span in the second stanza, absolutely stymieing the Sharks.
Patrick Marleau kicked off the shooting spree with a hard shot from the side of the net. Michal Handzus followed up by hammering away at the rebound. Then, Jamie McGinn came in and swatted at the errant puck but the netminder threw himself to the ice and managed to cover up and get a whistle.
The Flames lost winger Curtis Glencross early in the second period to a lower body injury. The forward put in 7:29 of ice time in nine shifts. His status remains unknown at this time.
Jarome Iginla and Mike Cammalleri failed to score and the Sharks, who have been lights-out in shootouts this year, capitalized. Handzus and Brent Burns both beat Kiprusoff, handing their team a 2-1 win over Calgary.