The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Sharks
As expected, Alex Tanguay played in his first game since Dec. 20th. The winger suffered an upper body injury in that game and was sidelined for 15 games as a result.
He put in 17:37 of work, put two shots on net and won both of his draws.
Both teams played a tight, defensively sound game and were very disciplined.
There were only five penalties called in total. San Jose was nabbed twice while the Flames took three minors.
The Flames dominated in terms of the quantity of scoring chances in the first period but the Sharks were just millimeters away from opening the scoring with about a minute left in the frame.
With the always-dangerous Patrick Marleau and Logan Couture hovering around the net looking to pounce on the errant puck, Miikka Kiprusoff and Scott Hannan combined to keep the game a scoreless draw after 20 minutes of play.
The Flames registered eight shots on net in the opening frame and generally controlled the play throughout that period.
However, in the second stanza, the Sharks took over and held Calgary to just three shots on net. San Jose wired 11 at Kiprusoff but the netminder was up to the task, turning away every single one.
San Jose broke the scoreless deadlock at 11:35 of the third period when Benn Ferriero was able to capitalize on an errant puck.
The Flames weren't able to find the equalizer and dropped their fifth straight against the Sharks.