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San Jose
Sharks
49-23-10
Calgary
Flames
42-30-10

31 SOG
29 SOG
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SJS
CGY
game recap

Flames 5, Sharks 4

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:48 AM

Associated Press

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Flames 5, Sharks 4
San Jose Sharks 4, Calgary Flames 5

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -Two weeks shy of his 36th birthday, Owen Nolan showed he has plenty of game left.

Nolan's 11th NHL hat trick helped the Calgary Flames to their fourth straight victory, a 5-4 win over the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday night.

With the Flames leading 4-2 halfway through the third period, Nolan capped off his first three-goal night since Oct. 4, 1999. He broke to the net and neatly tucked a rebound of Alex Tanguay's shot behind Evgeni Nabokov from in close.

"I was telling the guys in warmup I felt like I was 31 again," said Nolan, signed last summer as an unrestricted free agent. "It was fun tonight."

In addition to showing he still has good hands, the former Shark also showed he can still throw his fists, getting in a spirited fight with Mike Grier in the second period.

"Age is just a number, he always says that, and he showed tonight that he still has lots of game in him," Flames defenseman Dion Phaneuf said.

Nolan's third goal stood up as the game-winner.

San Jose got goals from Patrick Rissmiller and Jonathan Cheechoo 59 seconds apart in the game's final two minutes to get the Sharks within one.

"He (Nolan) was a real leader for us tonight. He was very vocal on the bench, very strong on the ice in all areas - offensively, killing penalties," Flames coach Mike Keenan said. "He's an experienced player who steps up in big games, and tonight's an example of his leadership."

Wayne Primeau and Phaneuf also scored for Calgary, which moved into a tie with the Anaheim Ducks for fifth in the Western Conference. The Flames are one point behind Northwest Division-leading Minnesota.

Patrick Marleau and Tomas Plihal, with his first NHL goal, also scored for San Jose. The Sharks lost in regulation on the road for just the second time in 17 games (13-2-2).

Nolan's second goal was a backbreaker for the Sharks. With San Jose on the power play and trying to cut into a 3-1 deficit, Nabokov skated out of his net to stop the puck near the corner. In attempting to send a pass to Jeremy Roenick, he put the puck right on the stick of Nolan, who promptly slid a shot into the vacant net.

"I should have passed it to the closest guy, but I saw J.R. up the middle and I guess I tried to do too much," Nabokov said. "I was trying to put the puck right up the middle and I fanned on it and it goes in the back of the net."

Nabokov was not the only Sharks player that made a mistake.

San Jose coach Ron Wilson fumed about a pair of poor defensive plays early in the second period that led to goals 26 seconds apart by Nolan and Primeau that gave Calgary its first lead.

"A couple bonehead plays and boom, boom, just like that, it goes from 1-0 for us to 2-1 for them and it took our energy away," Wilson said. "They're just silly elementary mistakes that maybe you make when you're a little bit tired."

San Jose heads home having split its two games in Alberta. The Sharks will kick off a six-game homestand Saturday against Chicago.

"It's getting too close to start giving away points. This one smarts a little bit," Roenick said.

Calgary increased its lead to 3-1 at 17:35 of the second period when Phaneuf ripped a slap shot past Nabokov on a power play. It was the first goal in 18 games for the Flames All-Star defenseman.

Marleau gave San Jose its first-period lead by scoring at 10:39. After his first shot attempt went off the leg of Phaneuf, Marleau got the puck again and snapped a shot inside the far goal post.

Notes: Flames captain Jarome Iginla was held off the score sheet and has now gone eight games without a goal. ... Primeau's goal was his first in 33 games, dating to March 6, 2007. ... Calgary D Anders Eriksson (shoulder) missed his second game. ... Newly acquired LW Jody Shelley didn't dress for the Sharks. ... Grier has 11 career goals against the Flames. He has scored no more than seven against any other club.

scoring summary
1st Period
10:39
SJS
Patrick Marleau (9) ASST: Sandis Ozolinsh (10), Evgeni Nabokov (2)
1 - 0 SJS
2nd Period
06:04
CGY
Owen Nolan (10) ASST: Alex Tanguay (28), Craig Conroy (17)
1 - 1 Tie
06:26
CGY
Wayne Primeau (1) ASST: Dustin Boyd (4)
2 - 1 CGY
17:35
CGY
PPG - Dion Phaneuf (7) ASST: Adrian Aucoin (17), Jarome Iginla (32)
3 - 1 CGY
3rd Period
00:57
CGY
SHG - Owen Nolan (11) ASST: NONE
4 - 1 CGY
02:44
SJS
Tomas Plihal (1) ASST: Steve Bernier (9), Sandis Ozolinsh (11)
4 - 2 CGY
10:45
CGY
Owen Nolan (12) ASST: Alex Tanguay (29), Craig Conroy (18)
5 - 2 CGY
18:00
SJS
Patrick Rissmiller (6) ASST: Michael Grier (9)
5 - 3 CGY
18:59
SJS
PPG - Jonathan Cheechoo (10) ASST: Milan Michalek (16), Jeremy Roenick (10)
5 - 4 CGY
penalty summary
1st Period
13:27
SJS
Sandis Ozolinsh  Roughing against  Dion Phaneuf
13:27
CGY
Dion Phaneuf  Roughing against  Sandis Ozolinsh
13:27
CGY
Dion Phaneuf  Roughing against  Sandis Ozolinsh
2nd Period
01:53
SJS
Patrick Rissmiller  Holding against  Dustin Boyd
09:14
SJS
Michael Grier  Fighting (maj) against  Owen Nolan
09:14
CGY
Owen Nolan  Fighting (maj) against  Michael Grier
12:02
SJS
Steve Bernier  Roughing against  Eric Godard
17:14
SJS
Patrick Rissmiller  Hooking against  Kristian Huselius
18:30
CGY
David Moss  Interference against  Matthew Carle
19:31
CGY
Cory Sarich  Roughing against  Jonathan Cheechoo
3rd Period
18:37
CGY
Cory Sarich  Slashing against  Tomas Plihal
goalie stats
Evgeni Nabokov
Evgeni Nabokov
SA: 29TOI: 58:45
Saves: 24EV: 18 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .828SH: 2 - 3
Miikka Kiprusoff
SA: 31TOI: 60:00
Saves: 27EV: 18 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 10
SV%: .871SH: 0 - 0