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San Jose loses key players, big lead, and the game

3/2/2003

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -- The San Jose Sharks lost team captain
Owen Nolan, defenseman Jim Fahey, a two-goal lead and the game.

Chris Drury had two goals and an assist during Calgary's
four-goal third period as the Flames rallied to beat the Sharks 4-3
Saturday night.

''In the third period, you just have to keep the game simple and
not give any life to the other team,'' San Jose forward Teemu
Selanne said. ''When the other team scores four goals like that
it's embarrassing.''

Craig Conroy broke a 2-2 tie with 4:06 left, with Jarome Iginla
centering the puck to the uncovered Conroy in the slot.

Drury added his second goal of the game with 1:54 to play, which
the Flames needed when Marco Sturm banked in a shot off goalie
Roman Turek with three seconds left.

Conroy and Martin Gelinas also scored for Calgary, which won for
the first time in 28 games when trailing after two periods. The
Flames improved to 2-5-2-1 in their last 10 games.

''This was a huge win for us for our confidence,'' Conroy said.
''We're a proud group in here and we want to win games. Whether
we're in the playoffs or not, we want to win and we want to win
every night.''

Rookie Niko Dimitrakos and Mark Smith also scored for San Jose,
which had a three-game winning streak snapped.

''Obviously it's upsetting to lose,'' Dimitrakos said. ''But you
have to look forward, you can't look back, we can't worry about
this.''

Nolan had to be helped off the ice with a back injury with 10
seconds left in the game after being cross-checked by Robyn Regehr.
No penalty was called.

Fahey was cut above his left eye after setting up Smith's goal
at 8:04 of the first period, which gave San Jose a 2-0 lead.

As Fahey carried the puck into the Flames' corner, his pass into
the slot deflected off defenseman Jordan Leopold's skate and
bounced straight to Smith who slapped a low shot past Turek.

The celebration by Smith and the Sharks was cut short when they
realized Fahey was crumpled on the ice behind the Flames' goal.
Fahey had been taken heavily into the end glass by Regehr. Fahey
was helped off the ice and kept out of the remainder of the game.

Sharks center Mike Ricci also left the game when he was hit in
the face and cut by the puck in the second period while sitting on
the bench.

Game notes
San Jose had won four in a row against the Flames and was
unbeaten in its last seven against Calgary (4-0-3). ... The Sharks
have gone a team-record nine consecutive games without surrendering a
power-play goal, killing off 35 penalties.