Final OT

Series (Game 1 of 4)

San Jose leads 3-0

Game 1: Tuesday, December 4th
Game 2: Thursday, December 6th
Game 3: Wednesday, February 6th
Game 4: Thursday, March 21st

Flames 2

(14-6-2, 36 pts)

Sharks 2

(12-7-3, 32 pts)

10:30 PM ET, December 4, 2001

SAP Center, San Jose, California

1 2 3 OT T
CGY 1 1 0 02
SJ 1 0 1 02

M. Vernon (Flames - G): Saves: 32, Save Pct.: .941

N. Sundstrom (Sharks - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

M. Ragnarsson (Sharks - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 1

Sundstrom, Nabokov help Sharks salvage tie

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Niklas Sundstrom celebrated his return to the lineup by scoring the tying goal.


Sundstrom, who missed the last two games with a knee injury, scored early in the third period as the San Jose Sharks tied the Calgary Flames 2-2 on Tuesday night.

"It felt good to be back," Sundstrom said. "We've been playing pretty good the last three or four games, and we're working off that."

The Sharks outshot Calgary 16-4 in the third period.

"We certainly had our opportunities," Sharks coach Darryl Sutter said. "We seemed to play better after we were down a goal than when it was tied. But we had trouble getting the puck through."

Toni Lydman and Craig Conroy each scored for the Flames, unbeaten in three games.

Teemu Selanne also scored for the Sharks, who extended their unbeaten streak to four.

Calgary's Mike Vernon stopped 32 shots, to improve to 19-2-3 against his former team. Vernon is still looking for his first win since last Feb. 9 against Colorado. He's 0-10-2 in his last 12 games, including 0-4-1 this season.

"That was my first point and it was a long time coming," Vernon said of this season. "I don't think I've ever had a drought like this in my life."

Evgeni Nabokov, who has allowed three goals or fewer in each of his last seven games, stopped 20 shots for San Jose. The Sharks play seven of their next eight on the road, beginning with a rematch in Calgary on Thursday.

Dave Lowry had an open shot late for the Flames, but Nabokov was able to get his skate in the way. The puck bounced over the net as time ran out.

"We had too many turnovers in the third period," Calgary coach Greg Gilbert said. "But the guys really battled for the point. San Jose is pretty hot right now, so ending up in a tie is a pretty good effort."

Selanne gave the Sharks the early lead. He knocked down a pass from Conroy at the blue line, skated in and beat Vernon.

The Flames tied it with a power-play goal late in the first period. After taking a pass from Marc Savard along the boards, Lydman took a slap shot from inside the blue line that beat Nabokov to the glove side.

Lydman's goal was only the second power-play goal allowed by San Jose at home this season in 46 attempts.

"He's been a big part of our power play and he moves the puck well in the neutral zone," said Flames forward Jarome Iginla, the NHL's leading scorer with 41 points. "It was good to see him score his first goal. He's going to score a bunch."

Conroy also scored from just inside the blue line after taking a pass from Jamie Allison.

Sundstrom put in a rebound from the right side less than two minutes into the third period to make it 2-2. Scott Thornton's shot from the left bounced off Vernon straight to Sundstrom.

Game notes
Calgary D Derek Morris missed his fourth game because of a wrist injury. ... Sharks RW Todd Harvey missed his third straight with a knee injury. ... San Jose D Mike Rathje, who signed a four-year contract last Thursday, is expected to see his first action Saturday in Vancouver. ... Selanne has 53 points in 36 career games against the Flames. ... LW Stephane Matteau was scratched from the Sharks lineup because of personal reasons.

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