Series (Game 4 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

Sharks 4

(37-23-3, 85 pts)

Flames 1

(27-30-3, 68 pts)

9:00 PM ET, March 21, 2002

Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

1 2 3 T
SJ 1 1 24
CGY 0 1 01

V. Damphousse (Sharks - LW): Goals: 0, Assists: 3

O. Nolan (Sharks - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

E. Nabokov (Sharks - G): Saves: 24, Save Pct.: .960

Sharks extend Flames' winless streak

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -- Owen Nolan scored once and Vincent Damphousse had three assists as the San Jose Sharks downed the Calgary Flames 4-1 Thursday night in a game that featured several controversial scoring incidents.

Nolan gave the Sharks a 3-1 lead at 4:45 of the third period. Mike Rathje's slap shot was wide but it deflected to the other side of the net where Nolan whipped a shot past goaltender Roman Turek from a sharp angle.

"It was a big goal that gave us a bit of breathing room," said Nolan. "Once you get that two-goal lead, you can drop into a bit of a comfort zone and play a smart and more relaxed game." Brad Stuart, Adam Graves and Scott Thornton also scored for San Jose, which ended a three-game winless streak and stayed atop the Pacific Division, two points ahead of the Los Angeles Kings, who beat Colorado 3-1.

Jeff Shantz scored the lone goal for Calgary, winless in its last seven (0-5-2). Just back from a 2-5-2 road trip, Calgary remained 10 points behind the eight-place Dallas Stars with just 11 games left.

Dominating the post-game chatter was the work of referee tandem Marc Joannette and Kevin Pollock.

San Jose had a goal in the first period waived off because of goaltender interference.

Stuart's first goal was confirmed only after a lengthy video review.

A shot in the third period by Calgary's Craig Conroy that clearly went off the cross bar, was first ruled a goal before being overturned by video review.

But the incident drawing the most discussion was an apparent goal by Calgary's Marc Savard midway through the second period that would have tied the game at 1.

Savard poked the puck under goaltender Evgeni Nabokov during a goalmouth scramble. But the initial replays available to the video goal judge did not conclusively show the puck going in and it was not counted, drawing the ire of the Flames players and the crowd of 16,495, who could see otherwise on replays shown on the overhead video monitor

"They didn't have all the video replays until about five minutes after the fact, so they classified it as inconclusive," said Flames coach Greg Gilbert. "Obviously, the overhead shows the puck ends up six inches from the back of the line and then Stuart puts his hand on it and brings it back into the goalie.

"Kevin Pollock is standing there watching it all happen. What can you say? It's a goal and it may have been a totally different game. But it didn't happen and we've got to be mentally tougher and rebound from situations like that and carry on with our game."

Stuart hinted he had covered up the puck with it already over the goal-line.

"It might have been a bit of a break, but sometimes you get the breaks and sometimes you don't," Stuart said with a wry smile.

Calgary did eventually tie the game on Shantz's goal at 16:50 of the second but 28 seconds later, San Jose regained the lead for good.

Turek stopped shots by Rathje and Damphousse, but was down and out when Graves slid in the second rebound while falling.

Calgary missed a chance to tie the game at 2 early in the third after getting a 64-second, two-man advantage.

Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov stopped all 14 shots he faced in the third to finish the night with 24 saves and improve to 31-21-5.

Stuart converted a Nolan pass to open the scoring for San Jose at 15:48 of the first period. It was the Sharks' first power-play goal in four games.

"We have been moving the puck around pretty good of late, but we just haven't been able to get any goals so it was nice to get some opportunities again tonight and get some goals," Nolan said.

The Flames have surrendered nine power-play goals in 29 chances.

San Jose lost right-winger Nicklas Sundstrom with a knee injury in the third period after he was hit by Flames defenseman Bob Boughner.

Game notes

Two unexpected scratches were San Jose LW Marco Sturm (sore hand) and Calgary C Clarke Wilm (flu). ... Flames RW Chris Clark returned to the lineup after missing three games with a rib injury. ... The Sharks improved to 28-5-4-1 when scoring first and 22-2-3-0 when leading after the first period. ... LW Blake Sloan made his debut for Calgary after being acquired at the trade deadline from Columbus.

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