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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.