Series (Game 3 of 4)

San Jose leads 2-1

Game 1: Monday, February 24th
Game 2: Saturday, March 1st
Game 3: Saturday, March 15th
Game 4: Wednesday, April 2nd

Flames 2

(24-33-4, 62 pts)

Sharks 3

(26-33-6, 64 pts)

10:30 PM ET, March 15, 2003

SAP Center, San Jose, California

1 2 3 T
CGY 1 1 02
SJ 0 2 13

A. McCauley (Sharks - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

V. Toskala (Sharks - G): Saves: 32, Save Pct.: .941

V. Damphousse (Sharks - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

San Jose stops four-game losing streak

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Rookie Vesa Toskala took advantage of his second chance, even stopping the first penalty shot he ever faced.

Vincent Damphousse scored the winner early in the third period and Toskala had 32 saves as the San Jose Sharks beat the Calgary Flames 3-2 on Saturday night to end a four-game losing streak.

Patrick Marleau and Alyn McCauley also scored for the Sharks, who have beaten the Flames in five of their last six meetings.

Jarome Iginla scored his team-leading 32nd goal -- but missed a penalty shot in the third period -- for the Flames, who lost for just the second time in seven games. Scott Nichol also scored.

"I tried to focus on the puck and not go on his first move," said Toskala, who did not face a penalty shot in the minors. "I didn't fall when he faked the first shot."

Damphousse picked up a pass from McCauley inside the blue line on a power play, skated to the right faceoff circle and wristed a shot over goalie Roman Turek's stick at 5:47 of the third period.

"Vesa lifted the team and got us going in the third period with that big save against one of the best shooters in the league," McCauley said. "That helped us create our own excitement out there."

Iginla was taken down by Kyle McLaren just above the crease on a breakaway less than a minute later. The Calgary star tried to go right with his shot, but Toskala got a pad on it.

"I bobbled it a bit at the beginning," Iginla said. "It just wasn't going to go in. It was the third or fourth one I've missed this season. I wanted it badly."

The Flames took a 1-0 lead on Nichol's short-handed goal at 5:26 of the first period.

Toni Lydman carried the puck up the ice and fired a cross ice pass to Nichol, who was wide open on Toskala's glove side for the score.

Toskala was making his fifth appearance for the Sharks, and the first since Oct. 21 against Vancouver. After spending most of the season with Cleveland of the AHL, he was recalled on Thursday.

"After I got sent down, I've been waiting for the next opportunity," said Toskala.

Sharks coach Ron Wilson was impressed by his new goaltender.

"People will remember the penalty shot but he was pretty solid throughout," he said. "We didn't play well in front of him in the first period but we came through for him."

The Sharks tied the game 54 seconds into the second period when Marleau snapped a four-game pointless streak with his 24th goal of the season.

The Flames responded just over two minutes later to regain the lead. Iginla scored after skating up the right side and firing a high shot from 20 feet out over Toskala's left shoulder and into the upper corner of the net. Turek received a secondary assist on the goal, his second in as many games and fourth of the season.

"We played well in the first and second period,'' Iginla said. "But in the third we just weren't able to make a connection."

McCauley scored his seventh goal of the season after bouncing a shot off Turek's pads on a power play.

Game notes
The Sharks took just three shots on goal in the first period, matching their second-worst effort of the season and the fewest since taking two shots in the second period against Dallas on Feb. 16. ... Flames LW Steve Begin missed his fifth game with a knee injury. ... Nichol scored Calgary's fifth short-handed goal of the season. ... C Wayne Primeau made his home debut with the Sharks after being acquired on Tuesday's trading deadline from the Pittsburgh Penguins. ... Sharks RW Teemu Selanne was nominated for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.

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