Cheechoo, Nabokov help Sharks edge Flames

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Jonathan Cheechoo scored the go-ahead
goal in the second period and Evgeni Nabokov made 28 saves to
lead the San Jose Sharks to a 2-1 victory over the Calgary
Flames on Monday night.

Dan Boyle also scored for San Jose, and Joe Thornton had two
assists. The Sharks, 5-1-1 in their last seven, reached 50 wins
for the second time in franchise history and moved four points
ahead of Detroit in the race for the Presidents’ Trophy.

Jarome Iginla got his 32nd goal of the season for Calgary late
in the first period.

The Flames have lost eight of their last 12 as their lead atop
the Northwest Division has been cut to just one point over
Vancouver. The Canucks have seven games remaining and Calgary
has six.

San Jose took advantage of an early two-man advantage after
Adrian Aucoin’s clearing attempt went over the glass for an
automatic delay of game penalty. Just 35 seconds later, Thornton
found Boyle with a centering pass and Boyle fired a slap shot
into the top corner to put the Sharks up 1-0 at 6:11 of the
first period.

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Iginla tied it with 4:51 left in the period, taking a pass from
Daymond Langkow at the face-off dot and snapping a shot that
Nabokov only got a portion of.

Cheechoo, back in the Sharks’ injury-riddled lineup after
missing two games with a lower body injury, then deflected Brad
Lukowich’s slap shot from the blue line past Miikka Kiprusoff
with 7:36 left in the second with the game-winner.

Nabokov made the lead stand with 12 saves in the third period,
including several clutch stops. His best save came on a power
play midway through the period when, while sprawled on the ice,
he reached back and was able to smother a shot from Mike

Earlier in the period, Nabokov also made an alert glove save off
Eric Nystrom and kicked out a pad to stop Adam Pardy from