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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.

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

Cammalleri.

Earlier in the period, Nabokov also made an alert glove save off

Eric Nystrom and kicked out a pad to stop Adam Pardy from

in-close.

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