Flames Beat Sharks 3-2

Calgary opens up 1-0 series lead
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 10, 2008 12:17 AM CDT
Calgary Flames center Stephane Yelle (7) is congratulated by teammates after scoring on San Jose Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov (20), of Kazakhstan, in the first period of Game 1.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
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(Newser) – The Calgary Flames are off to a fine playoff start, and the San Jose Sharks can start worrying again. Stephane Yelle scored two goals, Miikka Kiprusoff made 37 saves and the seventh-seeded Flames stunned the NHL's second-best regular season team in their first-round opener, beating the Sharks 3-2 on Wednesday night. Dion Phaneuf also scored a power-play goal for the Flames.

Calgary opened the best-of-seven Western Conference series with three opportunistic goals and a late defensive scramble to win a game largely controlled by the Sharks. Ryane Clowe scored two goals as San Jose outshot Calgary 39-23, but the Flames generated three scores in the first 40 minutes and then held on after Clowe's second score with 56 seconds to play.