Sharks Blank Flames to Even Series

Nabokov gets shutout for San Jose, offense finally cashes in shots
By Chip Bayers,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 11, 2008 12:55 AM CDT
San Jose Sharks defenseman Kyle McLaren, right, celebrates with goalie Evgeni Nabokov, of Kazakhstan, after a win over the Calgary Flames in an NHL hockey Western Conference playoff series in San Jose,...   (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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(Newser) – Evgeni Nabokov made sure the Sharks left San Jose with something to show for all those shots in their first two playoff games. Nabokov made 21 saves in his sixth career postseason shutout, and rookie Torrey Mitchell scored a power-play goal in the Sharks' 2-0 victory over the Calgary Flames on Thursday night, evening their first-round series at a game apiece.

Joe Pavelski also scored an early goal for the second-seeded Sharks, who outshot the penalty-prone Flames by a huge margin—43-21 this time—for the second time in 24 hours. Calgary beat San Jose in Game 1 on Wednesday night 3-2 despite a 16-shot disadvantage and a home sellout crowd expecting big things from the NHL's second-best regular season team.