Thornton's Goal Gives Sharks 3-2 Win

San Jose evens first round series with Calgary at 2-2
By Chip Bayers,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 16, 2008 1:59 AM CDT
San Jose Sharks' Mike Grier, left, hugs goalie Evgeni Nabokov, of Kazakhstan, after the team beat the Calgary Flames in NHL Western Conference quarter-final hockey action in Calgary Tuesday, April 15,...   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jeff McIntosh)
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(Newser) – Joe Thornton's first goal of playoffs was a big one. Thornton scored the winner with just 9.4 seconds left in regulation to give the San Jose Sharks a 3-2 win over the Calgary Flames in Game 4 on Tuesday night, evening their first-round series. Thornton tipped Douglas Murray's shot from the point past Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff to win a game the Sharks trailed twice.

Game 5 is Thursday night at San Jose. The Flames set a franchise low for shots on goal in a playoff game, mustering just 10 against the Sharks' Evgeni Nabokov. The previous low was 15. Ryane Clowe scored his fourth of the series and Jonathan Cheechoo had his first for the Sharks.