Calgary Takes 3-2 Lead on Road
Flames 3, Sharks 0
Tuesday, May 18, 2004; Page D05
SAN JOSE, May 17 -- The road rules still apply for the Calgary Flames: When they're on the road in the playoffs, they rule.
Jarome Iginla got things started with a short-handed goal, Miikka Kiprusoff got his fourth shutout of the playoffs and the Flames beat the San Jose Sharks, 3-0, Monday night in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals.
With its eighth road victory of the postseason, Calgary took a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series. The Flames are closing in on the NHL record of 10 road playoff victories, set by the New Jersey Devils in 1995 and 2000.
Playing with confidence and yet another 2-0 first-period lead at the sold-out Shark Tank, the sixth-seeded Flames moved to the brink of their first trip to the Stanley Cup finals since 1989, when they won the franchise's only championship. Calgary hopes to be Canada's first representative in the finals since Vancouver in 1994.
Marcus Nilson also scored in the first period, while Iginla and Craig Conroy scored unassisted goals resulting from mental lapses by the Sharks.
The visiting team has won every game in the series. Game 6 is Wednesday night in Calgary.
Evgeni Nabokov made 18 saves for the Sharks, who have lost four straight home playoff games.
Kiprusoff was barely tested by the Sharks, who had only a handful of scoring chances in 19 shots.
Iginla's NHL-leading ninth goal of the playoffs resulted from two mental errors. The Sharks were settling into their first power play when Alex Korolyuk's slow pass along the blueline was intercepted by Iginla. He out-skated two Sharks to the opposite net and slid the puck under Nabokov.
Nilson scored his second goal of the series on a broken play two minutes later, and the Shark Tank was completely deflated.
Conroy added his fifth goal of the postseason midway through the second period when Sharks defenseman Kyle McLaren loafed after a deflection. Conroy sped past him for a two-on-one, then beat Nabokov from the slot.
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