Recap: Flames 4, Sharks 1
Flames 4, Sharks 1: Blake Comeau snapped a tie early in the third period and captain Jarome Iginla recorded a goal and an assist as host Calgary moved above the .500 mark for the first time this season.
Roman Cervenka and Curtis Glencross also scored while Miikka Kiprusoff made 32 saves in his return from injury for the Flames (9-8-4), who improved to 4-1-1 in their last six games. Kiprusoff had missed 13 contests with a sprained MCL.
Captain Joe Thornton scored and Thomas Greiss stopped 22 shots in a rare start for San Jose, which has scored two goals or less in each of its last 12 games and 16 of 17.
Calgary registered only six shots in the third period but made half of them count.
With the game even at 1-1, Comeau unleashed a shot from the right faceoff circle that glanced off the stick of Sharks defenseman Matt Irwin and sailed past Greiss at 2:57. The goal, which came on the Flames' second shot of the session, ended Comeau's 24-game drought.
Just 99 seconds - and one shot on goal - later, Iginla beat Greiss with a wrist shot from the top of the slot following a turnover for his sixth goal in five games and a 3-1 lead. Glencross sealed the win in the final minute with a short-handed empty-netter.
Calgary got on the board less than 4 1/2 minutes into the contest as Cervenka buried the rebound of defenseman Jay Bouwmeester's shot at 4:27 for his first goal in nine games. Thornton forged a tie with 6:07 remaining in the second, converting a pass from Joe Pavelski while on the doorstep.
GAME NOTEBOOK: San Jose coach Todd McLellan remained even with Ron Wilson for first place on the franchise list with 206 victories. ... Thornton's goal was his 1,101st career point. He is two behind Frank Mahovlich for 55th on the all-time list. ... The Sharks have allowed a short-handed goal in each of their last three games. ... Calgary C Jiri Hudler registered an assist, giving him six in his last three contests. ... Iginla's goal was the 523rd of his career, putting him one behind Bryan Trottier for 32nd place on the all-time list.
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