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Another home disappointment for Sharks

Sharks' defenesman Christain Erhroff elf batlltes with flames' left wing Kristian muselius in the second period bell on Thursday to San Jose.
Sharks' defenesman Christain Erhroff elf batlltes with flames' left wing Kristian muselius in the second period bell on Thursday to San Jose. AP

SAN JOSE -- The Sharks -- once again -- gave the home crowd nothing to cheer about on the way out the door.

The team with the best road record in the NHL, San Jose stretched its winless streak at HP Pavilion to five games, losing, 3-2, to the Calgary Flames.

Jarome Iginla's goal with 1:34 left in overtime provided the winning margin in a game that was deadlocked at 2-2 entering the final 20 minutes of regulation.

The Sharks lost despite the fact Calgary played the previous night at home, didn't arrive in San Jose until 2:30a.m.

and started looking a little haggard about the midway through the game.

No matter, the Sharks couldn't put them away despite several good chances midway through the final period.

The loss dropped the Sharks' record at home to 6-10-0-3.

It didn't take long for the Flames to get onto the scoreboard.

One minute into the game, Calgary came down the ice on an odd-man rush. Left wing Alex Tanguay chose to shoot and beat Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov on the far side.

San Jose took advantage of a power play to tie the score at 1-1.

Defenseman Christian Ehrhoff's shot from the point was deflected by right wing Jonathan Cheechoo just enough to skitter away from the crowd in front of Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff and right to center Torrey Mitchell. The rookie punched it into the net at 4:03.

The Flames regained a one-goal lead when defenseman Kyle McLaren fell as he tried to slow down left wing Kristian Huselius at the blue line and Calgary had another odd-man rush under way. Eventually the puck ended up on right wing Jarome Iginla's stick, and he beat Nabokov for his 30th goal of the season at 16:26.

The Sharks had two good scoring chances -- one short-handed -- early in the second period, but couldn't put the puck past Kiprusoff.

With center Patrick Marleau in the penalty box for hooking, Mitchell and Mike Grier ended up with a two-on-one odd-man rush.

Mitchell's pass to Grier was a little bit into his skates, however, and he couldn't get off a good shot.

As Marleau left the penalty box, Joe Thornton hit him with a perfect pass that sent the Sharks captain in all alone on the Flames goalie. Kiprusoff kept Marleau's backhand shot out of the net, however.

The Sharks evened things at 2-2 at 13:54 of the second period when defenseman Craig Rivet launched the puck from the blue line and it eluded Kiprusoff, who was screened by center Curtis Brown.

The goal went into the books as unassisted, but Jeremy Roenick's hard check into the boards of Flames center Daymond Langkow forced him to cough up the puck to Rivet.

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