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Flames snap Sharks' home streak

DION Phaneuf's late goal gave the visiting Calgary Flames a 3-2 win over the San Jose Sharks on Thursday.

Phaneuf struck with less than four minutes left to hand the Sharks their home loss of the season in regulation.

San Jose had not lost in regulation at home since being beaten by Edmonton last February but the Sharks surrendered first place overall in the NHL standings with the loss, just their sixth all season in regulation (32-6-5).

"They're one of the best teams in the league, so this is a big win for us for sure," said Calgary goalie Miikka Kiprusoff, who stopped 33 shots.

"It's the second time we've beaten them recently but to win here is something teams don't do very often."

The Sharks' 31-game stretch without a regulation loss (28-0-3) matched the second longest such streak in the NHL.

"All night it was back and forth," Phaneuf said. "We didn't give them much and they didn't give us much.

"I came in off the point along the right side and Langer (Daymond Langkow) made a great play feeding me. I don't worry about (not scoring goals). I've been getting pucks to the net."

Ryan Clowe opened the scoring for the Sharks just one minute into the game for the first period's only goal.

However, Craig Conroy and Langkow scored for the Flames in the second period between Joe Thornton's marker for San Jose, leaving the teams tied 2-2 after 40 minutes.

The Flames then broke the tie at 16:03 of the third period when Phaneuf's shot glanced off Marc-Edouard Vlasic's stick for the defenseman's first goal since November 11, a span of 26 games.

"You let a road team hang around when it's tied in the third period and a lot of times something like that is going to happen," Clowe said.

"They're going to get a bounce or something. We can't sulk too long because we've got a big game on Saturday."

The Sharks host the defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings today,

In action elsewhere, it was: Red Wings 4, Kings 0; Canadiens 3, Predators 2; Coyotes 4, Canucks 1; Bruins 2, Islanders 1; Lightning 4, Flyers 1; Wild 5, Oilers 1; Sabres 5, Stars 4, SO; Maple Leafs 6, Hurricanes 4; and Blues 5, Avalanche 2.

In Los Angeles, Detroit extended its run of games earning at least a point to 10 with a comfortable 4-0 win over Los Angeles.

Ty Conklin made 23 saves for his fifth shutout of the season, and Kris Draper and Kirk Maltby each had a goal and an assist for the defending Stanley Cup champions.

The Red Wings are 19-2-0 in the past 20 meetings with Los Angeles.

In Montreal, the hosts extended their recent strong home form with a 3-2 win over Nashville. Andrei Markov had a goal and an assist for the Canadiens, while Andrei Kostitsyn and Guillaume Latendresse also scored, and Jaroslav Halak made 23 saves. Montreal improved to 5-0-1 at home since December 13.

In Vancouver, British Columbia, Joakim Lindstrom scored the first two goals to set up Phoenix's 4-1 defeat of Vancouver. The loss spoiled star goalie Roberto Luongo's return to the Vancouver lineup after eight weeks out with a groin injury.

In Uniondale, New York, Boston notched its fourth straight win with a tight 2-1 win over struggling New York. Tim Thomas made 40 saves, and Marc Savard and Martin St. Pierre scored the Bruins goals.

Thomas was on the verge of his fourth shutout of the season, but Islanders scored with less than a minute left. The Islanders have lost six straight.


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