Goals have been at a premium in the season's first two meetings between the San Jose Sharks and Calgary Flames. The games could have gone either way, but Antti Niemi outperformed Miikka Kiprusoff in each - something that has regularly been the case.
The Sharks look to beat the Flames for a sixth straight time when they meet Wednesday night at HP Pavilion.
These teams played in Calgary in their final game before the All-Star break Jan. 24, with Benn Ferriero scoring with 8:25 remaining in San Jose's 1-0 victory. Niemi stopped 25 shots while Kiprusoff made 26 saves.
In the clubs' first meeting one week earlier Jan. 17, the game was tied at 1 through the end of regulation and overtime with Niemi making 27 saves and Kiprusoff turning aside 30 shots. Michal Handzus and Brent Burns scored on Kiprusoff in the shootout while Niemi stopped both shootout attempts he faced in the Sharks' 2-1 win.
Niemi has led San Jose (29-15-6) to victory in the last five meetings with the Flames, posting...