Flames Take Opener

May 9, 2004

2004 Playoffs

Steve Montador scored on a brilliant pass from Jarome Iginla 18:43 into overtime lifting the Calgary Flames to a 4-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks in the opening game of the Western Conference finals.

"I think they were making a change," Montador said. "The crowd was (loud) and I wanted to make sure Jarome could hear me. He's usually a shooter, and a very good one at that. He recognized that there was an open man, made an excellent pass to get it to me."

"We got over 50 shots, did some really good things. But we made some mistakes turning the puck over," San Jose center Vincent Damphousse said. "In our zone, we've got to toughen it up a little bit and we'll be fine. I think we did a lot of good things tonight."

"Obviously, our line made a bad change on that last goal," Sharks center Mike Ricci said.

Game 2 is Tuesday night in San Jose.

"You never know who it is going to be, but it has been part of our fun ride this year - all different guys at different times scoring big goals and making plays," Iginla said. "Tonight is another example of that."

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