Flames Go Up 2-0 On Sharks

May 11, 2004

2004 Playoffs

Marcus Nilson scored 20 seconds into the game and the Calgary Flames never looked back on their way to a 4-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks for a two games to none lead in the Western Conference finals.

"It's tough to come back from something like that," Nilson said. "But we did the hard work to back it up, too. We earned the win."

"We'd be lying if we said this is what we expected, but it's a tremendous bonus," center Craig Conroy said. "This is definitely the most special season I've had, and it just seems like anything can happen now."

"I know from being on the other side of it, you get scored on in the first minute, it's hard," Calgary coach Darryl Sutter said. "Then you get another one, and it's not that far removed from where they were down 2-0 in Game 1. It trickles back in."

The series shifts to Calgary for Game Three on Thursday.

"We've dug a heck of a hole for ourselves, but it's not impossible to get out," Sharks coach Ron Wilson said. "We have to recapture the style of play that made us successful in the first two rounds. Hopefully it will be easier to calm the situation down on the road."

"We didn't do a lot of things we usually do, and they were ready to play," San Jose defenseman Brad Stuart said. "We've chosen to make it tough on ourselves. We have to get back into it the hard way."

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