Evgeni Nabokov made sure the Sharks left San Jose with something to show for all those shots in their first two playoff games.
Nabokov made 21 saves in his sixth career postseason shutout, and rookie Torrey Mitchell scored a power-play goal in the Sharks' 2-0 victory over the Calgary Flames last night, evening their first-round series at a game apiece.
Joe Pavelski also scored an early goal for the second-seeded Sharks, who outshot the penalty-prone Flames by a huge margin - 43-21 this time - for the second time in 24 hours.
Calgary beat San Jose in Game 1 Wednesday night, 3-2, despite a 16-shot disadvantage and a home sellout crowd expecting big things from the NHL's second-best regular season team.
Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 41 shots for the seventh-seeded Flames, who labored on the penalty-kill for nearly 10 minutes of the second period, in which San Jose outshot Calgary, 27-3 - but didn't score until Mitchell's goal in the waning seconds of that power-play time.
Game 3 is in Calgary tomorrow. San Jose was the NHL's best road team this season.
Nabokov, the All-Star who led the NHL with 46 regular-season victories while appearing in all but five of the Sharks' 82 games, repeatedly used his cat-quick glove hand to dramatic effect.
Nabokov made his most uncanny save with 4:51 to play after a sharp Calgary pass left him out of position to stop former Sharks captain Owen Nolan's shot on an open net. Nabokov somehow leaned across the crease and blindly gloved the puck, leaving Nolan chewing on his mouthpiece in disbelief.
Red Wings 3, Predators 1 - Detroit called it a fortunate play. Nashville claimed it was questionable call.
The end result was a tiebreaking goal by Henrik Zetterberg at 6:54 of the third period that helped the Red Wings win Game 1 of their first-round series in Detroit.
Officials ruled Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk prevented Shea Weber from clearing the puck, setting up the goal that made it 2-1.
The Predators said the play should have been negated by an offsides call. Datsyuk made a cross-ice pass from the left circle to perfectly set up Zetterberg's one-timer that hit the back of the net before Dan Ellis could slide over or get his glove on it.
Stars 4, Ducks 0 - Marty Turco earned his fourth career postseason shutout and visiting Dallas scored four power-play goals to take Game 1 against the defending Stanley Cup champion.
The Ducks' usual strong suits, their veteran defense and goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere, were vulnerable. Giguere faced 37 shots.
Anaheim's offense also lacked spark after the Stars took the early 2-0 advantage. The Ducks went almost 20 minutes, beginning midway through the first period to about the same mark in the second, without landing a shot on goal.