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Sharks to get tough road test in Calgary

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Sharks to get tough road test in Calgary

Feb. 25, 2011

SHARKS (35-21-6) vs.
CALGARY (31-23-8)

Coverage begins at 5:30pm P.M. at Comcast SportsNet California and CSN PLUS

CALGARY (AP) -- Although there are six teams within two points of them in the crowded Western Conference, the Calgary Flames are setting their sights on a team much higher in the standings.

The Flames will try to bounce back from their first regulation loss in 10 home games Friday night when they host the Pacific Division-leading San Jose Sharks, who have won five straight.

Calgary (31-23-8), part of a large group of teams fighting for the final four playoff spots in the West, was riding a 7-0-2 run at home before Tuesday's 3-1 loss to Boston.

San Jose (35-21-6), meanwhile, has used its win streak to move atop the Pacific with 76 points. Calgary still believes it can catch the Sharks or Phoenix (75 points) for the conference's No. 4 spot.
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"Friday it's a four-point game, and a must four-point game," Flames winger Alex Tanguay said. "We wanna get that, and we wanna finish as high as possible in the standings. That means getting into the playoffs but not only getting into the playoffs, but if we can finish fourth or fifth, maybe get home ice."

A victory over the Sharks probably won't come easily. San Jose has won 10 of 12 this month, including seven of nine on the road, and is trying to complete a perfect three-game trip after Wednesday's 3-2 overtime win at Pittsburgh.

"I think it comes from just being confident that we are able to do it and we trust each other," goalie Antti Niemi said. "We've been playing really well lately, and we've got to keep it up."

Niemi has started every game since Jan. 15, going 13-2-1 with a 1.85 goals-against average. He's 3-1-0 with a 2.55 GAA in four career starts against the Flames.

The Sharks and Flames have split two meetings. Miikka Kiprusoff made 27 saves in Calgary's 4-0 home victory Oct. 24 while four different San Jose players scored in a 4-3 win Nov. 13.

Tanguay had two assists in each of those games while Jarome Iginla totaled two goals and one assist.

Kiprusoff is 8-4-0 with a 2.34 GAA in 12 career home starts against the Sharks, the team with which he spent his first three seasons. He's given up two goals or fewer in 10 of his last 13 starts overall.

Calgary totaled 17 goals in a three-game win streak prior to Tuesday's loss. Curtis Glencross scored, giving him 12 points in an eight-game run.

"We can't dwell on this. We've had a good stretch here, and we've got to just keep taking the positives and keep it going," Glencross said.

Patrick Marleau's winner was his second goal of the game Wednesday as the Sharks prevailed after allowing the Penguins to tie it with 50 seconds left in regulation.

REWIND: Marleau's late OT goal gives Sharks fifth straight win

"It's just a sign of our perseverance," Marleau said. "You don't want to see that happen, but when it does happen, you want to see guys forget about it right away."

San Jose is 4 for 13 on the power play in its last four games and has one of the best marks in the league at 22.8 percent. The Sharks, though, are 1 for 7 against the Flames.

Calgary is 14 for 36 (38.9 percent) with the man advantage in its last 10 home games while its opponents are 2 for 26.

Dodgers add to riches, acquire Mets slugger in trade

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Dodgers add to riches, acquire Mets slugger in trade

NEW YORK — The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired outfielder Curtis Granderson and cash from the New York Mets for a player to be named later or cash.

The teams announced the deal after their games Friday night. The 36-year-old Granderson is hitting .228 with 19 home runs and 52 RBIs this year.

Los Angeles is running away with the NL West. The Dodgers are 86-34 after Friday's win at Detroit . Granderson gives Los Angeles another option for the outfield along with Cody Bellinger, Yasiel Puig, Chris Taylor and Joc Pederson.

Pederson has been struggling quite a bit of late, hitting .149 since the All-Star break. Granderson, like Pederson, offers some power from the left side of the plate.

Giants pound Phillies in blowout win, Moore pitches into eighth

Giants pound Phillies in blowout win, Moore pitches into eighth

BOX SCORE

SAN FRANCISCO -- Matt Moore took his time walking off the mound after Giants manager Bruce Bochy came out to replace him in the eighth inning.

Moore wanted to enjoy the ovation from the crowd at AT&T Park, something he hadn't heard for quite some time.

Moore took a one-hitter into the eighth inning and picked up his first win in nearly two months as San Francisco beat the Philadelphia Phillies 10-2 on Friday night.

"It's something that I think is one of the coolest parts about playing here, is just how loud it can get and the appreciation coming off the hill," Moore said. "It was definitely nice to have that."

Hunter Pence and Brandon Crawford both homered, Pablo Sandoval had an RBI single and Denard Span added three hits and made a nice running catch in center field to help San Francisco to its ninth win in the last 12 games at AT&T Park.

One day after becoming the first team in major league history to reach 11,000 wins as a franchise, the Giants added on by beating the worst team in baseball again.

Moore (4-12) was crisp in his second straight strong start despite four walks, allowing two hits over 7 1/3 innings to win for the first time since June 20.

"He's got a good rhythm going," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "It looks like he's playing catch with (catcher Buster Posey), that's the effort he's putting in it right now. I think it's helped his command on all his pitches."

Moore credited a calmer approach in his last two starts.

"For a lot of the season I was overthrowing," Moore said. "It's just too much to be gritting that much through. After the break that was something I was working on, making sure I'm not white-knuckling too much stuff."

Four relievers combined for five outs to complete the four-hitter.

Jorge Alfaro singled twice and scored for Philadelphia.

Pence doubled and scored as part of a three-run first inning, then hit his 11th home run in the second.

Crawford tacked on with a two-run home run in the third, his 10th, after Sandoval walked. Crawford, who also doubled in the eighth, had been in a 2-for-22 slump.

Philadelphia didn't get a runner past second base until the eighth when Freddy Galvis singled in both runs.

"We got four hits (and) Alfaro had two of them," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. "The bats just ain't there right now."

ELFIN PAINED IN LOSS

Starting pitcher Zach Eflin (1-5) allowed six runs and seven hits over five innings for the Phillies and later complained of tightness in his right shoulder. Eflin has lost two of three starts since a two-month stint in the minors. "As the fifth inning came to an end it was more of a precautionary thing to come out because it wasn't feeling right at that point," Eflin said.

PHILLIE FANATIC

Posey has hit safely in 20 straight games against Philadelphia, the longest hitting streak of his career against any team.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Phillies: Mackanin's ballclub was one player short after the team placed OF Odubel Herrera on the disabled list with a hamstring injury in a move that is retroactive to Aug. 15. Herrera has a 17-game hitting streak that is the longest active in the majors. A corresponding move is expected before Saturday's game.

Giants: RHP Johnny Cueto threw 50 pitches in a bullpen session and could begin a rehab assignment early next week. Cueto also threw a 50-pitch bullpen during the team's recent three-game series in Miami. ... 1B Brandon Belt (concussion) and 2B Joe Panik (concussion symptoms) both did cardio work before the game.

UP NEXT

Phillies RHP Jerad Eickoff (3-7, 4.45 ERA) makes his second start against the Giants this season Saturday while San Francisco counters with LHP Ty Blach (8-8, 4.37 ERA). Blach blanked Philadelphia with a seven-hitter on June 2.