Two youngsters trying to make the Sharks NHL roster suffered setbacks in a shootout loss to the Calgary Flames Tuesday.
In the first period, forward Tomas Plihal was hit along the boards by Flame David Hale. While the severity of the injury of the injury to Plihal's shoulder was not immediately known, he did not return to the game. More to come as it's known, but it's a severe blow to a player who was having a great camp after serving as one of the first AHL callups late last season while the Sharks were battling some injuries.
Also injured in the first period last night was impressive young center Torrey Mitchell. Mitchell blocked a shot with the side of his foot and after trying to skate on it for one shift in the second period, he retired to the locker room for the remainder of the night.
With two forwards out of the lineup, the Sharks broke up the top line of Patrick Marleau-Joe Thornton-Jon Cheechoo to send Marleau back to center Mitchell's line for the remainder of the game.
The game itself was dominated by the excellent netminding of Miikka Kiprusoff as he made save after save on the Sharks eight power-play opportunities. Kipper finished off the night with 32 saves on 34 shots and stopped two of four shootout attempts for the win.
Kristian Huselius had both goals in regulation for the Flames while the Sharks goals were scored by Patrick Marleau and Patrick Rissmiller, both within the first 125 seconds of the opening whistle.
(note: the jist of this report was initially filed September 25th during the Flames/Sharks game, however it disappeared from the site so I am reposting it...)