Flames Conclude Stand in Style

Gelinas Scores Twice in Flames Win

January 4th, 2002
D'Arcy McGrath

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Woa!: Flames Assistant Captain Bob Boughner takes a ride off of the hip of Wild defenceman Nick Schultz.

Now that's a home stand.

Tough loss in an exciting game to the Maple Leafs.

Press conference to announce Darryl Sutter as the club's new head coach.




And finally a 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night to close off the stand with a 3-1-1 record, and some newly added excitement around the city's hockey team.


It's a shame they didn't hire Sutter sooner.

Truth be told there is quite likely a lot more going on than a coaching change.

The Flames best players, including; Jarome Iginla, Chris Drury, Craig Conroy and Roman Turek have all found their way at the same time ... for the first time this season.

Parity in the NHL suggests that a team with a marginal payroll, or any payroll (no offence to Ottawa fans, we realize it's a sore subject these days), simply has to get the most out of their best players on most nights. Without that you are dead in the water, as we've seen through November in the Stampede City.

The Flames best were due, and Darryl Sutter may have been the grease to get things rolling again.

To put things in perspective, the team had only two home victories all season. Since Sutter was hired six days ago the team has three.

Given the fact that we haven't seen any mad cap new systems brought in to this point ... just a refocusing on some of the simpler facets of the game including fore-checking, defensive zone coverage and team work ... it begs the question; why now?

Greg Gilbert was and is no dummy. But was his message being heard?

Doesn't look like it.

Right ... back to the game.

Like most of this home stand, this Wild/Flame encounter was entertaining from the drop of the puck. 

The two teams traded chance for chance through the first half of the first period with neither club able to solve the opposing stopper.

The Flames opened the scoring early in the second period as they applied some serious pressure while playing keep away on a delayed Wild penalty. Finally a rebound squirted out to Toni Lydman, who made no mistake for his third of the season.

Less than three minutes later the Wild tied the game when Andrei Zyuzin took a deft pass from Andrew Burnette and fired a quick low shot past Turek on a Wild powerplay.

The Flames jumped back up again when Martin Gelinas scored his first of two goals on the night, jumping on a Denis Gauthier rebound and sliding the puck past an out of position Dwayne Roloson.

The Flames built their lead to two early in the third period when Gelinas scored again, effectively salting things away.

The Wild did make it interesting late when Burnette cashed in with 15 seconds remaining, but that was as close as they'd get.



Calgary Flames 3
Penguins Minnesota Wild 2

Saprykin Drury Clark
Gelinas Conroy Iginla
Niedermayer Yelle Nichol
Berube Sloan Wright
Lydman Regehr
Boughner Gauthier
Montador Buzek

1) Martin Gelinas - Former Hurricane caused quite a storm in the Wild zone scoring the team's 2nd and 3rd goals.

2) Roman Turek - Solid in the 1st and 2nd periods to send his club on their way.

3) Jarome Iginla - Two assists and another solid game on the wall.

With the game sitting 2-1 Calgary in the 2nd period, Roman Turek slid across to stone Marion Gaborik on a Wild two on one.

Wild sophomore Nick Shultz caught Bob Boughner cruising through the neutral zone in the second period, sending the Flame assistant over his hip.

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The Flames, to no one's surprise, were led again in ice time by defenceman Toni Lydman with 26:42 of ice. He edged out partner Robyn Regehr (24:39) and Jarome Iginla, who was up to a more customary 22:18. ... Nick Schultz led the Wild with 25:07 of ice ... For the second time on this homestand the Flames lost the battle of the dot, taking only 33 of 69 face offs. Stephane Yelle had an uncharacteristically bad night winning only six of his 15 draws. ... Roman turek started his 20th straight hockey game tonight. ... As it stands, the Flames are now eight points out of a playoff spot, and only four points out of 9th place in the conference. Don't smash those piggy banks looking for playoff ticket money, but a prolonged streak could make things interesting.


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