Friend-Foe Finishes Flames
It was a night of inevitable destiny.
At least for everyone but the Calgary Flames.
On a day ten years past the worst trade in team
history, the principal player in that deal returned the Pengrowth
Saddledome to kick a little more sand in his former teammates faces.
With the game tied at two in the third period,
former Flame Doug Gilmour broke the game open with a goal and then later
added an assist to take first star honors, and conclusively end the
Flames four game homestand on a sour note.
Gilmour was shipped to Toronto on January 5th,
1992 along with Rick Nattress, Jamie Macoun, Rick Wamsley and Kent
Manderville for Craig Berube, Gary Leeman, Alex Godiniuk, Michelle
Petite and goaltender Jeff Reese.
The deal marked the start of a down hill slide
for the Flames franchise, just like Gilmour's goal marked the start of a
down hill slide in last night's contest.
Montreal opened the scoring when Roman
Turek flubbed a weak backhanded effort from Stephane Quintal, the
puck finding a way through his legs.
The Flames tied the score before the end of the
period when Montreal goalie Jose Theodore essentially gave one away
himself. Unable to handle the rebound from a weak point shot from Robyn
Iginla had a whack at it before Dave Lowry banked it off a Montreal
skate and into the cage. For Lowry it was his first goal in two full
months which was evident by his Mike Foligno dance when seeing the puck
in the net.
The first period was a classic example of what
has been ailing the Flames of late. They came out strong, carried the
play and should have been up a couple goals on their tired visitors. But
for whatever reason they abandoned their game plan and fell into a
familiar trap in the next frame.
In the second period the Flames took the lead
for the first and only time on the night when Iginla intercepted a
neutral zone pass from the Montreal defence and wired a 40 footer past a
From that point on however, the Canadiens took
Pressing the Flames into their own zone, and
forcing error after error.
By the third period the Flames were firmly on
the ropes unable to generate any good offensive opportunities due to
each and every player abandoning the system and attempting to go it
The loss moves the Flames back to four games
over .500 and in some serious trouble with both L.A. and Vancouver
winning last night. No fewer than three teams now sit within five points
of the Flames.
The road trip ends on a sour note, but stood at
2-1-1 for five points in four games.
The Flames now travel to Long Island to play the
bolstered Islanders on Tuesday night.
Last night's game was a sellout.
1) Doug Gilmour
- former Flame
had great jump
on the night,
scoring once and
Quintal - Scored
the game's first
goal and added
Also picked up a
goal and an
OF THE GAME
Turek did a
masterful job on a
diving poke check to
keep Doug Gilmour
from getting on the
score sheet midway
through the first
OF THE GAME
Craig Berube in
along the side
through the second
was surprising to
see CBC's Bob Cole
call the Flames -
Canadiens game on
Hockey Day in Canada
instead of the Leaf
- Senator game as is
the norm. By the end
of the contest I
would suggest many a
Flame fan may have
hoped he'd have
stayed in Ontario. A
hockey announcer can
what side he's
pulling for but Cole
made no such effort
on the night. It
gave Calgary viewers
the feeling the game
was on local
... The Flames won
54% of the face offs
on the night, led by
61%. All four
regular centers were
on the positive
side. Every Hab but
Yanic Perreault were
on the losing side
on the evening. ...
The Flames out hit
the Canadiens by a
margin of 20-18,
with Bob Boughner
and Petr Buzek
leading the way with
three apiece. The
Habs had three from
Quintal and Reid
Montreal won the
battle of the
special teams going
1-4 on the night
while the Flames
came up empty on two