Start Turek Finish
It was the Roman Jarome show again last night in New York.
The rather simplistic formula of Roman Turek and
Jarome Iginla was
trotted out once again last night in a critical 5-2 Calgary road victory
over the Islanders, cementing the two Flame players as the dead heat
candidates for team MVP honours so far this year.
Iginla scored once and added two assists to extend his league leading
point total to 52 while Turek nailed down the win under a hail of third
period Islander shots.
The win pushed Calgary's record to 19-14-8-2 on the season, good for
48 points and a much needed three point cushion over trailing Phoenix
for eighth spot in the Western Conference.
The win also put some distance between the Flames and the charging
Los Angeles Kings, now five points in arrears of Calgary.
While the Flames are certainly keeping an eye on the rear view
mirror, the win also left Calgary tied with Dallas in the very tight
Western Conference, one point behind St. Louis and three behind Colorado
and San Jose. At press time the Blues were up three goals on the Sharks
suggesting a potential three way tie for the 4th spot in the West.
This one carried an eerie similarity to the 3-1 Calgary win over
Buffalo last week where the Flames jumped ahead early then seemed to
wilt badly down the stretch.
The first period was all Flames and Calgary built a 3-1 edge while
outshooting New York 16-8. But the Islanders came out storming in the
second before outshooting the Flames 20-3 in the final period.
Incredibly, the Flames scored on two of their three third period
Flames opened the scoring only a minute in when a stumbling
Savard from the side of the net tossed a pass to a wide open Jarome Iginla
streaking in. Iginla took only a split second to blast a shot
through Islander starter Chris Osgood for his 29th of the year.
But the Islanders tied it at 4:43 on a broken play when Islander
defenceman Dick Tarnstrom fanned on a point shot but the dribbler found
its way to Mike Peca alone in front. Peca then deposited the puck to a
wide open net, Calgary starter Roman Turek had moved out to cut the
angle down on the Tarnstrom shot.
Calgary regained its one goal advantage only 34 seconds later when
Dean McAmmond, with his first goal in five games and 11th on the year.
McAmmond deflected a Petr Buzek point shot behind Osgood.
Flames continued their strong play throughout the period,
overwhelming the Islanders at times, an effort that paid off at 18:41 on
a crisp passing play when Chris Clark notched his fourth of the season.
Iginla passed up ice to a rushing Toni Lydman who streaked into the
Islander zone then hit an open Clark who finished the play with a crisp
backhand behind Osgood.
Garth Snow took over from Osgood to start the second and the switch
seemed to give the Islanders life But Turek held the fort for the Flames
until Steve Montador, with his first career NHL goal, whistled a shot
through Snow at 12:17 of the third after a brilliant pass by Iginla.
Shawn Bates finally broke through the Turek wall with an even
strength goal at 16:12.
The Islanders pulled Snow with 2:08 to play but Turek made a series
of excellent stops before Wilm iced the win with an empty net marker
with 15 seconds to play.
A key to this game might have been the offensive play of Calgary's
defence, jumping into the play as they had in the first six weeks of the
season and seemingly rattling the Islanders who didn't appear to be
expecting the tactic.
Calgary's defencemen, which had been inordinately soft in front of
their own net of late, showed some muscle this game, giving the
Islanders little from the slot, particularly through the efforts of Bob
The game may have been a costly for the Flames as
appeared to blow a knee on an ugly hit from 6' 6" Islander
defencemen that left the Calgary centre writhing in pain. The official
early word was a sprained knee on the original hit and a sprained ankle
on the landing.
Flames were zero for two on the powerplay and the Islanders were zero
Final shots were 37-25 for the Islanders.
Next up is New Jersey tomorrow night.
Calgary has now defeated New York eight straight times, a statistic
which bodes well for an Islander visit to the Saddledome next week.
Turek is 18-10-7 on the year.
Roman Turek -
Who is more valuable
- the league's
leading scorer or
the guy who stops
the puck? On this
night, it was
Jarome Iginla -
Bob Boughner -
With Derek Morris
and Denis Gauthier
out, the veteran is
stepping up his play
and making a
OF THE GAME
a flurry of chances
in the last two
minutes, Turek slid
across the crease to
deny an open net to
Brad Isbister. Wilm
then scored to
cement the win.
OF THE GAME
much doubt about
this one as resident
Cairns stood up
Niedermayer at the
15 minute mark of
the first period. To
call this a dirty
hit might be extravagant
as Cairns didn't
appear to stick his
knee out and
doing a mid-air
swivel, seemed to
into Dave Scatchard
early in the first
period after Ron
elbowed heavily by
Scatchard early in
the first. Coach
Greg Gilbert must
have been happy to
see that. . . . . .
A dreary day
the Flames skipped a
visit to the World
Trade Centre site,
one of the few teams
which hasn't used a
New York trip to pay
their respects . . .
. . . . Attendance
was 13,285 on the
actually left the
the pitiful mid-week
crowds of the last
few years. . . . . .
. After our article
on NHL hits last
week it was
interesting to note
the two teams had
racked up 24 hits by
the end of the first
period - which might
be an average for an
entire game in
Island is one of the
highest hit total
buildings in the NHL
and it didn't
disappoint on this
night, the Flames
Petrovicky led the
Flames with eight
Peca and Cairns led
the Islanders with
five each. . . . . .
. At one point the
Flames in the
faceoff circle by a
margin of 20-9, but
the Flames clawed
their way back and
at least looked
with a final
percentage of 44%.
Conroy has been
struggling in the
faceoff circle and
finished this night
at 43%. Alexei
Yashin was 64% for
Amazingly, Peca was
a dismal 40%. . . .
. . . Steve Begin
was a scratch with