Star Break on a High Note
It was a night upside down.
The Calgary Flames, a struggling hockey team
that hadn't managed to win two games in a row since late November, up
against the league's number one team on the eve of the NHL's All-Star
And nothing went according to plan, or at least
not to the Wings and many a doubting Calgary hockey fan.
The Flames win two in a row - odd.
The Flames score four goals in one home game -
Three of those goals come from Marc Savard -
Two of those Savard goals come on the powerplay
Yet, that's exactly what transpired at the
Pengrowth Saddledome on Wednesday night in front of 17,239 disbelieving
The Flames may not get many style points in this
one, blowing a 2-0 lead, and relying on goalie, Roman Turek, far too
often as they were out shot by a 36-22 margin, but none of that matters
when the season gets added up in April.
Two points is two points, and four points in two
games is exactly what the Flames needed as they head into the all-star
break broken, beaten, but with a glimmer of hope.
For the Flames to climb back into a playoff spot
they'll need to get goals from sources unseen, as well as their
powerplay back on track.
Both of those factors took a serious boost in
the arm in this one with the reemergence of Marc Savard and his goals
with the man advantage.
All told the Flames picked up three goals from
Savard, plus an assist.
An additional goal and two assists from the
recently slumbering sniper, Jarome Iginla.
Plus two assists apiece from Craig Conroy and
Jamie Wright, recently recalled from Saint John.
The Flames largest offensive peculiarity was a
four goal, two powerplay marker night with nary a point from powerplay
quarterback Derek Morris.
The win moves the Flames a game over .500 once
again, after dropping one game under the mark with their abysmal six
game homestand last week.
With victories from Los Angeles and Phoenix, and
a game between the Oilers and Canucks still being played the Flames
didn't close any ground with the win, but to maintain ground with the
Wings on tap is quite simply the next best thing.
The Calgary side concludes their four game
season series with the Wings with a three wins, and one loss record.
Detroit has only ten losses on the season through 54 games, with a
whopping 30% of those losses coming to the Southern Alberta squad.
Detroit picked up goals from Luke Robitaille,
Igor Larionov and Brendan Shanahan.
Manny Legace takes the loss for the Wings,
moving his record to 8-2-1. Roman Turek picked up his 19th win on the
season to move his mark to 19-13-7.
The Flames don't see action again until February
6th in San Jose.
three goals and one
- Flames leading
scorer pops a goal
for his second
straight game, and
Stood on his head in
the second period to
keep the Flames tied
OF THE GAME
Boughner gets the
honor on this one,
as the veteran
Turke's bacon in the
first period. A Wing
powerplay point shot
deflected past Turek
only to have
Boughner swoop in
and back hand the
puck back out
glitch in CBS
retired center Ron
Sutter in the game
for the Flames
tonight. Sutter wore
number 20 for the
Flames last season,
the same number
modeled by Jason
Botterill. ... The
Flames WON the
battle of the
special teams for
the first time in a
long while on the
homeside struck for
two powerplay goals
on five chances,
while killing all
The hit statistician
took the night off
again at the
out only 30
between the two
teams, 17 for
Gauthier and Robyn
Regehr each had
three hits apiece.
Jiri Fischer and
Kris Draper had
three hits for the
Wings. ... With
Steve Yzerman out of
the Detroit lineup
Calgary managed to
win 58% of the
Conroy and Jeff
Shantz. Marc Savard
didn't take a draw
all night. ... At
press time Jarome
Iginla and his three
had moved back into
a tie with Markus
Naslund of the
for the NHL's
Naslund had one
assist in the game
to move to 58