Initially, Jarome Iginla must have felt he
brought a little bit of Calgary with him to the Olympics in Salt Lake
Four games into the Olympic tournament the
Canadian squad was struggling to score goals, much like his usual team
the Calgary Flames.
Unlike the Canadian squad the betting money
isn't on Calgary in terms of breaking out of their scoring funk.
When Eric Lindros and Owen Nolan are replaced
with Craig Berube and Jeff Shantz you just know Mr. Iginla may just have
to play a larger role to get things done with his NHL club.
The Flames played a fairly solid game, that is
after settling down from a first period siege by the Avalanche, but
needed a late fluky goal by Marc Savard to force overtime and take a
point out of Denver.
The point is a valuable one however, given the
Western conference predicament the Flames find themselves in, and the
fact that the opposition was the defending Stanley Cup Champions.
The game was tied through two periods on goals
by Iginla's Salt Lake center, Joe Sakic, and Calgary teammate Scott
The Avalanche had a wide margin of the play in
the first period, out shooting the Flames by a 15 to 5 tally. Roman
Turek's strong play kept the Flames in it.
A different team emerged in the second period,
however, as the Flames then took the play to Colorado, with a 12-5
Early in the third period Sakic took advantage
of an over committing Denis Gauthier to send Radim Vrbata in for the go
ahead goal, seemingly sealing the Flames fate.
The game changed on a dime late in the second
however, when Marc Savard used fate and quick hands to send the game to
Savard chasing Pascal Trepanier behind the net
found the puck on his stick when Trepanier fired the puck off his
goaltender, Patrick Roy, who was out to play the puck. Savard collected
the loose puck and quickly wrapped it around the net and into the empty
The overtime session featured a clinic by
Iginla, who had three chances on his own in the Colorado zone, before
Avalanche coach Bob Hartley finally called time out to calm his troops.
With just nine seconds left Marc Savard galloped
in on a breakaway only to be foiled by Roy.
In the end the extra frame solved little, as the
Northwest conference foes kept their season series tied through five
The Flames out shot the Avalanche 12 to 8 in the
third to take the game edge by a count of 31 to 29.
The tie keeps the Flames one game under .500 and
within five points of Dallas and possibly Vancouver who was trailing St.
Louis through two periods.
Roman Turek -
If not for Roman
Turek this one might
have been over
before it started -
solid first period
to keep his team in
Savard - The enigmatic pivot played one of
his best games of the season, and scored the game tying goal late in the third.
3) Joe Sakic -
Olympic hero gets a goal and an assist in his return to the NHL.
OF THE GAME
so much a save, but
a push. Derek Morris
pushed Alex Tanguay
just as he was about
to push the puck
into the empty net
with less than a
minute left in the
Honorable mention to
Patrick Roy who got
the knob of his
stick on Marc Savard
when the Flame
center broke in
alone late in the
14 of their last 24
games on the road,
points away from
home are just huge
for this team,
including of course
games against big
teams like the
Jarome Iginla kept
his Olympic hot hand
in directing six
shots on the
Avalanche goal, but
came up empty on the
score board. ... He
was matched in shot
output by his
Olympic center Joe
Sakic, who also had
six shots. ... The
Flames were all
world in the face
off circle winning a
miraculous 65% of
the draws on the
night. Marc Savard
was good for 76%,
while winger Iginla
managed wins on 87%
of his attempts. ...
Another very high
hit count in this
one, with the two
teams combining for
76 hits, the
Avalanche taking 41
for their own. Rob
Blake led all
players with seven,
the Flames were led
by Craig Conroy and
Ron Petrovicky. ...
The Flames scratched
Robyn Regehr in
favour of Petr Buzek.
... Derek Morris
returned to his high
ice time norm,
logging 29:18 of ice
on the night. Jarome
Iginla led all
forwards with 26:51.
Rob Blake was tops
in the game with
33:12, so much for
resting the Olympic heroes.
Blake had to take
extra ice when Adam
Foote went down with
a shot to the