Feast on Predators
When it rains it pours.
The goal starved Calgary Flames served up an
offensive banquet on Saturday night at the Pengrowth Saddledome, and
found a few different flavours in downing the Nashville Predators.
A powerplay goal for starters.
An even strength goal to double the lead.
A shorthanded goal to put it out of reach.
To finish things off in the third another
shorthanded goal and an empty netter to fill out the menu.
The crowd would have been excused for a
collective gaping mouth with the reality that a penalty shot goal wasn't
in the making.
The Flames opened the scoring when Craig Conroy
deftly deflected a Derek Morris point shot past Mike Dunham on the
powerplay. The goal was Conroy's 19th of the season, leaving him one
short of 20 goal mark, a total he has never been near in his career.
A few minutes later Marc Savard doubled the lead
when he intercepted an errant Nashville clearing attempt and roofed a
seeing eye shot over the out stretched glove of Dunham.
The Flames pretty much put the game on ice while
killing a penalty late in the first. While a man short the Flames found
themselves repeatedly on odd man rushes before Jarome Iginla finally
converted a chance with a laser beam that is sure to make league wide
The second period started with a spirited
Nashville team taking the play to the Flames.
By the middle of the period the play had swung
back to the Flames favour with Dean McAmmond converting an Iginla
rebound in the frame's last minute.
Roman Turek's franchise record for shut outs was
nixed when ex-Flame Steve Dubinsky scored with less than eight minutes
left on the clock.
Late in the game Craig Berube picked and
successfully found a fight with the Predator's Reid Simpson, and eked
out a draw. For his efforts he was afforded a minor for high sticking, a
minor for instigating, a major, and a ten minute misconduct.
The Predators found themselves on a four minute
powerplay with the goalie pulled only to have Calgary's Chris Clark hit
the empty net to salt things away.
A late goal by Cliff Ronning did little but to
worsen the Flame's less than stellar penalty kill record.
Marc Savard -
Picked up a goal and
Iginla - The Flames Gold Medallist had
chances all night, picked up two points, including a rocket over Dunham's
shoulder short handed.
3) Roman Turek - Large
had to be Large early in the second when the Predators had enough chances to
erase their three goal deficit.
OF THE GAME
the game somewhat in
doubt early in the
2nd period Turek
made a series of
including a stick
handle save on Cliff
Ronning that barely
floated over the
OF THE GAME
Boughner caught the
eye of all onlookers
with a tremendous
open ice hit on Reid
Simpson as the
Predator winger was
leaving the Preds
has to wonder if
Greg Gilbert noticed
Pat Quinn's reliance
on Jarome Iginla to
kill penalties in
Salt Lake City.
Iginla hadn't killed
many penalties in
Calgary, but was on
the second unit
tonight. ... Roman
Turek didn't do his
expected lap after
getting named the
third star of the
game at the
didn't stick around
to bump heads and
gloves with his
he may have been
less than impressed
with the Flames
defensive play that
led to his gassed
shut out. ... The
Flames won the
battle of the face
off dot tonight, but
by the slimmest of
margins, 51 to 49%.
Craig Conroy was
good for 80% for
Calgary. ... The
Flames were out hit
by the Predators by
a margin of 30 to
28. Four different
Predators had four
hits, while the
Flames were led by
skaters with three
Begin, Morris). ...
Derek Morris spent
the most time on the
ice for Calgary with
22:20 of logged
Timonen led all
skaters with 23:23.
... The two teams
spent over 25
minutes of the game
in the Nashville
zone, compared to
only 21 minutes in
the proximity of