Turek Posts Doughnut in Road Win 

Flames Go Unbeaten Against Chicago This Season

March 7th, 2002
D'Arcy McGrath

Lowry Conroy Iginla
Niedermayer Yelle Clark
Gelinas Drury Saprykin
Berube Nichol Sloan
Gauthier Boughner
Leopold Regehr
Lydman Ference

The difference between winning and losing in a 30 team National Hockey League is inexplicably close.

One night you fill the net but have bad goaltending resulting in a loss.

Another night you have a stellar showing by your netminder but struggle on the offence and come up empty once again.

Sometimes, and most times it seems this season for the Calgary Flames, nothing works out resulting in loss after loss.

Everything came together in Chicago on Friday night however, sending the visiting Flames to the showers with a 2-0 victory over the struggling Blackhawks.

The Flames had grit, excellent penalty killing, great goaltending, and some bounces in a well deserved win.

On a night where even Hans Blix would have trouble identifying a weapon of any sort, it appeared the game was heading for the books in a scoreless draw.

2003 Draft Watch

If the draft was held today ...

Pick Team Player*
1 Carolina M.-A. Fleury
2 Atlanta Milan Michalek
3 Buffalo Nikolai Zherdev
4 Columbus Nathan Horton
5 Calgary Braydon Coburn
*ranking: Red Line 2/26/03

The Flames took the play to the Hawks early, pinning the home side in their own zone for much of the first six minutes in running up a six nil shot advantage.

Chris Drury came the closest to opening the scoring when his shot went between a Hawk defender's legs and off the iron behind Thibault.

Later in the period Tyler Arnason also fired a shot off the post, leaving the game scoreless through one period.

The second period featured more of the same; good goaltending and some severely blown chances as both teams seemed to self destruct more often than not when in close.

With just over nine minutes to play Chris Drury finally nuked the double goose egg by following the well known hockey axiom of putting the puck on the net, always.

Drury came across the line, fired the puck towards the Chicago cage, only to have it glance off a defenceman's rear end and past a startled Thibault.

The goal gives Drury four goals and two assists in his last three games - all Flame victories.

The game was pretty much put on ice when Theo Fleury made an ill-advised back hand pass through his legs in the Flames zone while the Hawks were trying to get set up with their goaltender pulled. Craig Conroy intercepted the faux pas and fired a rink wide pass to Jarome Iginla who hit nothing but net to score his 29th of the season. It was Iginla's first goal since he managed four in Phoenix on February 23rd.

The win moves the Flames out of the Western cellar and past tomorrow night's opponent, the Columbus Blue Jackets, and into 14th place.

In terms of the draft position, the win into spot number five, and only one point behind the Penguins with a game in hand.

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Calgary Flames 2
Chicago Blackhawks 0

1 Roman Turek - On again off again love affair is on again with a well earned shut out in the Windy City. 

2 Jocelyn Thibault - Tested all night ... came up good, came up lucky, but came up with the saves. 

3 Chris Drury - His game winner may have been off the hiney of a Chicago defenceman, but his line was the best on the ice all night.

Roman Turek came up "Large" on two occasions against Sergei Berezin in the third period. First he slid across with the paddle down and stopped a one timer. Minutes later he stopped Berezin again on a three way passing play.

Robyn Regehr caught Sergei Berezin attempting to beat him wide in the first period as he literally demolished the Russian winger into the boards in front of the Flames bench.

Though offence wasn't the story line in this one, the Flames new found second line consisting of Chris Drury, Oleg Saprykin and Martin Gelinas, once again dominated when on the ice and had the majority of strong Flame scoring chances. Was that Oleg Saprykin making that diving poke check on a back checking play in the third period? ... Seems Darryl Sutter is noticing as Saprykin's ice time continues to build with almost 15 minutes on the night. ... With just over a minute to play Darryl Sutter called a time out and called his troops over to the bench for a discussion. When leaning forward it was humorous to watch Sutter using Craig Berube's skull as a resting point for his elbow as he barked orders. Berube didn't seem to mind. ... Robyn Regehr was a most difficult opponent to play against once again. He blocked shots, through some huge hits, and generally looked to be in a foul mood all night. ... Bob Boughner just couldn't win for trying in this one. First he gets prompted into a fight with the pint sized Steve Sullivan, a bout that turns into a wrestling match with Boughner clearly trying to avoid being the aggressor in a mismatch. Then later Boughner is dragged into another tussle with heavy weight Chris Simon, leaving his face cut in two places. ... The Hawks had a 36-27 edge in the face off circle with every Flame center batting under .500. ... Six different Flames had three or more shots in this one. ... The Flames were led in ice time by Toni Lydman with 25:45. 


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