Continues at .500 Pace
When the Flames left Calgary on this mammoth
nine game road trip it was anyone's guess as to what number of
points would be required to keep pace with the rest of the pack.
So far so good.
With five games in arrears on the nine game
junket the Flames have a break even record with five points. Plus their
getting some help.
The Edmonton Oilers have only won two of their
last seven games; the Vancouver Canucks have lost three in a row and
have won only one of their last eight.
Going into Tuesday's games the Flames now only
sit four points out of the western conference's 8th position, with some
of the easiest touches on this road trip remaining.
In Carolina the Flames relied on the old stand
bye to get them a crucial road point - Jarome Iginla.
Iginla continued his seven game point streak, a
streak that has seen him rack up seven goals and 15 points, by adding a
goal and an assist to pace the Flames.
The game was a see saw battle that always
remained within one goal.
The Flames opened the scoring in the first
period when Craig Conroy scored his 21st goal of the season with Ron
Francis in the sin bin for hooking.
The Hurricanes tied the score with a back
breaking goal with only 15 seconds left in the period. The marker was
also a powerplay marker.
In the second period the Flames retook the lead
when Iginla converted his 43rd goal of the season unassisted. The goal
puts Iginla nine up on the nearest combatant, Bill Guerin, and appears
to be a lock to be the first Canadian born player to claim the Maurice
Like the first period this lead wasn't meant to
last either. Three minutes later the Hurricanes struck again on the
powerlay to even the score, this time Bates Battaglia did the honors.
The Canes outshot the Flames by a 11-5 margin in
the second period.
The Flames reversed the tables by carrying the
play in the third period, but it was the Hurricanes that found the go
ahead goal. Jeff Daniels scored an even strength goal to forge a lead
that lasted almost the entire period.
A late goal by Craig Conroy on a Flames
powerplay brought the visitors even to earn a point on the night.
The come from behind late goal was poetic
justice for the Flames after losing games in Washington and Boston on
The Flames move on to Florida to play the
Panthers and Lightning next.
Craig Conroy -
Now eight goals and
18 points clear of
his career best
added two on the
Ron Francis - Ageless
warrior continues to
compete at a high
level, scored a goal
and added an assist.
Jarome Iginla -
continued his torrid
pace by adding
another two points.
OF THE GAME
Flames' Petr Buzek
up" when he
tried to enter
traffic in front of
the Carolina goal
only to be flattened
by Brett Hedican.
OF THE GAME
Irbe stoned Jarome
Iginla on a short
handed chance after
Craig Conroy and
Iginla broke in,
executing a perfect
two on one.
Flames now have a
through five games
on this road trip.
The two losses and
the tie have
goals in the last
two plus minutes.
... The Mike Vernon
fiasco continues to
unfold with reports
that Vernon is set
to join the team in
Florida. ... Bob
Boughner and Clarke
Wilm were both
scratched due to
bumps and bruises.
... The Flames
suffered one of the
of the season wining
only 36% of the face
offs and finding
themselves on the
wrong side of a
32-18 hit count.
Jarome Iginla led
all Flames with
three hits while
Eric Cole had an eye
popping 8 for