Two Late Goals Turn Win to Tie 

Flames Essentially Score Twice On Themselves

March 16th, 2003
D'Arcy McGrath

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

Sixty minutes. 

The duration of many television shows.

The total amount of time a hockey team is deemed to apply itself during the progress of a traditional NHL hockey game.

So why can't these guys figure it out?

The Calgary Flames carried a 2-0 lead into the third period in Anaheim on Sunday night, but surrendered two third period tallies to end in a 2-2 tie.

In the after math of another tough third period, another final frame that resulted in diminished points in a frustrating season, is it reasonable to look for a sliver lining?

The Flames have only two losses in their last eight games, not a bad record for a team long since effectively eliminated from post season play.

It's the 60 minute label however, that this club simply has to solve in the remaining games of this season if they wish to reverse their fortunes next season.

World beaters for two periods ... dog's breakfast for another - a pattern they've held all season.

The two clubs played to a scoreless first period, in a building that hasn't seen a Flame victory in eight tries.

Much like the previous night in San Jose the Flames carried the strong majority of the play out shooting the Ducks by a 14-6 margin.

The Flames scored twice in the second period with a pair of powerplay goals notched by Jarome Iginla and Toni Lydman to put the club up two heading to the third period.

The second period was much like the first frame with the Flames dominating to the tune of 13-6 on the shot clock - a two period total of 27-12.

They just couldn't lock it down in the third, however.

The Ducks found their game and pressed the Flames and goaltender Jamie McLennan for much of the twenty minutes, out shooting the Flames 17-8.

When Paul Kariya failed on a penalty shot it appeared that lady luck was on the visitors side and a win assured until Petr Sykora rode some good fortune to single handedly sent the game to overtime.

First with just under five minutes to play Sykora was credited when back checking Martin Gelinas directed the puck into his own net.

That made things interesting as the Ducks smelling blood went full on to the attack.

Their good work was rewarded when Sykora scored again with the goalie pulled when he banked the puck in off of defenceman Robyn Regher to tie things up.

The Flames went back on the attack in overtime, but failed to score.

Next up is Los Angeles on Tuesday night.

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Calgary Flames 2
Anaheim Mighty Ducks 2

1 Petr Sykora - Two huge third period goals to deliver a tie from a sure loss. 

2 Jarome Iginla - A goal and seven more shots on goal for the Flames' star. 

3 Steve Rucchin - Unheralded pivot picks up two third period assists.

The Flames and Ducks have completed their four game season series with the Ducks taking home two wins and a tie in four games. The two clubs played it close all season with the clubs each scoring 11 times. ... Marc Chouinard and Scott Nichol dropped the gloves just over five minutes in. ... The Flames continue to out shoot their opponents in recent games. Four nights ago the Flames out shot the Maple Leafs by a margin of 38-23. Last night in San Jose they held the edge 34-28. Tonight the Flames carried the play to the tune of 39-29. That accounts for a total of 111-80 or an average of 37-27. What does it mean? Nothing if miscues and mistakes consistently end up with a red light. Building blocks however, building blocks. ... The Flames came up just short in the face off circle against the league's best face off team, taking 46% of the draws (33-38). Stephane Yelle was the only Flame center with a better than break even record (11-10). ... Robyn Regehr led all skaters by a country mile in terms of ice time with 28:23.

2003 Draft Watch

If the draft was held today ...

Pick Team Player*
1 Buffalo M.-A. Fleury
2 Atlanta Milan Michalek
3 Carolina Nikolai Zherdev
4 Pittsburgh Nathan Horton
5 Columbus Braydon Coburn
6 Calgary Eric Staal
7 San Jose Andrei Kastsitsyn
*ranking: Red Line 2/26/03
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