Continues at Deadline
At least the Flames are quite adept at following
With the NHL trade deadline set for less than 24
hours after a match up in Minnesota, the squad did little to confuse
general manager, Craig Button's intentions by slipping further out of
the Western Conference playoff picture.
As far as stage direction goes, the team was
right on their marks the entire evening.
Out play and out shoot the opposition ... check.
Dominate five on five ... check.
Lose the game on special teams ... check again.
The loss was the third straight on the team's
nine game road trip, and the third straight to teams without a prayer of
making the playoffs.
All told the Flames trip concludes with a 2-5-2
record, good for 6 points in nine games; simply not enough.
Like the season as a whole the Flames managed to
secure five of their six points against teams ahead of them in the
standings, but just one in four games against the league's weak sisters.
The first period featured a pitched shut out for
both goaltenders and little in the way of offence, as the two teams
combined for only 11 shots.
In the second period five goals were scored, two
by the Flames while the teams were skating five aside, and three special
team goals by the Wild giving them the lead after two.
The Flames opened the scoring when Dean McAmmond
notched his third goal on the road trip and 16th of the season, moving
him to within three of his career best set with Edmonton during the
The Wild tied things up using a shorthanded goal
by Stacy Roest with just under eight minutes to play in the period.
The Flames went up again when Derek Morris
managed his third of the season with assists to Craig Conroy and Marc
Then the flood gates opened with the Wild
scoring two powerplay goals, both by Richard Park to take what turned
out to be an insurmountable 3-2 lead.
The Wild scored three second period goals on
only six shots, while the Flames fired 13 shots at former Flame Dwayne
The Flames managed little in the way of strong
offensive chances in the third, before the Wild salted things away with
a late goal by Antti Laaksonen.
The loss leaves the Flames eight points behind
Dallas in the ... ahem ... race for the final playoff spot.
Richard Park - Scored
back to back second
goals to get his
team the win.
Marion Gaborik - Two
point night with two
assists for the
Denis Gauthier - Only
plus player on the
OF THE GAME
Begin, who led the
Flames with for hits
on the night, caught
Wild defenceman Nick
Schultz fishing for
the puck in the Wild
zone and made him
OF THE GAME
Roloson made back to
back saves early in
the third period to
preserve the win
during a Flames
Flames returned home
after the and will
get ready to play
nine of their final
12 games on
Saddledome ice. ...
Jarome Iginla was
held off the
scoreboard for the
third time in his
last four games. In those
three games Iginla
has fired 15 shots.
... The two teams
were dead even in
the face off circle
with Clarke Wilm
carrying the mail
for Calgary. ... The
Flames out hit the
Wild by a 22-19
margin, led by Steve
Begin with four, and
many with two
apiece. The Wild's
Sylvain Blouin also
had four hits on the
night. ... The two
teams spent an
of the game in the
Wild zone. Just over
28 minutes of action
compared to only 18
minutes in the
Flames zone. ...
Derek Morris led all
skaters with 25:17
of ice time. ...
Robyn Regehr blocked
four shots to lead
the Flames in that