to be Tied
September 26, 2001
lot of things will have to go right for the Flames this season to avoid a
sixth straight season out of the playoffs and Rob Niedermayer, a key
off-season acquisition, will have be one of those critical components.
a slow start to camp, however, Niedermayer is serving notice that he may
well be up to the task.
scored the tying goal in the second period, and his second marker in as
many games, then came close to putting the game on ice with a power play
chance in the final minute of the third in leading the Flames to a 1-1
road draw with the Vancouver Canucks.
got a surprising pat on the butt on the TEAM 960 pre-game show when
Canucks stalwart Ed
Jovanovski dropped a few jaws with his assertion his ex-teammate, would
pick up 25 to 30 goals this season for Calgary.
goes without saying that Flames GM Craig Button would be doing cartwheels
at centre ice at the Saddledome if Niedermayer delivered that type of
were a few worried brows on the Flames bench when Niedermayer disappeared
into the Flames dressing room after a third period fight with Jarkko Ruutu.
But he reappeared for the final five minutes and almost nailed the winner
in the final minute with Matt Cooke in the penalty box.
Naslund started scoring at 13:39 of a largely uneventful first when he
stuffed a cross-ice pass from Andrew Cassels through Flames starter Roman
goaltender Dan Cloutier faced eight shots in the first while Turek handled
tied the game at 12:54 of the second after Jarome Iginla showed great
patience along the boards, allowing his centre to get into position in
front of the net. Calgary had five shots in the second, Vancouver only
Scott Nichol, attempting to secure a spot on the opening night roster,
nailed the goalpost on a Rico Fata rebound with just five minutes left in
made an excellent save in overtime on Markus Naslund after the Vancouver
captain scooted around Robyn Regher for a point-blank opportunity.
faced 18 shots in the game while Cloutier took on 20.
teams were scoreless in five power play chances.