Off On Right Foot
October 03, 2001
"All Out ... Every Shift"
You can't blame the Flames for not
following through on a marketing campaign.
In fact the Flames were pretty much
everything as advertised in their initial offering of the 2001-02
Improved defence ... check.
Improved goaltending ... check.
Improved specialty teams ... well on one
side of the ledger, definitely, check.
Anemic offence ... check.
Better result ... the bottom line.
The drastically altered Calgary Flames
put in a great debut performance on Wednesday night, turning back the
Edmonton Oilers 1-0.
Winning the first game of the season is
foreign to the Calgary Flames, taking that first game against their provincial
rivals is just that much sweeter.
A battle of goaltenders and special teams
dominated play through out the contest, but the scoreless tie was
finally broken midway through the third period.
With the Flames on a powerplay, Derek
Morris directed a hard shot at the net. As the powerplay expired Marc
Savard collected the rebound and beat a sprawling Tommy Salo to give the
Flames the game's only goal.
The rest of the story was Roman Turek and
the penalty killers.
"The opposing shooters don't have
much to see, he takes up much of the net", noted Robyn Regehr.
Turek was especially sound in the second
period when the Oilers took the play to the Flames for the majority of
the twenty minutes. The period shots registred seven apiece, but the
best chances went to the Northern Albertan squad.
The Oilers middle frame was an answer
back to the first period which featured the Flames carrying the play and
Overall the Oilers came up empty on nine
different odd man advantages. The Flames were short handed often due to
Oiler team speed and some questionable discipline on the Flames side.
Both Bob Boughner and Ron Petrovicky were
fingered twice, giving the Oilers chance after chance.
Solid positional play and eye popping
goaltending by Roman Turek proved the difference in shutting the Oilers
Five on five the Flames limited the
Oilers to less than ten shots, showing some solid positional
combination of elevated play from the Flames young defence, especially
Robyn Regehr and Derek Morris, added to one of the better goaltending
displays in recent memory at the Saddledome.
also goes to the Flames penalty killing group that kept the Oilers to