Come From Behind in Dallas
When a coach says he needs scoring from
"unexpected sources" you know his team probably has little
offence to begin with.
But the Flames took "unexpected
sources" to new lengths - or depths - in their 4-3 overtime victory
over Dallas last night with Bob Boughner getting his tenth career
marker, Steve Begin with only the second of his career, and Denis
Gauthier with the seventh goal of his short NHL life.
Only Craig Conroy, with the eventual
winner in OT, could be even modestly described as a regular contributor
to Calgary's offence.
But that's the way it has to be for this
Flames team as they continue their incandescent start to this young
season, running their record to 4-1-0-1 and looking good while doing it.
"This win is probably going to set a
tone for the rest of the year," an ecstatic Conroy said after the
Delirious Flames fans would hope so as
they wake up this morning feeling as though they were in some kind of
late 1980's time warp, the Flames tied for first overall in the NHL with
Montreal and the Islanders and the Oilers fourth.
This victory was also a particularly
gutty one as well, the Flames down 2-0 after the first period and
looking to be wiped out by a Dallas team many are considering a Stanley
Cup contender. Only the stellar work of starter Roman Turek in the first
kept the contest even remotely close to being salvageable.
But the Flames turned the tables in the
second after an encouraging between periods talk from coach Gilbert with
markers from those ubiquitous unexpected sources, Boughner and Begin, to
The Stars seemed to have the game wrapped
up with Mike Modano's second marker of the game on a nifty power play
tap-in from the side of the net at 10:46 of the third period. Steve
Begin had been tossed from the game for a knee on knee collision with
Toni Lydman was then penalized with only
2:53 left in the game, seeming to seal the Flames fate.
But Gauthier with a short-handed wrist
shot after a terrific pass from the increasingly valuable Scott Nichol
caught Stars netminder Ed Belfour with his pants down at 18:05 to bring
the Flames back even. Only moments before, Benoit Hogue of the Stars had
rattled a wrist-shot off the post.
It was then up to Conroy, on a bouncing
puck mad scramble in front of Belfour with Dean McAmmond on the scene,
to give the Flames the final victory with his first career OT goal at
Ironically, the Flames had spent part of
their practice sessions after a 1-0 loss in Nashville on Thursday,
working on just such a scenario, stopping at the net and hacking away
rather than skating on by. The Begin goal in the second period was also
the result of such an effort as well.
Flames received another three points from
defencemen last night, bringing the blueline total to 12 on 14 Flames
goals scored to date.
The victory also brings the Flames home
with a 2-1 mark on this three game road trip and in characteristic
fashion, losing to a team beneath their grade in Nashville, then beating
two of the premier Cup contenders in the league.
Dallas outshot the Flames 37-32.
Flames were one for five on the powerplay
but allowed Dallas a powerplay goal in five chances as well.