Saw Off

Tired Bruins Eke out Tie in Calgary

October 17th, 2002
Rick Charlton

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Mighty Mite: Pluggy Flames winger plays it rough.

When all is said and done at the end of this season it should be fairly easy to tell what may have helped or hindered Calgary's playoff chances.

Routinely beating road teams playing their second game in as many nights will have been one of those factors.

After posting a losing record in such circumstances last year - and missing the playoffs for a sixth straight season - the Flames were unable to put away the visiting Boston Bruins last night, settling for a 3-3 tie in front of 15,346 at the Saddledome.

Boston had come into the contest having beaten up Vancouver 6-3 the previous night, a wipeout that included a nine point evening from their top line of Joe Thornton, Glen Murray and Sergei Samsonov.

But that trio again dominated in Calgary, collecting another six points and forcing the Flames to rely on Chris Clark's tying marker with only 19 seconds remaining in the second period.

Punctuating what was otherwise a fairly morose affair was the startling sight of a would-be streaker who apparently blew a tire after coming over the glass in the third period, eventually being wheeled off the ice on a stretcher with fists pumping.

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You Da Man!: Maimed streaker signals he's "ok" to Saddledome fans. 

Who knew ice would be slippery?

So unusual was the spectacle that for the first time in years, Bruin coach Robbie Ftorek cracked a smile in public.

Calgary is still winless at home this young season, now 0-2-1 and it will be points, both gained and lost in similar circumstances, which will be counted closely by the time this campaign winds down.

"We should have worked them down low more, worked them in their zone more," analyzed Clark after the game on FAN960.

Boston opened scoring early in the first when Thornton, collecting the first of three assists, centered a pass from behind the net to a wide open Murray who had no trouble beating Calgary starter Roman Turek with a quick snap shot at 5:45.

Calgary thought it had tied the score halfway through the first but a Mattias Johansson shot was nabbed by Boston starter Steve Shields just as it was sliding across the goal line.

Flames finally evened things up at 19:00 when Chris Drury took a power play point shot and Toni Lydman, pinching in from the point, drilled the rebound past a down and out Shields.

Both teams scored twice in the second, Chuck Kobasew starting the tidal wave when completing a nifty play from Marc Savard who had blown by a Boston defender before centering the puck to his linemate. Boston retaliated twice to take the lead on goals by Jonathon Girard and Bryan Berad, both defencemen pinching in from the point to pick up garbage on the goal-step, before Clark tied the game again with a pass attempt that deflected in off Girard with only 19 seconds left in the period.

Both goaltenders were fairly average through the contest until both were called upon for game saving stops in overtime. Shields twice halted Jarome Iginla on the edge of the crease, the last time with only moments to go in the game, while Turek was left alone with Hal Gill midway through the extra period.

Turek stopped 16 of 19 shots and Shields got in the way of 24 of 27 Calgary shots.

Pleasing to the eye of Flames coach Greg Gilbert must have been the minimal three penalties taken by the Flames, although the Bruins scored their opening goal on one of those chances. The Flames induced seven penalties by the Bruins and scored twice with the man advantage.

Next stop is a road date in Chicago on Saturday, the start of a three game road trip.



Calgary Flames 3
Boston Bruins 3

Box Score


Gelinas Conroy Iginla
Savard Drury Kobasew
Wright Yelle Clark
Nichol Johansson Sloan
Lydman Regehr
Gauthier Boughner
Buzek Dupont


1 Joe Thornton - three assists and dominating on every shift 

2 Toni Lydman - A goal and 33 minutes of ice time as the memory of Derek Morris begins to fade. 

3 Steve Shields - allowed three but without him this would have been a Flames win in the end.


With only moments to go in overtime, Steve Shields made like a pretzel, wildly flinging his arm behind him to stop a rebound from Iginla, the second time in the extra-session he had stopped Iginla on the doorstep.


In a technique that's likely to gain popularity among NHL defencemen as a result of the new obstruction crackdown, Boston defenceman Sean O'Donnell allowed Chris Drury to go into the corner ahead of him then flattened the Flames forward with a crunching hit. O'Donnell was penalized for boarding on the play.


Boston's Glen Murray and Colorado's Rob Blake both live beachside in LA and have taken to sand volleyball tournies in the off-season. "We get beat by 13- and 14-year-old kids,'' Blake told the Boston Herald. "But for us, it's a fun way to stay in great shape. We don't take it as seriously as some of the guys, but we are getting better. Most of the people don't have a clue that we play hockey. They think we're just another couple of guys on the beach.'' "We played almost every day this summer,'' Murray told the Herald. "We'd work out in the morning, then go surfing at about 11 a.m., when the waves are best, then play beach volleyball at about 3 or 3:30. It's a pretty great life.'' . . . . . . Flames destroyed the Bruins in the faceoff circle, winning 65% of the time, Stephane Yelle winning a phenomenal 82% of his draws with Craig Conroy at 61% and Chris Drury at 83%. Rob Zamuner managed to claw out a 50% rating for the Bruins. . . . . . . Toni Lydman put up 33:08 of ice time, not coincidentally a number similar to that of Derek Morris in the early part of last year. Robyn Regehr was on the ice for 26:33 of ice time. Nick Boynton was a puzzling choice to lead the Bruins with 27:33 of ice time. Thornton played 23 minutes. . . . . . . . Iginla had six shots for Calgary and Murray had five shots for the Bruins.
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