Calgary Flames 3 Florida Panthers 1

Single Bure'd Panthers Fall to Flames

D'Arcy McGrath

October 18th, 2001

Probably the most remarkable aspect of the Flames 3-1 victory over the Florida Panthers on Thursday night, was just how unremarkable it was.

Saddledome fans, used to last year's debacle on home ice, seemed hardly surprised that the Flames would parlay a first period three goal lead into a relatively meek fifth victory on the season.

Five days rest did the Flames little harm, as the upstart club turned in yet another solid all round performance in running their season record to 5-1-0-1.

The win gives the Flames 11 points in seven games, and a share of first place in the Northwest Division and a tie for second place in the Western Conference.

Even more startling? The Flames have managed to find points in all four games on home ice this season. The Flames managed points in only 21 of 41 home games last season, so a four for four mark early is clearly significant.

The Flames jumped on the Panthers early, scoring three goals in the first period, on a less than stellar former Flames stopper, Trevor Kidd.

Two of the three goals were scored on the powerplay, with the even strength goal coming just seconds after Olie Jokinen returned to the ice.

The Flames opened the scoring when Jarome Iginla found a rebound in front of Kidd, and hoisted the puck up and over the lanky fallen goaltender.

Just over two minutes later Iginla scored his second of the night on the powerplay, converting a heads up pass from Craig Conroy over Kidd's shoulder. The goal was Iginla's third of the season.

With less than a minute left in the first period, Jukka Hentunen scored his first NHL goal on a play that will likely be described much differently by the time the rookie Fin tells his grandchildren.

Robyn Regehr wristed a shot from the point that was tipped by Hentunen towards the Florida goal. Jeff Norton had the puck glance off his skate and slide into the empty net past a diving Trevor Kidd.

With a solid Roman Turek in goal the outcome was pretty much determined after twenty minutes.

The Panthers burst Turek's attempt for a third shut out on the season with a fluke goal midway through the third period.

Ivan Novoseltsev took a Dan Boyle pass and fired a harmless shot wide of the Flames goal. The puck glanced off of Derek Morris' skate and slid past a helpless Roman Turek. The goaltender still hasn't seen the puck.

The Panthers tried to press to narrow the margin but were held at bay, as the Flames kept things simple in preserving the win. 

The win was the Flames third on home ice, a feat they didn't accomplish until December 9th last season. The Flames home record moves to 3-0-0-1 on the season.


1) Jarome Iginla - Flames sole sniper leads the way in scoring the games first two goals in the first period. 

2) Derek Morris - Flames rearguard logs almost half a game of ice time, and plays a solid role in his own zone. One assist on the night.

3) Craig Conroy - Default number once center (with injuries to Marc Savard and Rob Niedermayer) solid in all aspects.

Box Score


Steve Begin jumps off his feet to pound Paul Laus into the boards behind the Florida bench. Runner up ... a huge Peter Worrel catching Toni Lydman with on a similar play in the second period. 


The only two scraps of the night occurred just minutes apart in the first period. Peter Worrel battled out a close decision over the Flames Craig Berube, and Joey Tetarenko clubbed his way to a decisive victory over a very game Bob Boughner.


Trevor Kidd dropped to a split formation and kicked out a Dean McAmmond offering in the second period. 


We've all grown accustomed to the high ice time totals by the Flames big four young defenceman this season, and tonight was no different as Derek Morris (28:33) and Robyn Regehr (24:07) logged almost half a game each. But with the team's injuries up front, the Flames make shift first line of Craig Conroy, Dean McAmmond and Jarome Iginla also put in a lot of time with 27:17, 26:55 and 25:58 respectively. ... Dave Lowry and Derek Morris led all shooters with four shots on goal apiece. ... Calgary was 2 for 6 on the powerplay while killing two Panther man advantage opportunities. ... The key night for the powerplay dramatically changes the Flames standing in league wide with an extra skater on the ice. The team came in sitting 8th with a 16.7% success ratio. After the night the Flames percentage moved to 19.1%, which could move the team up two places.