Flames Come up
Short in Comeback Thriller
October 25th, 2001
Is it right for a team to be
jubilant with a loss?
Chances are when the Flames are
forced to confront their trance-like initial 40 minutes at
practice tomorrow, the answer will be a defiant
However, it's tough not to
appreciate the come from behind effort in gaining a point in a
game that looked all but lost less than four minutes into the
The only thing more bizarre than
the outcome of the game, was the entrants into this nine goal
Both the Flames and Predators are
built with a defence first mantra, the only way either team
can compete with large budget, offensive
On this night, both squads took a
break from the routine.
The Predators pounced early in this
one, striking twice in the games first four minutes on Flame
Denis Arkhipov opened the scoring,
with assists going to fellow "alphabet line" teammates
Vladimir Orszagh and Martin Erat.
Orszagh's assist gives the rookie
five points in his last three games.
The Predators doubled their lead
when a Robyn Regehr giveaway led to a two on one, and a Craig
Johnson goal. Vitali Yachmenev picked up the
The Flames climbed to within one as
Derek Morris scored his first of the season on a powerplay a
couple of minutes later.
Before the period was out the Preds
managed to pad their lead back to two when Andy Delmore scored
his first of two on the night.
Things got worse in the second with
Nashville extending their lead to three goals on David
Legwand's fourth goal of the season.
Shots on goal through two periods
had the Predators up almost two to one with a 19-11 edge. It
appeared the Flames planned to call it a night.
Or so the Saddledome faithful
One can almost imagine
... a tipped garbage can, possibly a scattering of
hockey sticks, a stomped on Gatore Aid bottle, regardless of
the motivational tool, the Flames were a different team in the
third, peppering Nashville with 18 shots and three
Jarome Iginla led the way with two
goals and an assist to add to his first period assist in
leading the Flames back to a tie in front of the sparse
His final goal coming with less
than a minute left on the clock.
The fairy book ending was ended
when Dean McAmmond was called for kneeing in the extra
Less than two minutes later the
Predators had a win, as Delmore scored his second of the night
on the powerplay.
The over time loss moves the Flames
record to 7-2-0-2 on the season, and continues their perfect
streak of at least a point per home game this season.