Stands Tall in Shut Out
Win First At Dome with Flat Effort
October 31st, 2002
|Rollin Roman: Flames
stopper Roman Turek was on top of his game against Buffalo
They won't hang this one in the Louvre
but the Flames will take the two points anyway, overcoming one of their
more benign efforts of the season in locking up a 3-0 win last night
over the Buffalo Sabres.
In a game where the early play looked
to be permanently anchored in Calgary's end of the rink, the Flames rode
the stellar 30 save shutout goaltending of Roman Turek as well as a
spectacular shorthanded marker from clutch man Chris Drury to their
first home win in six starts.
Buffalo dominated this contest through
the first two periods, the shots sitting at 23-11, Calgary shaking off
the rust of a four day layoff, Turek stolidly hanging on in a shooting
gallery but the Flames inexplicably up 3-0 on deflection goals by Jarome
Iginla and Toni Lydman as well as Drury timely marker late in the second
But they won't be marking them for
style when April rolls around and certainly the Flames deserved a better
fate in games last week against Dallas and St. Louis so we'll chock this
one up to the Seinfeldian principle of "evening out" and note
Calgary closed the Sabres down in textbook fashion in the third period,
something they've been unable to do for much of this early season.
"Did we play our best? No we
didn't. But a win is a win," said Flames assistant coach Brad
McCrimmon in the Fan960 Hot Stove Lounge after the game.
"We felt we played a strong enough
road game to win," said Buffalo's Chris Gratton.
The victory left the Flames at 3-3-2-2
on the year, good for 10 points and in a tie for eighth in the Western
Conference with Vancouver.
The Sabres have scored only eight goals
in their last six games and probably deserved a better fate in this one
except for the work of Turek.
Flames opened scoring only 27 seconds
into the game when Toni Lydman's point shot was deflected by Iginla then
boinked off Alexei Zhitnik's skate and behind Buffalo starter Martin
Lydman padded Calgary's lead with his
second goal of the year, a point shot that went off Rhett Warriner's
high stick and behind Biron at 10:56.
We'll note that Lydman has stepped into
the shoes of the departed Derek Morris in spectacular fashion, five
points on the year, a plus eight and regularly putting in 25 minutes or
more a night.
The Flames were on the ropes again in
the second period when Drury was sprung lose on a Buffalo powerplay,
speeding in on Biron and batting in his own rebound for a 3-0 Calgary
edge at 17:23.
From there the Sabres began to fade and
are now winless in their last four.
Biron stopped 14 of 17 shots directed
Both teams were zero for five on the
Next up is Colorado and the return of
Derek Morris to the Saddledome on Saturday night for an important