Flames Aves Tie in Thriller

Home Side Comes From Behind Three Times

November 2nd, 2002
D'Arcy McGrath

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Bruisin' Bob: The Flames and Avalanche put on a show on Saturday night.

Can't these two teams ever settle a game together?

The Calgary Flames and Colorado Avalanche skated to a 4-4 tie in Calgary on Saturday night, putting on a coast to coast display of hockey in the West.

The tie wouldn't come as a shock to those that follow the two teams given the fact that they tied up three of their five encounters last season.

Who's to say a tie game isn't exciting?

The game was somewhat of a coming out party for two rookies and a misfit.

Jordan Leopold played his best game as a Calgary Flame. He still made mistakes, but managed to do more with the puck and put his skating ability on display for the first time this season.

Chuck Kobasew and Rob Niedermayer both had strong games as well, Niedermayer having his best game in a Flame uniform, coming close to scoring on numerous occasions.

These developments bode well for a club heading out on a five game eastern swing.

The Flames opened the scoring on a first period powerplay. Martin Gelinas accepted a deftly deflected Toni Lydman pass from Jarome Iginla and walked in beating Patrick Roy.

The Flames held a decisive edge in play through the first 18 minutes of play before the Avalanche's star players took over.

First Joe Sakic jumped on a gargantuan Jamie McLennan rebound and whipped home his first of the season.

Then 22 seconds later, Sakic was back, this time setting up Peter Forsberg, parked on the edge of the crease uncovered, to give the Avalanche a 2-1 first period lead.

The Avalanche could have added to their lead early in the second when they seized the Calgary cage on a powerplay. Jamie McLennan stood tall however stopping six shots within the two minute advantage.

The Flames tied the score late in the second when ex-Avalanche Chris Drury spotted a sneaky Jordan Leopold coming in from the point on the powerplay. Leopold one timed the offering for his second of the season.

The period ended on a bizarre note when Denis Gauthier came out of the penalty box with less than five seconds to play. The puck appeared before him sending the defensive defenceman in alone. Just as he arrived near the net he flew through the air resulting in an extended arm from the official. Instead of sending Blake off for tripping, Gauthier was signaled for diving. Was it diving? Could have been, it's really hard to say, but to call a diving penalty on a breakaway? Tough call to make.

The Avalanche failed to score with the diving induced powerplay to open the third, but managed to go ahead on the next rush when Joe Sakic took a Peter Forsberg pass and potted his second of the night.

The lead didn't last long.

The game was tied again 15 seconds later when Craig Conroy used linemate Jarome Iginla as a screen and scored his third of the year.

Milan Hejduk put the visitors up a goal again when he took advantage of a near side over commitment by McLennan to whisk around the goal and stuff it in far side.

But the Flames were not to be out done on this night, running a 13-4 third period shots advantage to an eventual tying goal my Gelinas, his second of the night on a deflection.

The overtime was as eventful as the rest of the night with some glorious chances including a foiled Iginla breakaway and a late Flames powerplay.

The next action for the Flames is road encounter with the New York Islanders on Monday night.



Calgary Flames 4
Colorado Avalanche 4

Box Score


Gelinas Conroy Iginla
Niedermayer Drury Kobasew
Wright Yelle Clark
Berube Johansson Nichol
Lydman Regehr
Gauthier Buzek
Boughner Leopold


1 Peter Forsberg - Mario Lemieux may be tearing up the league, but the best player in hockey is this man. Goal and three assists in this one. 

2 Martin Gelinas - Continues his torrid start in Flame colours with two goals and an assist, including the marker that sent the game to overtime. 

3 Joe Sakic - The NHL's current goal leader nets two more to move his season to nine. Adds an assist.


Just pick any of the three breakaway thwarts by Patrick Roy. His best of the night though was his first period show down with ex-teammate Chris Drury. Drury pulled his patented forehand backhand move only to run into Roy's extended goal pad.


Peter Buzek turned the tables on ex-Flame Derek Morris when he sent Morris cart wheeling into the end boards in a collision coming from Buzek driving to the net.


The tie concludes the Flames home stand with a record of 1-0-2-1, for 5 points in four games. The club now has points in eight of their last nine games. ... The tie gives Jamie McLennan his first point tending goal for the Flames. ... The Flames edged the Avalanche by a count of 38-32 on face offs. Individually, Craig Conroy (58%), Chris Drury (56%) and Mattias Johansson (85%) all had great nights. ... Jarome Iginla had an astounding nine shots on goal this evening (two in the 1st, one in the 2nd, three in the 3rd, and three in OT), but came up empty. ... The usually solid pairing of Robyn Regehr and Toni Lydman were pretty much handed their lunch by Joe Sakic and Peter Forsberg tonight, both ending the game at -3. ... The game marked the first two point game of Jordan Leopold's career. ... Toni Lydman topped the 30 minute barrier in ice time. ... The battle of swapped players was somewhat anti-climatic with Drury picking up the only point, an assist.


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