Flames Fit to Be Tied
November 7th, 2001
Momentum can play a huge role
in the game of hockey.
A one sided fight, a bone
rattling hit, a great kill of a two man advantage or an odd
call by an official ... all potential swing points in a hockey
A scrappy, if unpolished see
saw battle in Anaheim featured many momentum shifts, as the
two clubs settled for what turned out to be a just tie in the
After a scoreless first period
the Flames opened the scoring, striking with the power play
early in the second.
Dean McAmmond worked the puck
behind the net to Craig Conroy, who turned and took it towards
the back of the Duck's cage. Much like Kent Nilsson in the
early 80's, Conroy instead spotted a seemingly stealthed
Jarome Iginla slipping into the slot, and fed him a pass
before moving behind the net. Iginla one timed the pass for
his 10th of the season.
From there the Flames continued
to press, and had basically prevented the Ducks from any real
offence until a weak goal tied the game midway through the
On the play Patric Kjellberg
avoided a hit from Ron Petrovicky and took the puck to the
slot before spotting Niclas Havelid heading toward the net.
Havelid fired a low shot, short side that eluded Roman Turek -
a goal Turek would clearly like to have back.
The goal seemed to stun the
Flames as both teams slipped into a tedious, uninspired
section of the game, with neither team getting much in the way
The Flames regained the lead in
the period's last minute when the big line struck once again.
This time Dean McAmmond did the honors from behind the net,
once again spotting the Flames "go to" guy, Iginla
for his second of the night.
Iginla's two goals gives him 11
on the season, and extends his point streak to nine games.
Much like the second period the
Flames seemed to have things under control early in the third,
playing a sound defensive game, and preventing the Ducks from
getting any chances.
However a bizarre chain of
events stemming from the officiating turned the game on it's
ear once again.
Chris Clark was sent off for
goalie interference five minutes into the period on a play
that was questinable at best. The replay clearly showed Clark
coming to a full stop in front of Duck's goaltender J.S.
Giguere, before getting run from behind by Kevin Sawyer.
On the ensuing powerplay the
Ducks tied the game after a Craig Conroy clearing attempt
struck an official and bounded to the point. Steve Rucchin was
credited with the goal when the point shot bounced off his
A couple of minutes later the
Ducks took their first lead of the night when Paul Kariya
streaked down the side and fired a cannon just inside the
From there the Ducks appeared
to go into a shell as they sat back and iced the puck on
numerous occasions. As is most often the case, the shell
approach was doomed to fail when another Flame streak was
continued for the tying goal.
Dave Lowry found a loose
rebound off a tremendous effort by Rob Niedermayer to score
his fifth of the season, and fourth in four games.
The overtime period witnessed a
flat Flames squad with the best chances going to the Ducks,
but neither team managed to settle things.
1) JAROME IGINLA - Two more goals for
the Flames leading sniper.
2) PAUL KARIYA - The recently hot
Kariya didn't slow down on this night scoring once and setup
another, all in the third period.
ROB NIEDERMAYER -
assist and points streak to five games, great work down low,
set up game tying goal.
OF THE GAME
As is often the case, the hit of the game once
again went to Ron Petrovicky, as he caught an unaware Dan
Bylsma as the Ducks winger skated behind the Flames net. The
third period hit left Bylsma down and skidding across the ice.
OF THE GAME
Craig Berube found a willing foe in Kevin
Sawyer in the first period. The big AHL winger clearly got the
better of the veteran, cutting Berube below the nose with
The Flames failed to continue their perfection
streak in terms of penalty killing, surrendering one goal to
four Duck chances. ... The Flames were one for four with the
advantage themselves. ... The Flames played one of their most
sloppy games of the season, giving up 34 shots on Roman Turek,
and turning the puck over far too often. ... Another
surprising turn in stats for the Flames was another tough
night on the draws, only winning 46% on the night. Craig
Conroy was a season low 39%, while Clarke Wilm was his alter
ego at 61%. ... The Flames out-hit the Ducks by a margin of 26
to 19 on the night, led by Ron Petrovicky with five. ... Derek
Morris played a staggering 31:05 of ice time tonight, and
appeared to show it late when he mishandled the puck on
numerous occasions. Jarome Ignila led all forwards with 25:42.
The Ducks were led by Oleg Tverdovsky with 23:30. ... On
a night when Iginla stretched his lead on league scoring by an
additional two goals, talk in Toronto has Canadian officials
naming more players to Team Canada in the near future.
Iginla's name continues to circulate as a possible selection.