Flames Goal-less Again

Drop 3-0 Contest to Panthers

November 9th, 2002
D'Arcy McGrath

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Huge Hurme: Iginla and the Flames found Hurme to be unbeatable on Saturday night.

Uh Oh for two.

For the second straight road game, the Calgary Flames failed to hit the score sheet and as a result fell to defeat.

This time there were no overtime loss consolation points, just a 3-0 shut out loss to the suddenly streaking Florida Panthers.

The Flames managed to out-shoot the Panthers by a count of 28 to 24, but couldn't solve goaltender Jani Hurme, filling in for the injured Roberto Luongo, out with a stiff back.

Jarome Iginla fired six of the 28 shots towards the Florida goal, including a third period chance that appeared to be heading into an empty net only to find  away to stay out.

At least, in those one, he got some pucks to the net.

Through the four games on this Eastern road swing, Iginla has but one assist and no goals. Two of the four games he has failed to even garner an assist.

The Panthers picked up the only goal they'd need on this night when Kristian Huselius picked up a juicy powerplay rebound and fired it home to put the Panthers up by a score of 1-0.

Then with six minutes left in the period and captain Craig Conroy off for boarding, former Flame Val Bure basically salted things away with his 5th of the season, but third in his last four games. On the play, Bure took the puck in the slot and fired it through a Robyn Regehr's legs and past a screened Jamie McLennan.

"I think he had a hard time because of the screen," said Bure, "I tried to fire it between the defender's legs. I don't think he had a good look at it."

"I thought we played pretty well," McLennan said. "We battled. They got two power-play goals. What do you do? It's our fifth game this week in five different cities. It could have gone either way with a bounce here and a bounce there. It's not like they blew us out."

A scoreless third period did little to bring the Flames back into the game, leaving Florida an empty net goal by upstart Olli Jokinen to put the cap on the evening.

"They're a hard working hockey club," Flames coach Greg Gilbert said. "We weren't willing to pay the price in the tough areas, and do the dirty work to be successful. Especially with shots in front of the net. We had nobody there for the rebound to get the ugly goals."

The Flames will now conclude their road trip with a matinee on Monday afternoon in Atlanta. A win over the Dany Heatley, Illya Kovalchuk led Thrashers will give the Flames seven points (three wins, a loss and an overtime tie), making it a very successful trip. A loss will still leave the team .500 on the trip (2-2-0-1), but will leave a very nasty taste in the player's mouths after such a good start.

"You know, it wasn't a bad road game," said Iginla, "I'd say the chances were pretty close. It wasn't a bad game, for sure. But it's not good enough -- we didn't win. We're still playing well. Now if we go and win in Atlanta, it's a very good road trip."

Unfortunately playing well doesn't translate to a lot of points in the ultra competitive Western Conference - things just continue to grow more tight by the evening.

Last night, wins by the Oilers, Canucks, Blue Jackets and Hawks put some serious upward pressure on the standings. The Flames essentially tumbled from 5th place to a four way tie for 6th place with Vancouver, Columbus and Detroit.

You simply can't afford to take a night off.



Florida Panthers 3
Calgary Flames 0

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

1 Jani Hurme - The Finish goaltender stopped the Flames cold recording his first shut out of the season.

2 Kristian Huselius - Scored the game winner on a second period powerplay.

3 Val Bure - Continued his hot hand against his ex teammates, salting things away in the second period with a powerplay marker.

With the game still in doubt at 2-0, Hurme slides across the crease to foil what appeared to be a sure thing Jarome Iginla goal.

Florida's resident tough guy Peter Worell caught Flames defenceman Denis Gauthier not looking in his direction and dropped him with an open ice helmet spilling body slam.

The Flames dropped another one on the relative weakness of their special teams. The Panthers hit for two powerply goals on five chances while the Flames came up empty on three advantages. ... The Flames were dominant in the face off circle, winning 60% of the draws. Individually both Craig Conroy (69%) and Chris Drury were dominant (65%). ... Surprisingly, rookie Jordan Leopold surpassed Toni Lydman for the "on ice" king award last night, logging more than 23 minutes. Jarome Iginla led all forwards with  just over 20 minutes of ice time. Sandis Ozolinsh led all skaters with just under 30 minutes. ... 


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