Stones Former Mates
November 17th, 2001
The only thing the Calgary
Flames have asked Roman Turek to deliver this young season is
the consistent goaltending that Fred Brathwaite couldn't.
Facing former fan favourite
Brathwaite last night at the Saddledome, Turek turned in a
sensational performance, stopping 38 shots, many of them
difficult, in a 2-0 Calgary victory.
It was the fourth shutout of
the season for Turek and it would also be fair to say the
towering netminder nicknamed "Large" by his
teammates gave the Flames points they shouldn't have had for a
third straight game.
In other words, the new mantra
for Flames fans is: "Freddie who?"
The victory extended Calgary's
undefeated string to eight games (6-0-2), its longest such
streak since the 10 games without a loss in 1992-93.
Calgary is now a terrific
13-2-2-2 on the season, the best start in franchise history,
good for 30 points and second place overall in the NHL behind
Detroit (33 points) pending the outcome of the later
Turek has never been beaten by
a former team, now 11-0-2 against Dallas and St. Louis.
Flames were outshot 38-19 in
this contest, a remarkable statistic considering Calgary
actually had an incredible four two man advantage
opportunities over five minutes and 43 seconds.
It was on the last of those
advantages at 17:10 of the second period that Jarome Iginla,
the NHL's leading scorer with 31 points, finally beat
Brathwaite with his 15th of the season. Iginla, extending his
point streak to 13 games, one-timed a cross-ice Dean MacAmmond
pass behind the former Flames netminder.
Iginla, on another powerplay at
11:16 of the third, twisted himself into a pretzel in
backhanding a Brathwaite rebound into the net to put the game
out of reach.
From that moment on the Blues
poured everything they could at Turek, outshooting Calgary
17-5 in the final frame but skating away disappointed time and
A peculiarity of this game is
the fact Turek will actually have to share the shutout with
Mike Vernon who was tossed into the game for one shift to give
an exhausted Flames power play a breather. Vernon played :54
seconds and faced no shots.
It would not be a stretch to
say Turek robbed in consecutive games Colorado, Chicago and
now St. Louis, contests where his team was largely outplayed
but ended up with five of a possible six points.
The Blues have lost three
straight games and in fairness to the Flames, St. Louis dug
their own grave with some incredibly undisciplined play which
resulted in numerous Calgary powerplays.
Flames were helped by the
return of crease clearing defenceman Bob Boughner but were
without the services of centre Rob Niedermayer, forcing a
collection of Steve Begin, Scott Nichol and Clarke Wilm to
pick up the slack.
Al MacInnis high sticked Derek
Morris in the face in the second which drew considerable blood
but Morris missed only a shift.
Calgary, already among the
league leaders in man games lost, may have suffered another
serious blow when Craig Conroy went down after taking a knee
to the head late in the game. Flames were already without
fellow centres Marc Savard and Rob Niedermayer. On the St.
Louis side, MacInnis disappeared in the third with an