Flames Mauled by Bruins

Turek, McLennan both victimized in Rout

November 26th, 2002
Rick Charlton

AP Photo

Crushed: Flames pounded in Beantown.

Oooooh, that one looked bad.

Real bad.

But was it a coach killer?

Calgary could have taken an early train to Washington for all the difference it would have made after being trampled early and often in Boston last night, spiralling into the dirt 7-2 to the Bruins in front of a mercifully small number of witnesses, only 13,582 in attendance.

There are losses and then there are real nasty losses and this certainly qualified as one of the latter, ugly in all respects with the Flames looking like a team surprised they were playing anyone let alone the Eastern Conference leaders.

An ominous five game road trip, littered with quality opponents including the Capitals tomorrow, began in eerie fashion with Flames put on the mat by two Bruin goals in the first eleven minutes, both Marty McInnis and Glen Murray taking advantage of soft defensive play from the Flames for unfettered access to Calgary's beleaguered starter Roman Turek.

From there it was no contest, Boston ratcheting up a 4-0 lead by the first minute of the second period before allowing the Flames some hope with a Jarome Iginla power play goal, his fifth marker of the year but only his third in 17 games, at 1:46 of the second.

But Boston found the net twice more before the end of the period, including a hat trick marker from Murray and a soft shorthanded marker from Brian Rolston, making the score 6-1 and deflating any hopes the Flames may have had after a brief flurry of life.

The Bruins coasted to the finish line with little more than a wave of the hand from The Friendly Flames.

It would take too many bytes in cyberspace to catalogue the crimes committed this night by the boys from Calgary but we'll dwell first and foremost on the failure to show up in the first place.

The final score of 7-2 and, more importantly, the soft defensive effort across the ice that led to it, has undoubtedly re-awakened the Greg Gilbert watch, the Flames coach already nearing life support status before a seven game losing streak was halted with a Flames 3-1 victory over Chicago on Saturday night.

This one, however, easily fits the bill of a coach-killing game.

The Flames, full of confidence only three weeks ago after a 3-2 win over New Jersey during their last east coast trip, are giving every indication of a team needing a shakeup.

That can either come via a chemistry changing trade or more ominously, the routine and easier step of sending the coach packing.

Calgary falls to 6-10-3-3 and is now 1-6-0-1 in the last eight, hovering in the nether reaches of the Western Conference with a scant 18 points in 21 games, so far down the pole that we won't even bother looking it up after such a horrendous showing.

Turek could hardly be faulted for the early 3-0 Boston lead as the Flames allowed a veritable shooting gallery of of close-in opportunities.

But it was Jamie McLennan starting the second period and he let one in only fifty seconds into his tenure. And three more after that.

Flames outshot the Bruins 31-30 on the night.

Boston has outscored opponents 34-8 in their last seven games at the Fleet Center.

Iginla's goal was actually a plus on the night but negated by a minus three on the negative side of the ledger. Martin Gelinas ended a 10 game goal-less drought with Calgary's second marker. The 30th ranked power play in the NHL was one for five and the penalty kill actually looked good yet again against the third best home power play in the NHL, killing four of five Bruin opportunities.

But who's kidding who? This was a wipeout.

Next up is Washington, playing in Toronto last night, with both teams therefore playing their second in as many nights Wednesday.



Boston Bruins 7
Calgary Flames 2

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

1 Glen Murray - hard to believe the Bruins gave up on this guy at one time. A hat trick, plus four and could have had more. 

2 Joe Thornton - He'll lead Team Canada at the next Olympics. Count on it. 

3 Brian Rolston - one of the more underrated players in the NHL. Two goals

Not much hitting in this one so we might have to anticipate the Hit Of The Game coming afterwards when Flames GM Craig Button catches up with coach Gilbert. We're only sorta kidding.

Joe Thornton rockets in on a breakaway only to be stopped with a miraculous poke check by McLennan and . . . . . . Murray scores a split-second later. It was that kind of night.

Bruins have points in 10 of their last 11 games. . . . . . Bruins were without Josef Stumpel and Sergei Samsonov. . . . . . . Boston GM Mike O'Connell told Fan960 that there are no plans to trade Martin Lapointe in spite of frenzied media speculation on the weekend. . . . . . . Toni Lydman was also a minus four tonight and Chris Drury and Craig Conroy were both minus three but Steve Montador played almost 16 minutes and was miraculously even on the night. Mike Knuble was also plus four for the Bruins . . . . . . Flames were 48% in the faceoff circle, with Craig Conroy 70% but Andy Hilbert 72% for the Bruins. . . . . An assist on Gelinas goal gives Petr Buzek a three game point streak.


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