Turek did his part.
The Flames number one keeper, playing just his
second game after missing three contests with a tweaked knee, may have been
the only Flame on the ice that did their part.
The script was set, ...
hockey team out for revenge, having dropped both of their contents to a team
that had their former goaltender and third line center as key ingredients.
tired Flames team playing their second game in two nights after winning in
Dallas the night before.
And of course a good helping of off ice
distraction with the team clearly jubilant after leading scorer, Jarome
Iginla, was added to the high octane Canadian squad for the 2002 Olympics.
one was never really close.
The Flames failed to even muster shot until
the first period was approaching the half way mark.
By midway through the
hockey game the score was still tied at zero, with the heroic Turek, holding
off a the Blues despite his team getting out shot by a margin of 17-4.
man could only come up "Large" for so long.
Doug Weight (team
USA) broke the shut out and sent the Blues on their way when he fed a soft
pass to Chris Pronger (team Canada) who wired one beyond Turek (team Czeck).
the third period the Blues put it away, launching another 12 shots in
Turek's direction, and getting goals from Keith Tkachuk (2) and Dallas
Tkachuk's second goal was also on the powerplay.
The loss moves
the Flames pre-Christmas four game road trip to one win and one loss. The
road gauntlet is actually a six game trip, but the team will return home for
the Christmas break. The Flames play in Phoenix on Wednesday night before
traveling to Denver to play the Avalanche on Friday. After the Christmas
break the Flames will play back to back games in Edmonton and Vancouver.
loss moves the Flames to 3-4-2 in the tough month of December, which isn't a
huge disappointment given the level of opponents. The victories however,
have come against top opponents like Detroit and Dallas while losses have
come against cellar dwelling clubs like Tampa and Anaheim.
If the Flames
can conclude the month of December around the .500 mark, they should be well
positioned for the second half of the season.