Kipper Stones the Flyers

McAmmond Heroics Cap Off Flame Win

December 16th, 2003
D'Arcy McGrath

With the possible exception of a 4-1 victory in Vancouver, the Flames' newest addition, Miikka Kiprusoff hasn't had to steal a game in his great run to start the Calgary chapter of his career.

That may not have been the case tonight in Philadelphia.

Kiprusoff was the difference, well he and his iron friends, as the Calgary Flames shocked the National Hockey League's number one team, and clearly best home team, by a 3-2 overtime count.

Green Yelle Iginla
Gelinas McAmmond Donovan
Saprykin Lombardi Kobasew
Oliwa Morgan Kobasew
Regehr Leopold
Gauthier Warrener
Montador Ference

The Calgary Flames played a solid road game, don't get me wrong.

They kept the Flyers to the outside, did their best to limit the powerful club's chances, and made life miserable when players in black ventured near the Calgary cage hunting for rebounds.

The Flyers carried the play in the first and third stanzas holding period shot advantages of 13-6 and 13-9 on their way to a 37-27 overall mark on the night.

Calgary, doing their very best to continue that very effective home system that has given the club points in their last 10 spins around Saddledome ice, managed to hang around, be a fly in the ointment, and give themselves a chance in a close game heading to the third.

The plan worked to perfection.

The December Line of Dean McAmmond, Shean Donovan and Martin Gelinas continued their effective ways when the forced a turn over in the Flyer zone and got the puck to Jeff Hackett and the Flyer cage. From there McAmmond and Donovan both had whacks before McAmmond steered the puck into the net off Hackett's skate blade to tie the score at two.

The Flyers controlled the majority of the rest of the third period, and continued that dominance into overtime, but it was the Flames that sent the stunned Philadelphia crowd home unhappy.

Chuck Kobasew ended a pressure siege in the Calgary zone by moving the puck up the boards to a streaking Dean McAmmond. Kobasew then caught up with the play making it a two on one. McAmmond used Kobasew as a decoy beating Hackett high, glove side, for the win.

"I was thinking pass all the way", said McAmmond after the hockey game to CTV Sportsnet. "But Eric (Weinrich) played the pass so I just took it to the center and put it in".

The loss marked the second loss at home all season for the Flyers which is the good news. The bad news is that these losses have come back to back.

The Flames evened their road record at .500 with the victory and now have three points in their last two games against extremely tough opponents.

Few gave the Calgary side much of a chance with games against Colorado, Philadelphia and Boston but they are well on their way to proving their doubters wrong.

Jarome Iginla added a first period goal, and the Flayers received markers from John Leclair and Jeremy Roenick.





1 Dean McAmmond - Scored his 5th and 6th goals of the season in dramatic fashion. 

2 Miikka Kiprusoff - Been great in pretty much every start, but likely stole points for the Flames in this one. 

3 Joni Pitkanen - This kid is going to be a good one. Amazing powerplay poise for a rookie blueliner.

Solid all night but Kiprusoff had to be resilient when a Radovan Somik attack resulted in two large bodies and the puck sliding into the Calgary net. Kipper got a pad on it to keep the puck out.

You could almost see Keith Primeau licking his lips when he gathered up a loose puck near the Calgary net and headed for the slot only to be creamed by a Johnny-on-the-spot Rhett Warrener with a massive hit.

Dean McAmmond's third period goal snapped a ten game goal drought in style. ... The Flames now travel to Boston for a game on Thursday, and will then conclude this three game gamut in Columbus on Friday night. ... The Flames now have the fifth most points in the Western Conference, having leap frogged the active LA Kings, but remain in 6th because of LA's divisional lead. ... The Flames are 6-1-2 in their last ten games. Only Toronto, Detroit and St. Louis have more points in that time span. ... Calgary's record now stands at 15-9-2-3 for 35 points in 29 games. It took the Flames until January 4th last season to secure 35 points (40 games). The Flames had 36 points in 29 games two years ago. ... The Philly based stars of the game in a 3-2 overtime loss were Jeremy Roenick, Keith Primeau and Dean McAmmond. Uh huh. ... The Flyers edged the Flames in specialty team play, scoring once with four chances on the powerplay and nixing all three Calgary opportunities. ... If the Hard Hat award was up to me I'd buck it in half with a machete and give one piece each to Rhett Warrener and Stephane Yelle. The former hit everything that moved and dropped the gloves with Keith Primeau in the second, while Stephane Yelle carried the Flames on his back to a 37-34 face off advantage, taking 24 draws and winning 18 of them. 

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