3 Oilers 3
Camp Notes: 9/18 --
The Flames opened their preseason schedule in
a very strange fashion on Tuesday night, essentially
playing two games within one.
The first half
featured a parade of Calgary Flames to the penalty
box and a 3-0 Oiler lead; the second half a Flame
rally of three goals that resulted in a 3-3 tie.
As is the case in
training camp, the game out come is rarely as
important as the minute details contained within.
their case to make the final roster come October?
Who took a step back?
Darryl Sutter did
his best to make the race for that final blueline
position a fair one, dolling out equal opportunity
in the form of ice time.
received 31 shifts for 21:53 of ice time. He
finished +1 with two shots on goal and four penalty
minutes, and was a force with some really good body
Jesse Wallin hit
the ice 30 times for 21:22 of ice. He finished even
with two shots on goal and two penalty minutes.
Wallin made the biggest blunder of the night when he
fed Ryan Smyth for a great chance on Krahn.
Steve Montador, the
third in the three way battle had 27 shifts for
19:37 of ice. He was even, had two shots on goal and
a wrestling match with Brad Isbister.
As a result, things
really are no closer to solved now than they were 24
hours ago. Maybe a slight edge to Commodore.
Dion Phaneuf likely
out shown all three players, a fact that may be
enticing for the future, but will matter little in
the big picture this season.
Phaneuf was solid
all night and picked up an assist on the Flames
first goal. He logged similar minutes to the other
three defencemen playing for a spot.
If that's Phaneuf's
only game before returning to Red Deer he made a
very large impression. See you after the lockout
There is more than
one way to get into a coaches good books when trying
to make a team out of training camp.
The obvious way is
to hit the scoresheet, something that Oleg Saprykin
and Chuck Kobasew managed when Kobasew banged home a
Saprykin pass to tie the game in the third period.
The goal was a very
good sign for Kobasew, with the winger finding his
usual hole in the opposition defences and getting
open in that right place at that right time -
something he did in each of the past two training
looking to make the club that made some noise in a
different fashion was Josh Green. Green dropped the
gloves and pounded out a decision on the Oiler's
Doug Lynch in the second period - a fight that
shifted the emotion back to the homeside.
The trio of
Krzyzstof Oliwa, Matt Davidson and Jason Morgan saw
very little ice.
A quick glance at
the boxscore will show that Dany Sabourin
surrendered all three goals, while Brent Krahn came
in to shut the door and trigger a Flame comeback.
While that may in
fact be the bottom line, it truly doesn't tell the
Sabourin was under
siege and with the exception of the first goal, a
Jani Rita marker, couldn't be faulted for the pucks
that went behind him. He faced 19 of the Oiler's 25
shots in his half of the game.
Brent Krahn was
perfect, but only faced six shots. Still he has yet
to hurt his bid in three appearances through
didn't suite up on this night.