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Flames and Predators Tie at the Dome

January 16th, 2002
D'Arcy McGrath

Saprykin Drury Iginla
Gelinas Conroy Sloan
Niedermayer Yelle Clark
Berube Lowry Nichol
Lydman Regehr
Boughner Gauthier
Montador Buzek

The battle for bad.

The war for worst.

The clash of crap?

None of the above would surface as the leading candidate for a hockey team's season, but all three were fitting for the circumstances surrounding the Calgary Flame - Nashville Predator bout at the Saddledome on Thursday night.

Oh how the less than mighty have fallen.

The two teams lived up to their advanced billing as Nashville and Calgary skated to a two - two tie.

This one, simply put, just wasn't a thriller, at least not at first.

Little happened in the scoreless first period with both clubs putting on clear display the reasons they sit 29th and 30th in terms of offence. 

There were no goals.

There were very few shots.

There was little in the way of sustained pressure either way.

The second period was owned by the Predators however, as the visitors took the play to Calgary to the tune of a 14 - 5 shot advantage. 

Vladimir Orszagh opened the scoring on an inexplicable defensive lapse in the Calgary zone. Andreas Johansson was allowed free reign to take the puck behind the net and around in front of the Calgary cage. He slid a back hander off of McLennan that bouned to Orszagh all alone in front of the net. Orszagh was allowed not one, not two but three whacks at the puck before finally scoring.

The Flames tied the score on a powerplay just over two minutes later when Jarome Iginla froze the Predator defence and goaltender Tomas Vokoun before sliding a perfect pass to defenceman Petr Buzek. Buzek wired a high shot home for this third of the season.

The Predators went back ahead in the third period on a controversial play that saw a Calgary goal wiped out and replaced by a penalty to Scott Nichol. The disallowed goal and penalty were warranted, upon review but that did little to appease the Calgary crowd when Adam Hall scored to give Nashville the lead.

Queue the theatrics.

Off the ensuing face off Iginla took the puck in center ... beat two forwards before taking the puck to the blueline, where he side swiped another forward, then into the Nashville zone where he slid past both defenders before sliding the puck between Vokoun's legs.

A goal that should make every high light reel going this evening.

The game progressed to overtime where the Flames had to kill a high sticking penalty to Robyn Regehr in order to give themselves a chance to win.

With less than 30 seconds to go on the clock Iginla raced in again on Vokoun but this time he was foiled by the scrappy young goaltender.

Did I say scrappy? Indeed. Twenty seconds later the puck was back in the Predators zone with Vokoun out to play it. Mark Eaton carried Iginla into Vokoun resulting in a collision that had the Nashville stopper more than a little upset. Vokoun bounced up off the ice charged Iginla and created a scrum that saw Calgary goaltender Jamie McLennan race the length of the ice to jump into the fray.

All with two seconds left.

The excitement brought the crowd out of their seats for a game that had little to cheer about.

Next up for Calgary is the L.A. Kings visit on Saturday night. The Predators will travel to Edmonton to take on the red hot Oilers.

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Penguins Calgary Flames 2
Nashville Predators 2

1 Jamie McLennan - Turned aside 30 shots including 18 in the second period, and lifted the crowd out of their seats with 2 seconds left in OT with a goalie fight. 

2 Jarome Iginla - Didn't do a whole lot for most of the night but dazzled on a second period assist and third period all world end to end goal. 

3 Vladimir Orszagh - Scored a goal and led the Predators in shots with five.

Style and merit both go to Tomas Vokoun's overtime breakaway stop on Jarome Iginla. 

Robyn Regehr caught ex-Flame Clarke Wilm with a heavy elbow first smash into the boards in the second period creating both a scrum and a penalty.

Speaking of Clarke Wilm ... the game brought an end to's Rick Charlton: Month of Ex-Flame Horror when neither Cale Hulse or Clarke Wilm managed to get any digs in on their ex-mates. ... Personally I've seen the Predators play live about five times in the last three seasons and I have yet to see proof that David Legwand actually skates for this team. ... Can someone please tell rookie defenceman Steve Montador to pick his spots better when it comes to fighting? Reid Simpson made short work of him in the second. ... With Buffalo and Atlanta both idle, the Flames and Predators both moved six points clear of last overall .... The Flames are ten points out of the 8th and final playoff spot. The 8th place club, Colorado, is on pace for 87 points. For the Flames to find their way to 87 points by season end they will need to secure 49 points in their final 36 games, which is 13 game over .500 and a record in the neighborhood of 23-10-3. Uh huh. ... Jarome Iginla was named to the Western Conference All Star team tonight. In a word ... why? He has 14 goals and 31 points in 41 games, putting him on pace for 28 goals and 62 points .. numbers not only below his 2002 pace, but also shy of his 2001 pace. ... The Flames took 55% of the face offs tonight with Craig Conroy leading the way with a 17-7 ratio. David Legwand was the big loser for the Predators taking only 11 of 28 draws. ... The Flames were led in ice time by Toni Lydman once again as the Fin logged 24:54 of ice. Jarome Iginla was back in Darryl Sutter's good books as he took a skate for 23:20 tonight, over five minutes more than he played in Toronto. Craig Berube was only on the ice for 3:31.
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