Flames Jump On Injured Oilers

Quick Start Key to Two Points

January 20th, 2002
D'Arcy McGrath

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

First periods ... quick starts ... and making the Saddledome a tough place to play for visiting hockey teams.

All three key topics making the rounds on press row over the past week.

Check ... check and check - the Flames reversed all three trends in turning back the Oilers by a 4-3 score on Monday night.

"A good start is one thing Darryl has really been trying to get us focused on," Toni Lydman told the Calgary Herald on Sunday.

"It's always easier to play with the lead. The longer the game goes on, the other team has to open up and try to create something. That's where you usually get your chances for an extra goal or two."

The red hot Oilers, losers of only one regulation game in their past eight had all the momentum on their side, at least until the opening face off.

From there things took a decided turn for the homeside.

Just five seconds in Chris Clark dropped his mitts and battled out a decision over Oiler forward Shawn Horcoff.

Just 1:10 in Craig Conroy continued his two game streak of early goals by converting a Jarome Iginla knuckleball rebound into his 13th marker of the season.

Seven minutes later former Calgary captain and resurrected Flame Dave Lowry converted another Jarome Iginla rebound to score his first of the season and put the Flames up by two.

The Flames didn't let up in the second when Craig Conroy scored his second of the night by firing a screened off angle shot off the post and past Salo.

Three minutes later Chris Drury snapped his ten game goal drought when he fired a two on one shot through Salo's legs to pretty much salt things away.

The Oilers pressed late in the second period with a 50 second two man advantage but two goal post and a quick Denis Gauthier crease clear sent the Flames to the locker room up four, home free and comfortable.

Or were they?

With six and a half minutes left the Oilers started a birrage of goals that would see the score back to a one goal game at 4-3 with just under three minutes to play.

The goals by Brian Swanson, Marty Reasoner and Mike York came in a span just under four minutes, making the finish much more exciting than expected.

With the goalie pulled the Oilers had difficulty getting much going however, as the Flames managed to hem them deep in their zone.

A win is a win, but the way this one ended has to be disconcerting to coach Darryl Sutter. The Flames should be able to put a four goal home ice lead to bed without pulling out the cardiac machines. In the end the club gets the two points, and hopefully a lesson to be applied later in the season.

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Calgary Flames 4
Edmonton Oilers 3

1 Craig Conroy - Got them going early with a quick goal, added another and an assist. 

2 Dave Lowry - "Welcome Back ..." Dave Lowry back from the minors scores once and adds two assists. 

3) Jarome Iginla - Flame sniper picked up three assists on the night.

Jarome Iginla gets the nod on this one for coming back and lifting Brian Swanston's stick keeping the Oiler from getting a chance with less than three seconds left on the clock.

Robyn Regehr stood and up and slammed Ethan Moreau in the third period just before the Oiler comeback got cranked up.

The Flames finally got some big out put from their big guns in this one with Conroy and Iginla each picking up three points, and Chris Drury bending the twine as well. ... With the win tonight the Flames have moved somewhat closer to the Western playoff race. Overtime points for Anaheim and Colorado put the Flames seven points out of 8th place but they also gained ground on some other non playoff teams. ... Hard to understand what Oiler coach Craig MacTavish was thinking when he reached over the glass and ripped the tongue completely out of the mouth of Flame mascot Harvey the Hound. It's a mascot Craig ... lighten up! The event made one think of the old Battle of Alberta days when then Oiler GM Glen Sather actually complained to NHL head quarters that Harvey was using a Oiler clad dummy as a landing cushion for wrestling moves during intermissions. ... The Flames took 64% of the draws on the night with Stephane Yelle and Craig Conroy leading the way at 82 and 88% respectively. 


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