Iggy Trick Leads Way to Road Win 

Third Period Rally First of Its Kind This Season

February 7th, 2002
D'Arcy McGrath

Lowry Conroy Iginla
Gelinas Drury Saprykin
Niedermayer Yelle Sloan
Berube Begin Nichol
Lydman Boughner
Leopold Montador
Dupont Mottau

Sometimes you actually get what you pay for.

Jarome Iginla, $5.5M U.S. - three goals, four points and the game winner.

Chris Drury, $2.5M U.S. - second goal in as many nights.

Roman Turek, $4.0M U.S. - stellar first period to keep his team in the proceedings making Iginla's late game heroics possible.

Craig Conroy, $2.0M U.S. - three assists, all on Iginla's three goals.

Actually the game went remarkably like the pre season game plan. What a shame said game plan has only been walked out a handful of times this year.

When the dust settled on the training camp blockbuster that had Derek Morris, Dean McAmmond and Jeff Shantz swapped for Chris Drury and Stephane Yelle, the remade Flames appeared to be a stronger club up front.

The theory went that with Chris Drury in town to support the scoring heroics of Jarome Iginla, the Flames would have a shot to put more pucks in the net with their new found balanced scoring.

So much for best laid plans.

Iginla went into an injury induced scoring funk, Drury lost his hands and the club's other clear star, Roman Turek fought the puck leaving the Flames season all but over when the calendar flipped to December.

At least for one night that planned magic took center stage, and in Edmonton no less.

The game featured a scoreless opening period mainly due to the stellar goaltending of Roman Turek. The Oilers carried the play and had a 12-5 shot margin after 20 minutes.

Turek was given the start despite Jamie McLennan's 1st star performance the night before, after sitting down and being publicly challenged by coach Darryl Sutter.

The clubs swapped two goals apiece in the second period however with Todd Marchant and Alexei Semenov sandwiches goals by Chris Drury and Iginla.

The Oilers took a 3-2 lead on the games only special team marker when Mike York fired home his 20th of the season on a powerplay just 2:47 in.

The goal seemed to charge the Flames, who despite playing their second game in as many nights, played their best hockey of the evening in the third frame.

The Flames tied the score with six minutes left when Iginla tipped home a Bob Boughner slap shot.

Iginla then won it with a back hander that beet Jusi Markanen with just over a minute to play.

"Iggy said 'let's end this' after we tied it", Craig Conroy told CTV Sportsnet after the game. 

"This is a big win for us, at the beginning of a long road trip. We need more nights like this."

The win snaps a four game winless skid and returns Darryl Sutter's Calgary coaching record to the .500 mark.

The loss moves the Oilers from a challenging spot for 4th in the conference down to 6th due to the Wild's victory. The Oilers hold a playoff spot by five points. 

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Calgary Flames 4
Edmonton Oilers 3

1) Jarome Iginla - Three goals, one assist and seven shots on goal for the second time in two nights. 

2) Craig Conroy - Captain assisted on all three Iginla goals.

3) Mike York - Scored a goal and picked up an assist. Proving his numbers in N.Y. may have had as much to do with him as it did his marquee linemates.

Roman Turek was able to adjust and rob a Fernando Pisani deflection off of a Eric Brewer slap shot in the first period.


Tiny Scott Nichol chased down the lumbering Ryan Smyth as Smyth was taking the puck across the Flames blueline. Nichol took the Oiler star off his feet by leaning into him, only to be tripped down by Smyth in retaliation.

Was it just me ... or did Oiler commentator Craig Simpson seem a little bit upset with that goal waived off in the second period? Anson Carter appeared to slip a goal under Turek's pads only to have the goal called back because the official lost sight of the puck. ... Those that tuned into to the Edmonton three star selections were no doubt shocked to see Mike York and his goal and an assist topple Iginla and his four point, hat trick night for the first star. It's tempting to suggest Oiler homerism, but that can't be the reason, can it? ... The Flames edged the Oilers by the narrowest of margins in the face off circle, taking 29 of 57 draws. The oddity was the fact that usual marksmen Stephane Yelle and Craig Conroy were both under the water mark leaving Chris Drury the mail carrier with his 81%. Todd Marchant won 13 of his 19 draws to pace the Oilers. ... Is it me or does Scott Nichol just love to play against the Oilers in Edmonton? Maybe the Flames should only draft Edmonton born players. ... I wonder if Darryl Sutter watched the Michael Jackson documentary last night. And if he did I wonder if he was surprised to find out that he and the former pop superstar are dead even in terms of plastic surgery procedures to their faces?


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