Dramatic Third Nets OT Win 

Flames Score Three Times in Final 10 Minutes

March 13th, 2003
D'Arcy McGrath

Lowry Conroy Iginla
Donovan Drury Saprykin
Gelinas Yelle Clark
Berube Nichol Sloan
Gauthier Boughner
Leopold Regehr
Lydman Ference

The game featured a team advertised as built for the playoffs against a team marginalized as being unable to fathom the playoffs.

Gimme for the rich boys right?

Think again.

The Calgary Flames staged a gritty performance on Thursday night coming from behind to beat the Maple Leafs by a 4-3 final in front of a sold out Saddledome crowd.

The game was billed as the Maple Leafs first chance to walk out some of their recent acquisitions, a plan that was foiled both on the scoreboard and in the infirmary. Doug Gilmour brought in from Montreal on Tuesday left midway through the second period when he fell after colliding with Dave Lowry at center ice.

The contest was also an opportunity for some new Flames to take to the ice - that is an opportunity for Shean Donovan as Dean McAmmond was prohibited from playing by the NHL due to a waive rdraft rule mix up on the trade consumated on Tuesday.

The Flames jumped on the Leafs early, holding a large margin of play after Bryan McCabe opened the scoring for the visitors.

By period's end the Flames held a 12-3 edge in shots on goal, and a 1-1 tie on the strength of a powerplay goal by former captain Dave Lowry.

The Trade Line
Flames Make Noise
Flames Reacquire McAmmond
Flames Deal Niedemayer

The Flames continued to carry the territorial play in teh second period but fell behind by a score of 2-1 when Nick Antropop took advantage of some sloppy Calgary powerplay work to beat Turek high over the shoulder.

The game continued its rough and ready appeal in the second frame when Denis Gauthier caught former Flame Wade Belak unaware and leveled the giant to the ice. For the second time this week a Gauthier big hit led to a melee when Belak chased Gauthier down the ice before eking out a decision in a fight.

2003 Draft Watch

If the draft was held today ...

Pick Team Player*
1 Atlanta M.-A. Fleury
2 Buffalo Milan Michalek
3 Carolina Nikolai Zherdev
4 Columbus Nathan Horton
5 Pittsburgh Braydon Coburn
6 San Jose Eric Staal
7 Calgary Andrei Kastsitsyn
*ranking: Red Line 2/26/03

Later in the period Calgary native Bryan McCabe lowered the boom on a puck fishing Blake Sloan to make the highlight reel hit count hit four on the night, roughly two to three times the normal count for the average hockey game.

Failed opportunities and a dogged Calgary powerplay kept the home side down a goal heading into the third period.

And what a third period it was ...

The Flames tied the score with just under six minutes remaining when Craig Conroy took a pass and went in alone, beating Kidd with a back hand.

The Leafs went ahead again 30 seconds later when Tie Domi jumped on the most lonely loose puck known to hockey to make the score 3-2 Toronto.

Just over a minute after that the Flames were back when Jarome Iginla casually walked out of the corner and wristed his 31st past Kidd to tie it again at three.

Finally in overtime, the Flames won it when Chris Clark took a pass from childhood chum Chris Drury and beat Kidd to net the Flames a win.

The loss gives the Leafs just one win in their last six games. Bottom line, no matter how many players the team managed to add to their roster they simply won't go anywhere in the playoffs when they allow a team like Calgary to out shoot them 36-18 on the road. Give a team like Philadelphia that margin of play and they'll get buried.

The Flames are on an opposite run, winning five of their last six games to climb past San Jose and into 13th place in the was, a fact likely noticed by ex-Shark and current Flame coach Darryl Sutter.


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Calgary Flames 4
Toronto Maple Leafs 3

1 Dave Lowry - Cage vet bounces back from rough Edmonton start with a goal and an assist. 

2 Craig Conroy - Huge goal in the third period started the Flames back to victory. 

3 Brian McCabe - Two points, and a very memorable hit on Blake Sloan.

Trevor Kidd was down and out in the corner during play in the second period, but that stop him from getting up and diving across the crease to foil a Chris Drury wrap around play plus an Oleg Saprykin rebound.

Robyn Regehr knocked former Shark captain Owen Nolan to his knees twice with thundering checks in the first period. The blows tossed gas on an already festering fire between the two players dating back to a Shark Flame encounter two weeks ago that featured Nolan crosschecked to the ice by the large Flame defender. (Honorable mention? Denis Gauthier on Wade Belak, Bryan McCabe on Blake Sloan)

Craig Button visited with Roger Millions of Sportsnet on the Dean McAmmond situation. "There was an unfortunate circumstance with the rules around the Dean McAmmond acquisition. Everyone wants answers, I'm confident that we will, and there will be a lot more information on it. Speculation runs rampant, we don't know right now." ... When asked about Regehr in the first period on Owen Nolan. "A guy like Regehr is a big strong defenceman, you need those type of players to be successful, he takes no prisoners. A big part of what were trying to do here." ... On the trade deadline. "Were trying to build a solid team. We felt we needed a young goaltender at a time of his career when he's ready to push though and challenge. We feel he has some great potential. Mike Commodore is a big strong defenceman, and gives us a look that we don't have." ... Can anyone tell me why Trevor Kidd was out of his net to complain after Iginla's tying goal? Maybe screening isn't allowed when Toronto is the victim? ... The Flames actually won the battle of the special teams on the night going 1 for 7 on the powerplay and killing all five man disadvantages. ... The teams finished dead locked in the face off circle with 41 wins apiece. ... Shean Donovan's first game with the Flames featured 12+ minutes of ice time, three shots on goal and a -1. 


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