Calgary Flames 4 Chicago Blackhawks  0

Flames Down Sutter's Hawks

Rick Charlton

October 07, 2001


Your mamma told you first impressions are everything.

And the first impression Roman Turek is leaving is now one for the history books.

Turek stopped all 23 shots he faced in a 4-0 Calgary whitewash of Chicago last night, his second straight shutout and the first time in the 25 year history of the franchise the Flames have opened with back-to-back blankings.

It was also the first time since 1993 Calgary has started a campaign with two victories.

For a team that has basically killed six consecutive seasons with lamentable October's, this is indeed welcome news.

""Roman has played very well for us," said defenceman Robyn Regehr . "We've tried to play defensively in the first two games, but we've had breakdowns. Every time we have a breakdown, he's been there to bail us out with some huge saves. He's playing tremendous right now."

After a somnolent first period where neither team stuck their noses too far out of joint, the Flames opened the second with a bang, tallying twice in the first 1:43 of the period.

Craig Conroy, playing an impressive two way game all night, deflected a Derek Morris point shot past a startled Jocelyn Thibault only 19 seconds into the second period.

Dave Lowry added his first of the season only 84 seconds later, scooping up a large rebound left by Jocelyn Thibault on a Jarome Iginla shot and wristing home an easy marker into a wide open net.

Marc Savard put the game away at 11:04 of the third on a two on one with Jarome Iginla, keeping the puck himself and catching Thibault, anticipating the pass, straying from the near post

Craig Berube finished scoring at 19:09, deflecting another Morris point shot.

After the Flames had built a 2-0 margin Turek had to be sharp to keep the Hawks on their knees. Crafty Steve Sullivan turned Toni Lydman inside out at the edge of the Calgary crease and was able to walk out in front of the Calgary net but Turek made a brilliant pad save to maintain the status quo.

Tony Amonte pulled the same move on Derek Morris in the second period as well, getting room for a close in chance that Turek took in the chest. In the third, Turek may have had his finest moment with Michael Nylander on a power play sliding a beautiful cross-ice pass for a Sullivan one-timer at a seemingly open net. But Turek's pad flashed out of no where for the save.

For all the feel good that comes out of opening the season with two victories the Flames would concede they are probably surrendering too many chances, exposing Turek to more quality opportunities than they dare over the course of a full season.

But the reason they got Turek in the first place was to provide the consistent goaltending that Fred Brathwaite wasn't capable of.

So far Turek is meeting the challenge head on.

Marking a welcome change, the Chicago game was one of the first times in several years that former Flames - or expansion teams - haven't had a welcome mat thrown out for them at the Saddledome. Ex-Flames coach Brian Sutter and former defenceman Phil Housley were both stoned in their return visit to Calgary. Housley, in particular, offered up a microcosm of reasons why he isn't in a Flames uniform this year. Offensively dazzling, carrying the puck all night and leading all players with 25.46 minutes of ice time, Housley ended up a minus two with five giveaways. He was booed relentlessly everytime he touched the puck.


1. Roman Turek - giving his team the chance it needs to win. 

2. Craig Conroy - even if he hadn't scored he would have still been the second star 

3. Dave Lowry - scored the back-breaking second goal and was a presence all night


was actually in another time zone and should be Darius Kasparitus creaming Oleg Tverdovsky which was a doozy if you saw it. But in a Calgary game where the physical play wasn't particularly overwhelming Eric Daze, surprisingly, leveled Rob Niedermayer in the opening minutes of the game.


"Drunk Chicks Think I'm Cute."


Flames are perfect on the penalty kill for the year - killing four against Chicago. Calgary was one for three on the powerplay.

A worrisome statistic - only 14,038 in attendance on a Saturday night.

Ice time was fairly evenly distributed for the Flames with Derek Morris at 22:41, Lydman at 21:19 and Robyn Regehr at 20:34 exceeding 20 minutes. Flames dominated the faceoff circle Wednesday against Edmonton but were not so fortunate against Chicago with a 51% team win percentage.

Hits were even at 23 apiece, well down from Calgary's 33 hits against Edmonton, demonstrating that the Hawk/Flame contest was less than a physical affair. Ron Petrovicky led the Flames with four hits while Jaroslav Spacek had four with the Hawks.

Flames Lines

Petrovicky Savard Iginla
Cowan Niedermayer McAmmond
Lowry Conroy Clark
Nichol Wilm Berube
Regehr Morris
Gauthier Lydman
Kravchuk Boughner

Box Score