Nashville Predators 1 Calgary Flames 0 

Savard-less Flames Come up Empty In Music City

D'Arcy McGrath

October 11th, 2001

Goal scoring was bound to be a tough task for the Calgary Flames this season.

The off season shedding of Val Bure, coupled with a March 2000 deadline dealing of Cory Stillman put the offensive onus for the 2001-02 season on very few shoulders.

One of those sets of shoulders, those belonging to Marc Savard, were missing from action, after the team's number one pivot suffered a knee injury in Detroit the previous evening.

Predictably, the depleted Flames came up empty, dropping a hard fought 1-0 contest to the Nashville Predators.

The game saw the season debut of Mike Vernon, coming off a training camp with little action due to an illness in his family.

The Predators opened and closed the scoring in the first period on powerplay. With Craig Berube in the box for roughing, Vladimir Orszagh deflected a shot from winger Denis Arkipov past a startled Mike Vernon.

The Flames were on the ropes for the majority of the first period due in part to an aggressive, young Predator team, and the fact that the Flames played a night earlier in Detroit.

The second and third periods swung back to the Calgary side with Mike Dunham standing between the Flames and some valuable road points against a conference rival.

The loss moves the Flames overall record to 3-1-0-1, and their road record to an even 1-1-0-0 in the early season.

Up next the Flames will battle the Dallas Stars on Saturday to complete the team's three game road trip.

There still is no word on the status of center Marc Savard's damaged right knee. 

As the scoreboard of this game would indicate, the Flames can ill afford to lose the wily pivot's contribution for too long a period.



1. Mike Dunham - The Flames carried the play for the second and third period, but were stoned by Dunham, who stopped 26 Flame shots.

2. Mike Vernon - First start of the season for the veteran, couldn't be blamed for first period, deflected powerplay goal.

3. Craig Conroy - Another gritty performance for the now number one center.

Box Score


Craig Berube was reinserted into the Flames lineup and won a first period decision over fellow veteran Stu Grimson.


The silver lining of the night can be found in a few ways ... the Flames once again managed to keep the opposition to only one goal, keeping the team's goals against average at 1.00 for the season. If they continue to allow a goal a night, they should win their share. ... Mike Vernon was strong in his debut, though he received little in the way of goal support. ... The Flames went zero for four on their powerplay, while the Predators scored the games only goal on five chances. ... The Flames out shot the Predators 26-19 on the night ... Once again Derek Morris led the Flames in ice time with 24:52. The Predators were led by Kimmo Timmonen with 23:18. ... Craig Conroy led all shooters with four shots on goal. ... The Flames were once again dominant in the circle, winning 63% of the draws. Conroy himself won 71%.