White Wash Part II

Flames Fail To Score In 2nd Straight Home Game

November 7th, 2003
D'Arcy McGrath

Now what?

A bag skate after a 3-0 set back to the Detroit Red Wings led to, well ... a 3-0 set back to the Minnesota Wild.

Hard to imagine what coach Darryl Sutter has up his sleeve after this one after the Flames dropped their second game of the weak by identical scores.

McAmmond Reinprecht Iginla
Gelinas Conroy Kobasew
Saprykin Yelle Donovan
Oliwa Betts Clark
Ference Lydman
Leopold Regehr
Gauthier Montador

The Wild played a very sound round game on this night.

They notched a goal in each of the three periods; all three near the end of each stanza ... surely enough to choke off this goal starved hockey club.

Marc Chouinard opened the scoring when he collected the puck in the slot on a two on one and fired it past Calgary stopper Jamie McLennan.

The Wild doubled their lead when Richard Park fired a screened shot past McLennan to make the score 2-0 late in the second period.

At least in this one the Flames showed some fight out shouting the Wild by a 18-5 margin in the third period, but once again failing to hit the mark.

Toni Lydman himself, had four third period shots, edging Denis Gauthier with three, and Blair Betts and Jarome Iginla with two apiece.

The Wild tossed some salt in the Flames wounds when they put the game out of reach on a Pascal Dupuis goal with under seven minutes left on the clock.

The loss moved the Flames one game under .500 on the season, as well as one game under .500 at home - a sore point for the Sutter led Flames looking to forge a new identify on home ice.

Next up the Flames travel to Columbus to take on the Jackets on Sunday afternoon.

The game kicks off a four game pivotal road trip in which the team faces four clubs that they have to best this season in order to make the playoffs.

They may want to score a goal or two along the way - might make things easier.






1) Dwayne Roloson - Former Flame pitches shut out on Saddledome ice

2) Pascal Dupuis - Former holdout garners a goal and an assist.

3) Filip Kuba - Another former Flame plays big against his previous club.

The switch up on the first line did little to ignite Jarome Iginla on this one though the former Art Ross and Richard Trophy winner did direct four shots on the Wild net. ... Toni Lydman was by far the most busy player on the ice, logging close to 27 minutes of action. Willi Mitchell of the Wild was second with just over 25 minutes. Jarome Iginla and Andrew Ference also received 22 plus minutes from Darryl Sutter. ... It's of little consequence but the Flames limited their opposition to 20 or less shots for the 8th time in 12 contests. ... The Flames painful offensive record continued to pick up steam with the club's third white wash of the season. The team has now scored an average of 1.83 goals per game this season, a pace that will see them at come the last game in April. The 1.83 mark puts them 29th in a league of 30 teams for goals per game average, and last overall on a total goals scored basis.  

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