Flames Goal Funk Continues

Tom Barrasso Shuts out Flames

November 16th, 2002
D'Arcy McGrath

AP Photo

Another Blank Job: Rob Niedermayer and the Flames couldn't get one by Tom Barrasso.

A common term used to describe hockey players suffering through extended periods of unproductivity is to be snake bit.

Must be a really, really big snake.

The Calgary Flames pitched a shutout - for the other team - for the third time in their last five games as they dropped a 1-0 decision to the St. Louis Blues.

The team has now scored only two goals in those five games, all against each club's backup, or backup backup goaltender.

Makes one think that Curtis Joseph, having sat out tonight in Toronto, must be rubbing his hands together with glee knowing he has his crack at "team tight" on Tuesday night.

The Flames came out hard in this one ... carrying the play to the Blues and enjoying a 13-4 advantage in shots on goal.

Then the game changed with one play.

Denis Gauthier stepped up to the blueline and leveled Dallas Drake with what appeared to be a hip check. The NHL has levied new laws recently however, stating that a hip check is allowed when skating backwards but not when advancing on an attacker. Gauthier received five and a game ... his penalty extending into the second period when the Flames effectively killed off the remaining 2:54 left in the first frame.

Just over a minute in, however, the Blues made Gauthier and the Flames pay when Eric Boguniecki scored his ninth of the season on a rebound. Flame goaltender Jamie McLennan actually made the save on the play, getting the paddle of his stick on the puck, but the shot caromed off his stick and into the net.

That was all the Blues needed ... and quite likely they knew it ... throwing a defensive blanket over the rest of the game.

Your next shut out loss at home in your schedule is Tuesday night when the Detroit Red Wings come to visit.



St. Louis Blues 1
Calgary Flames 0

Kobasew Conroy Iginla
Gelinas Drury Yelle
Sloan Niedermayer Clark
Nichol Johansson Begin
Lydman Regehr
Gauthier Leopold
Buzek Montador

1) Tom Barrasso - The Flames didn't get much of a sniff near him after the first, but he was solid in the first period earning a shut out. 

2) Eric Boguniecki - Newest Flame killer has two game winners in two visits to the Dome. 

3) Chris Drury - Almost tied it late ... was at his best pressing for the equalizer with three third period shots.

Clean ... dirty ... either was it was spectacular. Denis Gauthier upending Dallas Drake in the first period.

Jamie McLennan made a highlight reel save when he fished his stick back onto the goal line and yanked a clear goal away from the Blues.

The tandem loses by the Flames and Oilers keep both clubs tied, three points out of a playoff spot and five points out of the conference cellar. ... The Flames dominated the face off circle again tonight, taking 64% of the draws. Individually the Flames were led by Craig Conroy who took most of the draws and won 63%. ... The Flames once again came up short in terms of special teams, with their powerplay a big fat zero since the club played in New Jersey.


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