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Flames 3 Edmonton 0
Rick Charlton
October 5th, 2002

Isn't that Roman Turek's third shutout of the Oilers in less than a year?

Give him a statue in Olympic Plaza.

Some scattered notes from Calgary's 3-0 victory over Edmonton last night.

ROMAN TUREK - Handles the puck like a hand grenade which might be a factor at some point in this obstructionless season but he also put on a clinic, making the big saves when the Oil came on in the second period.

CHRIS DRURY - Put aside the obvious instant chemistry with linemates Jarome Iginla and Craig Conroy and focus on something even more important - this guy is a way better point man on the power play than Derek Morris ever was. Drury doesn't have the same booming shot but he does possess about twice the hockey sense of Morris and had the Oilers backing off all night.

JAROME IGINLA - All summer he's heard his MVP calibre season was an aberration and that others like Jaromir Jagr would soon recover from poor years to take his scoring mantle away. If anything, Iginla looks to be even more dominating than last year. His laser beam wrist shot in the first period was deja vu all over again. Its Jagr who should be worried. Not the other way around.

DENIS GAUTHIER - Was caught watching the puck a number of times in the second period, allowing Oilers to go through him and pressure Turek. An otherwise uneventful night. Which is good if you're a defensive defenceman.

ROB NIEDERMAYER - Ah, so that's what he does. Mostly a checking centre this night and played with energy but little offensive vision. Although playing left wing on the first power play unit for stretches of time, with Drury on the point, had to be a interesting for him.

MICKI DUPONT - Limited action and didn't look out of place, particularly with a nifty play to set up Calgary's opening goal. But he's injury insurance more than anything and Calgary may still be looking for a veteran defenceman. Such a trade would likely spell the end of Dupont's stint in Calgary.

MARTIN GELINAS - The defensive conscience of the Marc Savard line had a workmanlike night but the Flames will be expecting more offensive creativity.

CHUCK KOBASEW - Can be knocked off the puck easier than you would want but not unexpected given his age. Had a good second half to the game with several good opportunities. Kobasew will play opening night because, unlike a lot of kids his age, he's actually very responsible defensively. And the goals will come.

STEPHANE YELLE - So much for Mattias Johansson. Speedy, clever and physical but don't expect any offensive surprises.

ROBYN REGEHR - All signs of last year's disastrous campaign disappearing with a controlled pre-season. He appears to be enjoying bringing a meaner disposition to his game this campaign. That development in turn reminds us of the gentle giant reputation Iginla had before the boy became a man. Perhaps the same maturing process is happing with Regehr as well.

SCOTT NICHOL AND STEVE BEGIN - They played the last two exhibition games and Johansson and Lladislav Kohn didn't. That means they'll be in the lineup opening night. And they deserve to be after stirring things up with Yelle as their centre.

MARC SAVARD - Played with less passion than his last Calgary start prior to the Drury trade but still creative. And backchecked. Maybe he's hearing the same rumours about him being traded next week as the Globe and Mail's Eric Duhatschek.

CRAIG CONROY - He's got Drury on his left and Iginla on his right and looks like he belongs with both those talents. Some called his season last year a fake but we'll stick with our year-old comparison to a lower-grade Doug Gilmour. Continues to make such skilled plays that you have to wonder what the Blues were doing sticking him on the third line in St. Louis.

Up Next: Edmonton, Saturday.

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