CALGARY 2 WASHINGTON 1
Strange but true penalty stories...
Along press row nobody could recall seeing nine minutes of penalty time handed to one player on one incident. Especially with nothing going the other way. But that's what happened to Calgary Flames forward Rene Bourque when he jumped Tyler Sloan after the Washington defenceman decked Daymond Langkow in the neutral zone during Tuesday's NHL match-up at the Pengrowth Saddledome.
Head coach Mike Keenan's post game news conference
Bourque received a five minute major for fighting, two minutes for instigating and two minutes for unsportsmanlike conductt near the seven minute mark of the first period.
With a vaunted attack like the Caps have, nine minutes of power play time might have put this game away early. Instead, the Flames responded with some tough penalty killing and, once Caps forward Michael Nylander drew a penalty for hooking with 4:13 left in the penalties to Bourque, the Flames were out of the woods.
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In fact, through the nine minute span of Bourque's penalties, the Flames had as many shots on net as the Caps -- four. The penalties to Bourque, deserved or not, created an odd number. Really, when was the last time you saw a potential nine minute power play off one incident? Here's how it breaks down: Five for fighting, two for instigating, two more and the misconduct for instigating with a visor.
And then it became the Flames turn on the man advantage as the Caps took eight straight penalties, including one to Nylander, that carried well into into the second period. The bottom line was the Flames had seven consecutive power plays and capitalized once as Jarome Iginla batted down a clearing attempt and pounded a puck past goalie Jose Theodore.
Matthew Lombardi, with his first of the season, scored between one of the power plays, to stake the Flames to a 2-1 lead over the visitors.
That, as things turned out, was all the Flames needed.
No lost leads in this game. Just a gritty, defensive-minded win.
"It was a big win," said Curtis Glencross. "We had lost games after getting leads. We did it a different way this time and it feels good."
Glencross said the key to killing the early penalties was to concentrate on quick, 30-second shifts and clearing the puck whenever they got a chance.
"We stuck with it, kept it simple and got through it," said Glencross.