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Post-game notes, quotes and anecdotes 11.01.08

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames
Notes, quotes and anecdotes from the Flames-Islanders game Friday at the Pengrowth Saddledome...

The Calgary Flames fell behind, staged a comeback and then lost in a shootout, 5-4, to the New York Islanders.

The loss wasn't sitting well with Owen Nolan, who scored twice for Calgary.

"We can't be happy with that," said Nolan. "We didn't have enough energy early. We tried to win the first period on talent alone. It's disappointing because we had a chance to move into first place in the division."

The Flames fell behind 1-0 before Nolan tied it but the Islanders struck fro two more in the first period before the 35-year-old veteran got the Flames rally started early in the second period.

"We had a bunch of shots before they scored their first goal and we got a little deflated," said Nolan. "We fought back in the second but we kind of fell back in the third.

Nolan's first was a dandy as he snapped home a wrist shot short side, high corner to tie the game 1-1 in the first period. On the second goal he tipped an Alex Tanguay pass into the net to start the Flames rally in the second period.

Trailing 3-1 when the period began, Nolan's goal and another from Craig Conroy at 1:58, knotted the game at 3-3. The Flames actually went ahead when Dustin Boyd crashed the net for a rebound, scoring at 16:32 of the second.

But that would be all the Flames could get past Rick DiPietro, who was peppered with 40-plus shots.

"It wasn't a bad game," said captain Jarome Iginla. "We were working. We generated a lot of chances. When you get to a shootout, you want it to go your way. That didn't happen."

The Flames are now 1-3 in shootouts. Kristian Huselius scored in the shootout while Iginla and Nolan were stopped by DiPietro. Mike Silligner and Richard Park scored on their attempts for the Islanders.

Cujo coming to Calgary?

A report on TSN regarding 40-year-old goaltender Curtis Joseph either heading to Calgary or San Jose created a pre-game stir among the local media.

So, Calgary general manager Darryl Sutter made some rounds with the media, talking on the pre-game show with The Fan 960 crew and then meeting with print and television reporters.

"It's interesting. I was watching TSN last night and we weren't one of the four teams. Now we are one of two teams," smiled Sutter. " As usual...the gossip. The stuff gets made up as it goes along."

However, Sutter did say that he spoke with Don Meehan, Joseph's agent, when Meehan was in Calgary earlier this week to talk about Dion Phaneuf's future contract.

TSN, quoting unnamed sources, said both the Flames and Sharks are keenly interested in bringing the 40 year old goaltender on board, with Joseph expected to make his decision this weekend.

Current Flames head coach Mike Keenan, as general manager of th
 With the score tied 4-4 late in the third period, the Islanders kill off a four-minute high-stick penalty to Mike Silinger to preserve a tie, force overtime and eventually win in a shootout
9 - goals for Owen Nolan this season after scoring twice Friday
9 - shots for Jarome Iginla
2- straight home losses for Calgary
27 - minutes of ice for Iginla, leading all players
Kiprusoff (S); McElhinney
D Adrian Aucoin (groin);  F David Moss (leg);  F Marcus Nilson (healthy);  F Eric Nystrom (face)
With the score tied 4-4 and the Islanders pressing, Dion Phaneuf clears a puck off the goal-line midway through the third period.
 "We can't be happy with that. We didn't have the energy. We tried to win the first period on talent alone. We came back and generated a lot in the second period. But this is disappointing because we had a chance to move into first place in the division." -- Flames forward Owen Nolan.
The Flames travel to Edmonton for a 6 p.m. game on Sunday at Rexall Place.
e St Louis Blues, traded Joseph to the Edmonton Oilers in 1995.

But the Flames wouldn't mind having some veteran insurance in net, especially in the Northwest Division where the standings are increasingly tight.

"Kiprusoff was a star in this league in December and didn't get a lot of credit for it," said Sutter. "If there is any problem, it is that he has played a lot."

Kiprusoff has started all but one of the Flames games this season. In San Jose, Evgeni Nabokov has started every game.

Nystrom injured

With fresh new braces and more dental work to come, along with a fractured jaw, Eric Nystrom was kept out of the Flames line-up against the Islanders, the team his father , Bob, played for and won four Stanley Cups with.

While it was a big disappointment for Nystrom not to play against a team he grew up around on Long Island, head coach Mike Keenan said it was simply bad timing. Nystrom was struck by a puck in the face in the third period of the Flames 3-1 loss to Phoenix on Tuesday. The rugged Nystrom has been told to wear a protective shield by doctors and was wearing a full face visor at the morning skate.

"We have healthy people," noted Keenan, who inserted Wayne Primeau into Nystrom's spot. "You have to protect the player at this point."

Adrian Aucoin also missed the game because of a groin injury. David Moss remains out with a high ankle sprain while Marcus Nilson was a healthy scratch.

Holy Ovechkin!

Calgary coach Mike Keenan was asked about the 13-year, $124 million deal the Washington Capitals gave to Alex Ovechkin this week.

"As a former GM I just shake my head," said Keenan. "I'm not sure where the league is going when we have to make a committment like that."

Keenan noted that after missing a season and getting a new Collective Bargaining Agreement with the players, the word from the NHL hierarchy was to sign players to short deals and to keep the money down to a dull roar. This latest contract wouldn't fall into that category."It's a surprise...that it's gone to this length of contract," said Keenan.

This and that

Calgary Hitmen captain and Team Canada captain Karl Alzner, wearing his gold medal from the World Junior Championships, dropped the puck at the ceremonial face-off before the game...The Flames held an 8-3 lead in shots when the Islanders struck first, at 8:18 of the first period...Flames captain Jarome Iginla was asked if he was practising any special moves for the All-Star Shootout, which will feature trick moves (something akin to the NBA Slam Dunk competition). "No, I don't think so. I don't have that package of moves. I think I will just watch and be a fan," said Iginla.

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