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Drury lifts Flames past Blues

10/20/2002

CHICAGO (AP) -- Chris Drury and the Calgary Flames surprised the
Chicago Blackhawks.

Drury scored twice for the Flames, who also had goals from
Jarome Iginla, Bob Boughner and Martin Gelinas.

Steve Sullivan and Steve Thomas scored for the Blackhawks.

Drury tallied his first goal as a member of the Flames with 3:40
remaining in the first period. Drury stole the puck from Steve
Sullivan in the neutral zone and fired a blistering 40-foot slap
shot that went under the glove of Jocelyn Thibault.

''I just wanted to get a good, hard shot off,'' Drury said. ''We
caught them off-guard on a few plays and capitalized.''

Acquired from Colorado in a big trade just before the season
started, Drury is doing just what was expected of him.

''Chris is a versatile guy,'' Gilbert said. ''He kills
penalties, quarterbacks the power play. He gets the big goals.''

Jarome Iginla's power-play goal opened the scoring at 11:04 of
the first period. Thibault stopped Drury's slap shot but Iginla
poked in the rebound to give Calgary a 1-0 lead.

''I thought we skated a little better,'' Iginla said. ''We were
able to get some really good scoring chances. We were just trying
to get as many as we could on net.''

Bob Boughner gave Calgary a 3-0 lead at 2:51 of the second.
Boughner's shot from the far boards deflected off Phil Housley's
stick and sailed between Thibault and the right post.

''I was just trying to keep the puck in,'' Boughner said. ''I
was just throwing it at the net and got a bounce. No one was as
surprised as I was.''

The Flames allowed Chicago to climb back within one after having
a three-goal lead.

''We had a three-goal lead and we were still a little sloppy,''
Gilbert said. ''We've got to learn to shut teams down.''

Steve Thomas cut the lead to 3-1 at 8:58 of the second. Roman
Turek stopped Phil Housley's long shot, but Thomas beat Petr Buzek
to the rebound and scored.

Steve Sullivan capitalized on a pass from Alex Zhamnov to bring
the Blackhawks within one with 2:58 remaining in the second.
Zhamnov gathered a loose puck behind the red line and fed a
streaking Sullivan in the slot for a one-timer.

''I thought for second we were right back in the game, and we
were going to get something out of it,'' Thibault said. ''But it
didn't happen.''

Martin Gelinas put the Flames up 4-2 at 5:43 of the final
period. After blocking Craig Conroy's long shot, Thibault stopped
Iginla's rebound attempt, but the puck bounced right to Gelinas who
lifted the puck into the open net.

Marc Savard and Drury connected at 12:05 of the third to give
Calgary another three-goal lead. After a flurry of Chicago shots,
Savard carried the puck into the Chicago zone and passed to Drury,
who beat Thibault from the left circle for his second goal of the
game.

''I just got it and ripped it,'' Drury said.

Turek stopped 33 shots to earn his second win of the season for
the Flames (2-2-1). Thibault was not sharp early, allowing three
goals on the first seven shots and stopping 20.

''It was a game of missed opportunities,'' Chicago coach Brian
Sutter said. ''Put it this way, two of the first three goals were
unassisted. Four of the five came off the rush.''

Game notes
Boughner last scored on Dec. 19, 2001, at Phoenix. ...
Martin Gelinas played in his 900th NHL contest. D Jason Strudwick,
who signed with the Blackhawks as a free agent, played in his first
game. Strudwick skated as a left wing on a line with Igor Korolev
and Thomas. Zhamnov has recorded a point (one goal, three assists)
in every Chicago game this season. Fred Sasakamoose, the NHL's
first North American Indian, who played for Chicago in 1953-54,
dropped the ceremonial first puck.