Series (Game 1 of 1)

Philadelphia leads 1-0

Game 1: Saturday, October 12th

Flyers 5

(1-0-0, 3 pts)

Flames 4

(0-2-0, 0 pts)

10:00 PM ET, October 12, 2002

Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

1 2 3 T
PHI 1 1 35
CGY 0 4 04

M. Recchi (Flyers - LW): Goals: 3, Assists: 1

M. Gelinas (Flames - LW): Goals: 2, Assists: 1

C. Conroy (Flames - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

Recchi's hat trick helps Flyers trip Flames

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -- The Calgary Flames know they wasted a great chance to pick up their first win of the season.


Mark Recchi scored three goals and assisted on Jeremy Roenick's winner with 1:10 left in the third period as the Philadelphia Flyers scored three goals in the final six minutes to beat the Flames 5-4 Saturday night.

"Very frustrating,'' Calgary's Craig Conroy said. "It was not even the whole third period so much as it was the last five minutes.''

Justin Williams also scored for Philadelphia (1-0-1-0), which is unbeaten on a three-game road trip that ends in Montreal on Tuesday. Martin Gelinas scored twice for Calgary (0-2-0-0), with the other goals from Jarome Iginla and Conroy.

"If you have the lead heading into the third period, you've got to shut the door on them and get those two points,'' Conroy said. "We haven't been able to do that and that's what killed us last year and that's what killed us tonight. Instead of having two points, now we have zero.''

After three consecutive goals on two-man advantages late in the second period put Calgary ahead 4-2, the Flyers put their power play to work late in the third.

Two minutes after Recchi had pulled the Flyers within 4-3 at 14:13, he scored his third on a power play at 15:58 when he moved in from the blue line and beat goalie Roman Turek on a shot that deflected off the glove of Flames defenseman Robyn Regehr.

Recchi then turned playmaker. Seven seconds after a goalie interference call against Iginla, Recchi zipped a cross-ice pass to Roenick, who one-timed his first goal of the season past Turek.

Iginla was called for the foul although he appeared to be checked into goalie Roman Cechmanek by Eric Desjardins. The call angered the Saddledome crowd, which was booing even after the game ended.

"I'm disappointed on the call on Iggy,'' Conroy said. "Two minutes to go, he's going to the net. He gets a push and barely bumps into him.''

Philadelphia finished 2-for-10 on the power play; the Flames were 3-for-9.

The Flyers led 2-1 before a power-play display by the Flames late in the second produced three goals in a 2:35 span.

Gelinas tied the game with his first as a Flame at 17:24, tipping a slap shot from Toni Lydman past Cechmanek with Calgary on a 5-on-3.

With Eric Weinrich still in the penalty box from an earlier high-sticking, Roenick then took a roughing penalty at 18:21. The call was protested by Justin Williams, who drew two minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Just 27 seconds later, Gelinas took a pass from Conroy and from the side of the net fired high over a sprawling Cechmanek.

Iginla made it 4-2 just as the buzzer sounded to end the period. Officials checked the video before declaring the shot from the faceoff circle had crossed the line before time ran out. By the time it was ruled a goal, the entire Philadelphia team had gone to the dressing room.

"We feel we had control of the game up until we really took a lot of bad penalties in the second period,'' Recchi said. "It was really our own fault for letting them back in the hockey game. Hitch (Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock) came in the room after the second period and challenged us, saying if we're going to start something good, we're going to start it tonight and the guys responded really well.''

Philadelphia opened the scoring with 28 seconds left in the first when Williams deflected in Eric Weinrich's shot from the blue line.

Game notes

Calgary left wing Craig Berube played in his 100th game for the Flames. ... Before the game, Berube received gifts from the Calgary Flames and Philadelphia Flyers organizations. Berube began his career with the Flyers in 1986 and played in 235 games with them over five seasons.

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