EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) _ A sure glove hand and a quick stick
carried Chris Drury and the surprising Calgary Flames.
Drury scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period Tuesday
night in a 3-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils. The Flames won
for the second straight night following their 4-2 win over the New
York Islanders. Drury had the winner in both games.
This time, he broke a 2-2 tie at 3:21 of the third period. Drury
gloved down a puck that popped in the air off the stick of Devils
defenseman Scott Niedermayer. Drury then snapped a shot past Martin
Brodeur for the deciding goal.
``I just happened to the right guy in the right spot the last
two nights,'' Drury said. ``I was just able to grab this one, get
it down and up in a hurry.''
Brodeur tried to hold his ground as long as possible.
``He just took a whack at it,'' the Devils goaltender said. ``I
stood up as long as I could. He just shot it right over my glove. I
thought it was going wide.''
Mathias Johansson and Stephane Yelle also scored and backup
goalie Jamie McLennan made 31 saves, 20 in the third period, as the
Flames extended their unbeaten streak to four (3-0-1).
Mike Danton and Colin White scored for New Jersey, which could
have equaled the franchise record for best start (8-2 in 1993-94)
after 10 games with a victory.
McLennan withstood fierce Devils pressure in the third period
without allowing a score. He snagged Sergei Brylin's point-blank
shot with just under 13 minutes remaining and denied Jeff Friesen's
redirection in the closing minutes.
``New Jersey came at us hard in the third, especially after the
go-ahead goal,'' said Flames coach Greg Gilbert. ``They were
throwing pucks from everywhere. Jamie stood tall again tonight and
made the big saves when we needed them.''
The Devils turned up the intensity after Drury's goal, and that
did not sit well with New Jersey coach Pat Burns.
``I just think basically we were not mentally prepared to play
the game,'' Burns said. ``The way we could have played for 60
minutes wasn't there for 60 minutes. It was there for 20 (in the
third). We probably would have won the game if we had played that
Danton scored the lone goal of the tightly played opening
period. Danton whipped a shot from the left faceoff dot past
McLennan's glove at 11:29.
New Jersey outshot Calgary 5-4 in the period as both teams
focused on defense.
Calgary picked up the offensive tempo in the second and got
goals from Johansson and Yelle to take a 2-1 lead.
Johansson swatted in a rebound while being checked to the ice at
8:13. Blake Sloan set up Yelle's goal with a good pass. Sloan
circled behind the Devils net and fed a backhander through the
crease right to Yelle's stick at 15:51.
White pulled New Jersey even at 2 only 50 seconds later. White
intercepted an attempted clear at the blueline and fired a weak,
bouncing shot through a screen that eluded McLennan.<
^Notes:@ McLennan made a second straight start for the Flames in
place of Roman Turek, who is sidelined with a broken finger. ...
Calgary also played without captain Craig Conroy, who blocked a
slap shot Monday night. He caught the brunt of the blast on the
left foot. X-rays were negative. ...The Devils' Scott Gomez sat out
in a precautionary move. Gomez, who participated in the morning
skate, has been nursing a mild groin injury. Stephen Guolla, having
recovered from a hamstring injury that sidelined him one game, took
Gomez' spot in the lineup.
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Arena: IZOD Center Location: East Rutherford, New Jersey
Referees: Mike Leggo, Brad Watson Linesmen: Jean Morin, Tim Nowak
Attendance: 12,315 (64.7% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Goal scored by MIKE DANTON assisted by Jim McKenzie and Turner Stevenson
Mathias Johansson (2)
Assists: Jordan Leopold, Craig Berube
Stephane Yelle (2)
Assists: Blake Sloan, Chris Clark
Colin White (2)
Chris Drury (6)
Assists: Jarome Iginla, Rob Niedermayer