Series (Game 4 of 4)

Calgary leads 3-0

Game 1: Saturday, October 19th
Game 2: Saturday, November 23rd
Game 3: Thursday, February 6th
Game 4: Friday, March 7th

Flames 2

(22-31-4, 58 pts)

Blackhawks 0

(24-29-5, 63 pts)

8:30 PM ET, March 7, 2003

United Center, Chicago, Illinois

1 2 3 T
CGY 0 0 22
CHI 0 0 00

R. Turek (Flames - G): Saves: 30, Save Pct.: 1.000

C. Drury (Flames - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

J. Thibault (Blackhawks - G): Saves: 28, Save Pct.: .966

Drury's 50-foot wrist shot somehow gets past Thibault

CHICAGO (AP) -- Calgary's Chris Drury isn't exactly sure how he scored. He just knows that the goal counted.

Drury broke a scoreless tie with 9:08 left when his floating 50-foot wrist shot from the right wing boards sailed past Jocelyn Thibault in the Flames' 2-0 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night.

The puck appeared to glance off Chicago defenseman Burke Henry, who was covering Martin Gelinas in the slot. Video replays, however, weren't conclusive.

''Obviously I was just throwing it at the net, hoping for something, not even hoping for it to go in, just a rebound,'' Drury said. ''I caught a break. It hit Henry's back, I guess.''

The goal gave Drury 20 or more for the fifth consecutive season.

Thibault also was at a loss to describe how Drury got it.

''It must have hit (something),'' Thibault said. ''All I know is the puck was headed to my blocker side and for some reason it went to my glove side.''

Henry couldn't confirm if the puck deflected off him.

''I can't say if it did,'' he said. ''It might have grazed me.''

Calgary's Roman Turek made 30 saves for his third shutout of the season and 23rd of his career. Jarome Iginla added an empty-net goal with 10.7 seconds left for the Flames, who have won three in a row and four of five.

''I don't know why, but I feel pretty confident playing against them (the Blackhawks),'' Turek said. ''They had nothing for rebounds. If I left the puck for a rebound, our guys were right there.''

Thibault made 28 saves for the Blackhawks, whose losing steak reached nine games -- their longest since 1988-89. Chicago has won just three of its last 23, going 3-16-2-2 in the stretch.

''As far as I'm concerned, this game was going to be 0-0,'' Thibault said. ''I've never seen anything like this in my career. It's beyond frustrating.''

The Blackhawks finished 0-3-1 against the Flames this season and are the only Western Conference team that didn't beat Calgary.

Calgary's Rob Niedermeyer and Drury had the best chances in a scoreless first.

Niedermeyer was stopped close in by Thibault at 5:13, then Drury's shot from the slot hit the left post at 8:02.

Turek stopped Chicago's Mark Bell on a point-blank shot and rebound attempt in the opening minute of the scoreless second.

Turek stopped two chances by Sergei Berezin during a Chicago power play early in the third.

Chicago's Theo Fleury nearly banked in a shot from behind the net with 1:40 left, but Turek smothered the puck.

Game notes

Chicago center Alex Zhamnov, the team's leading scorer, missed the game with an injured left hand. He's listed as day-to-day. Blackhawks left wing Eric Daze missed his fifth game due to an infected ankle. He could return Sunday against Boston. ... Chicago left wing Kyle Calder played in his 200th NHL game. ... Calgary's line of Martin Gelinas, Drury and Oleg Saprykin has eight goals and eight assists in their past three contests. Drury has four goals and two assists in that span. He had four goals in four games against Chicago this season.

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