Drury scored the tying goal at 14:39 of the third period to lead
the Flames to a 2-2 tie with the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday
"Once again, we weren't prepared in the first and I don't know why, but over the final couple periods we outplayed them by a wide margin,'' Drury said. "We're going to take the positives where we can get them and that is that we responded well.
"Now we've got to figure out how to get off to a better start.''
Drury picked up a loose puck in front of San Jose's goal and
fired a shot through a crowd and between Evgeni Nabokov's pads.
Martin Gelinas also scored for Calgary, is winless in its last
three games. The Flames went 0-for-8 on the power play, and have
failed to score with the man advantage on their last 36 chances.
"We haven't been too successful, but it's one of those things that we can't hang our heads over,'' Flames defenseman Jordan Leopold said. "We've got to just get back out there and try to improve.''
"There were a couple of ridiculous calls that went against us tonight, but we hung in there,'' Sharks coach Ron Wilson said. "They had us hemmed in for minutes on end because they were on the power play for a good part of the night.
"It really took the energy out of our people. We use a lot of
offensive people to kill penalties and that drained us.''
Smith's goal at 17:47 of the second had given San Jose a 2-1
lead. Jonathan Cheechoo's shot was stopped by Turek, but the Flames
goaltender couldn't find the puck beside his pad and Smith jammed
it in for his career-high fourth goal.
Calgary tied it 1-1 at 4:54 of the second when Jarome Iginla
slid a backhand attempt to the front of the Sharks net that Gelinas
fired in as he cut through the slot.
Calgary had ample opportunity to take the lead early in the
game, but squandered a pair of two-man advantages. Iginla, a major
factor on Calgary's special teams, is still hampered by a sore
shoulder that forced him to miss two games last week.
"Those 5-on-3s, I'll guarantee you if Iggy is healthy and on top of it, he scores there,'' Flames coach Gary Sutter said. "Remember, we're also playing a bunch of kids on defense on our power play.''
San Jose made good on its only two-man opportunity. Teemu
Selanne's shot from the faceoff circle was stopped by Turek, but
Marleau converted the rebound for his 28th goal of the season,
tying Marleau with Marco Sturm for the team lead.
Nabokov made 29 saves, while Turek turned aside 17 shots.
Calgary defenseman Bob Boughner left the game on his third shift
of the first period and was taken to a hospital with a lacerated
tendon in his right forearm, an injury accidentally caused by
San Jose defenseman Rob Davison had an assist, giving him
four points in 13 games. Davison matched the point total from his
last two seasons in the AHL, where he played 70 and 72 games
respectively. ... Sutter is 17-18-7-1 since taking over as Flames
coach on Dec. 28. ... Calgary has only been outshot once in 17
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Arena: Scotiabank Saddledome Location: Calgary, Alberta
Referees: Mike Hasenfratz, Kelly Sutherland Linesmen: Don Henderson, Mark Wheler
Attendance: 14,207 (73.7% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Patrick Marleau (26)
(Power Play) Assists: Teemu Selanne, Mike Rathje
Martin Gelinas (22)
Assists: Jarome Iginla, Blair Betts
Mark Smith (4)
Assists: Jonathan Cheechoo, Rob Davison
Chris Drury (22)
Assists: Oleg Saprykin, Chris Clark