Calgary gets first Pond win in five years


ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- The Anaheim Mighty Ducks only wish they
had Craig Conroy's problems.

Conroy had a career-high four assists to lead the Calgary Flames
to a 5-1 victory over Anaheim on Monday.

The Flames won in Anaheim for the first time since January 13,
1999, ending a nine-game winless stretch (0-6-3) at the Pond.

"I'll take four assists any night, but I just can't buy a goal
right now," said Conroy, who has just one goal in 25 games this
season. "It was still a good win for the team, though."

An inability to score is a problem Anaheim can certainly relate
to. The Ducks peppered Flames goaltender Roman Turek with 37 shots
-- including 20 in the opening period -- but failed to score more
than one goal for the third time in four games.

"We had every opportunity in the world to score, and we didn't
finish," Anaheim coach Mike Babcock said. "They finished their
opportunities and got better. We got discouraged."

With the score tied 1-1, Calgary forward Martin Gelinas pushed a
loose rebound under the pads of Anaheim goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere at 12:09 of the second.

Just 2:14 later, Saprykin drilled a shot from the right corner
that deflected off the skates of two Anaheim defensemen, Todd Simpson and Ruslan Salei, before landing behind Giguere.

Josh Green and Chris Clark added third-period goals for the
Flames to help Turek secure his first win of the season.

"It was a huge moment for me," Turek said. "Before the game,
I was very focused. I just wanted to win one game. It was important
for me, and more important for the team."

Turek made his second consecutive start. Jamie McLennan started
eight games immediately after a knee injury to regular starter
Miikka Kiprusoff.

Toni Lydman also scored for the Flames, who played for the first
time this season without captain and leading scorer Jarome Iginla.
He sprained his left ankle Saturday against Dallas.

With Iginla sidelined, Chuck Kobasew moved into the Calgary
lineup and got two assists.

"We didn't miss a beat," Flames assistant coach Rich Preston
said. "He gave us a lot of speed."

Flames forward Krzysztof Oliwa was given a five-minute match
penalty and ejected for deliberately attempting to injure Giguere
midway through the first period.

Oliwa elbowed Giguere in the head as he barreled by him behind
the Anaheim net.

"It was a stupid play by an idiot," said Giguere, who had his
mask knocked off and was sent sprawling to the ice by the
collision. "As long as you have guys like that in the NHL, it's
going to happen."

The Ducks failed to score on the ensuing five-minute power play
but did manage to take a 1-0 lead when Sergei Fedorov's pass across
the crease hit Turek's stick and deflected in at 18:08 of the

The Flames tied it on a slap shot from the right point by
Lydman during a power play 6:51 into the second.

Game notes
Anaheim recalled wing Cam Severson from Cincinnati of the
AHL. Lance Ward accepted a voluntary assignment to Cincinnati for
conditioning purposes. ... Calgary has scored a power-play goal in
six of its last eight games.