Fleury Re-Debut WIN: Jay Bow Debut
Game 2 of the pre-season and a sold out Saddledome came out to see one thing and one thing only: Theoren Fleury. Well maybe two, the first game of Jay Bow was tonight as well. Calgary played with a large contingent of vets including Iginla, Langkow, Jokinen, Regehr, Phaneuf, Sarich, and Conroy.
It must be the rust because you wouldn’t have noticed much of an improvement compared to last game against Edmonton when the team was largely lead by minor leaguers. Tonight Calgary muddled around for the first period and a half going down 3-1 at one point.
Pre-Season Tone Set By Monster Phaneuf Hit
The Flames finally woke up after Dion Phaneuf annihilated Islanders forward Kyle Okposo. Okposo, NYI up and coming star, was caught with his head down and was checked open ice cleanly. The problem for him was he’s a player that doesn’t tie the helmet on tight. The result was his head hitting the ice and the stretcher coming out to take him home.
Miikka Kiprusoff looked average letting in three goals in 1.5 periods of work and less than a dozen shots.
Theoren Fleury made it on the scoresheet, with a minor penalty for hooking, which in the end gave the Islanders a 4-3 lead.
Power play looked good with Bow and Phaneuf on the point. 3 PP goals and almost 4 for the game winner (would have been a hat trick for Jokinen who put in the puck 1 second after the OT period ended). Jokinen looked solid with his Gordie Howe hat-trick.
That meant shoot out. Try out goalie Dave Shantz let in one goal in the third and shut the door in the shoot out. His stalk certainly has increased…..however, it was the Calgary second shooter that got the crowd to their feet.
Nigel Dawes missed shot one, but Theoren Fleury emerged to the cheers of fans for the second shot. The diminutive forward went straight down, faked the shot, and slide home on the forehand what would be the shoot-out winner.
Fitting end to the game, however, it’s too soon to tell if he’ll make the team. There’s depth (3rd and 4th line depth mind you) on the team. IN the least, he didn’t look out of place….
Notes: Absent from the line up Glencross, Bourque, McGrattan.