When the Calgary Flames came out of the gates like gangbusters, hockey fans alike were waiting with baited breath to see if this team was for real. Fans were apprehensive, and the citizens of Calgary decided to wait out the team, to see whether or not the hot start was an anomaly or if this team had finally turned the corner.
Calgary had a tremendous October and did some of the same in November. Jarome Iginla was setting the league afire and has yet to be dethroned as NHL leading scorer. Roman Turek was a fortress and provided stability in the net the likes of which Calgary hadn’t seen for years. Derek Morris was playing a solid all around game, the young defense core was stepping up, and the acquisitions of Craig Conroy, Dean McAmmond, and Bob Boughner were paying off.
Then the team hit the toilet. Roman Turek missed a few games, but the Flames managed to hang on with solid team play. Turek also signed a contract extension and saw his game suffer for a while, but he since played admirably, but not as he started the year. On the 29th of November, Morris went down with a wrist injury of undisclosed severity. Morris was logging close to 30 minutes a game and quarterbacking a vaunted powerplay that was striking consistently in the 20% range. That was a month ago, and since then Calgary has gone 3 for 66 when on the man advantage. The penalty killing, while anemic at the start of the year, has actually gotten worse. At the time of this writing, Calgary has given up eight powerplay goals in the past five games. Morris is expected to miss anoth Read more»
Looking Back: The 1998 NHL Entry Draft
By Joy Kim, December 2001, Read more»
In the post-Slovakian era, the entire St. Louis Blues organization is
struggling mightily to succeed with an ever-evolving new identity. A system
once defined by speed and finesse with a European flare has been completely
overhauled over the past couple of years. General Manager Larry Pleau
sacrificed a fathom or two of the organization’s legendary depth in his
quest to assemble a squad capable of Stanley Cup success.
As an organization, the Blues have done an outstanding job in recent history
with player development, turning several marginal prospects into legitimate
NHLers. Although the knock against the system has been their failure to
produce a single legitimate superstar, they were working with some fairly
low draft positions. Jochen Hecht, Michal Handzus, Marty Reasoner, and
Ladislav Nagy were developed into good enough NHL players to be used as
trade bait in the acquisitions of superstar forwards Keith Tkachuk and Doug
Now, it would seem, the desired attribute is an intangible characteristic
known as “grit.” All hockey clichés aside, (standing up for a teammate,
never taking a shift off, taking your lumps to score a goal) in the grand
scheme things, grit is simply the willingness to do whatever it takes to win
the Stanley Cup.
There are several players currently in the system who seem to embody this
rather nebulous concept and thereby represent the visible future of the
Pepperpot center Eric Boguniecki, continues to light up AHL goaltenders,
maintaining a point-per-game pace and could certainly see a call- Read more»
Relegation game 2
07:47 BLR Kastsitsyn (Mialeshka, Siankevich) 0:1
10:04 BLR Mialeshka (Siankevich) 0:2
24:40 FRA Kevorkian (Bayon) 1:2
25:00 BLR Klimiankou (Nemirka, Grabovski) 1:3
35:23 FRA Albert (Brodin, Jestin) 2:3
Because of the French win in the first relegation game, the game went into a ten-minute
overtime. No goal was scored during that extra time so the penalty shots had to decide.
In an unprecendented series of 13 penalty shots Dmitri Mialeshka scored the series-winning
goal, saving team Belarus in the elite Group A of the WJC also for the next season.