NHL Game Summary - Calgary at Washington |
(Wednesday, January 14th)
Final Score: Calgary 3, Washington 3
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Jaromir Jagr scored with 0.8 seconds
remaining in regulation to lift the Washington Capitals to a 3-3 tie with the
Calgary Flames at the MCI Center.
Trent Whitfield and Sergei Gonchar also scored for the Caps, while Jeff
Halpern added two assists. Olaf Kolzig stopped 41 shots as Washington
registered a point for the third straight game (2-0-1).
Jarome Iginla had a goal and an assist, and Matthew Lombardi and Oleg Saprykin
also tallied for the Flames, who have notched points in four of their last six
(3-2-1). Jamie McLennan stopped 22-of-25 shots in the tie.
After no goals in the first 54:22 of the game, there were six goals scored in
the final 5:38 of regulation.
Jagr scored on a miraculous shot from behind the goal line right, shooting
through traffic with less than two seconds to play and Kolzig pulled. The puck
hit off the post, then off McLennan, before squeezing between McLennan and the
post and trickling into the net.
Jagr's goal came just 38 seconds after Iginla had given Calgary a 3-2 lead
with his 18th goal of the year. Dean McAmmond fired a shot on net that Kolzig
was able to get a piece of. But the rebound lay behind the goal line to
Kolzig's left, and Iginla swooped in, drew it back and roofed it for the
Despite numerous chances, and a Calgary power play in overtime, the game
remained deadlocked. Kolzig stopped seven shots in the extra session.
With 14:23 left in the game, Washington finally cracked the scoreboard on a
goal by Whitfield. Mike Grier caught up with a puck heading toward the left
corner and shoveled it toward the net. It hit off McLennan, then Jeff Halpern
nudged the puck out to Whitfield, who pumped it past a screened netminder for
the 1-0 lead.
The Flames came back to tie it just 59 seconds later, when Andrew Ference
cranked a slapshot from the right point that hit off of Kolzig's right
shoulder, then popped straight up in the air. A mass of bodies, initiated by
the Caps defense, then smacked into Kolzig, and the puck wound up in the net.
By virtue of being the closest Flame, Lombardi was credited with the score.
Kolzig had his shutout streak ended at 169:29 with the goal.
After Grier broke a stick in the defensive zone, Saprykin collected the puck
and sent it over to Jarome Iginla in the high slot. Iginla's first shot was
blocked, but he fired again, and this one made it's way to Kolzig. However,
Kolzig couldn't control the rebound, and Saprykin skated in and punched it
into the net for the 2-1 lead only 29 seconds after Lombardi's goal.
Gonchar evened things up with his fifth goal of the season with one minute to
play in regulation, scoring after Alexander Semin was sent off for goaltender
interference and the Caps pulled Kolzig for the first time for the 6-on-4
advantage. Gonchar took a shot from the left point that deflected off a
defenseman in front and past
After a scoreless first period, during which Kolzig had to stop 17 shots, both
the Flames and Canadiens put nine shots on net in the second stanza.
But despite two minutes of power play time for Calgary and four minutes for
Washington, neither team could solve the opposing netminder.
With under 11 minutes to play, the teams had back-to-back breakaways, but each
goaltender was equal to the task. For Calgary, it was Shean Donovan who went
in alone on Kolzig, but Kolzig poke-checked the puck away.
At the other end, Robert Lang moved quickly down the right side with the puck,
but McLennan wouldn't be fooled, and he got a piece of the shot from
Washington's leading goal scorer.
Earlier on Wednesday, Calgary assigned left wing Martin Sonnenberg to Lowell
of the American Hockey League...It was the first road tie for Calgary, which
is 10-6-1-2 away from home this season...The Capitals haven't won three
straight since January 10-13 of last year...The Caps are 3-5-3 in their last
11 home games...Washington is 4-0-2 in the last six meetings with Calgary.
01/14 22:24:23 ET