NHL Game Summary - Washington at Calgary
(Tuesday, October 21st)
Final Score: Calgary 2, Washington 1
Calgary, AB (Sports Network) - Matthew Lombardi's early second-period tally proved to be the game-winner, as the Calgary Flames edged the Washington Capitals, 2-1, at the Pengrowth Saddledome.
Jarome Iginla also scored and Miikka Kiprusoff made 30 saves for the Flames, who defeated the Capitals for the first time since March 13, 1999, snapping an eight-game winless streak.
Sergei Fedorov tallied for Washington, which began a three-game road trip by dropping its second straight. Jose Theodore allowed two goals on 28 shots in a losing effort.
"At this point, things are not connecting but everybody is trying hard," said Theodore.
Fedorov scored first for the Capitals, redirecting Jeff Schultz's backhander from the top of the right circle in behind Kiprusoff at 4:21 of the first. The veteran pivot tied Alexander Mogilny for the most goals (473) scored by a Russian-born player in league history.
Moments later, Tyler Sloan, a Calgary native making his NHL debut for Washington, unloaded a bone-rattling check on an unsuspecting Daymond Langkow. Rene Bourque immediately came to the aid of his linemate and pummeled the rookie rearguard. Bourque was assessed a laundry list of penalties that resulted in a nine-minute power play for the visitors, who were unable to pad their lead and take control of the game.
"(Referee) Bill (McCreary) came over and explained it to me," said Flames coach Mike Keenan. "It was the instigator plus the additional two because of the visor, which gives you four and it's five for the major."
Building off their brilliant penalty kill, the Flames evened the score one minute into the second period. While on a five-on-three power play, Shaone Morrisonn's clearing attempt hit Iginla and the Calgary captain settled the puck down before ripping a slap shot past Theodore.
Lombardi's even-strength marker gave the home team a 2-1 lead at 2:42. Dustin Boyd took a feed from David Moss, carried the puck down the left wing and dished to Lombardi, whose wrister from the slot beat Theodore on the blocker side.
Washington failed to score when Adrian Aucoin went off for cross checking with 7:03 remaining in the third. In the waning seconds of regulation, Theodore was taken out for an extra skater, but the Caps couldn't net the equalizer.
Washington was called for eight straight penalties following its outrageous power play...Calgary played its first game of the season outside of the Northwest Division...The Flames recorded their first win at home against the Caps since March 26, 1998...Calgary went 1-for-9 on the power play, while Washington finished 0-for-5.
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