17 September 2009
Focus for this game was mainly on Theo Fleuy's comeback, since tonight would be his first game in six years. Calgary Fans made him feel right at home giving him grand applause every time he shot or touched the puck and the place erupted after Theo became tonight's hero scoring the game winning goal during tonight's shoot out.
For Islander fans though they will resonate on the fact that one of their star players was taken out on a stretcher after a huge hit by Dion Phaneuf.
Following a less than stellar start to the first, in which sloppy passing caused the opening goal by Nigel Dawes just 4:53 into the first. The Isles started coming alive late in the first keeping the puck in the flames end resulting in a goal. Josh bailey fired one from the left side of the net and Trevor Smith got his stick on the puck to redirect it in tying the game up at one.
The Isles would come out gunning in the second period and just 59 seconds in Blake Comeau fires one in off of a one timer from Martinek giving them the 2-1 lead. At 2:52 Mark Giordano of the flames got called for hooking and gave the Islanders the power play, a move that would be costly as Matt Moulson capitalizes giving the Isles a commanding 3-1 lead.
Then at 5:35 the unthinkable happens, Young star Kyle Okposo was driving through neutral ice and was flattened by Dion Phaneuf, setting off a major scrum causing both goalie to come out of their nets. As the player tussles were broken up the severity of the situation hit isles fans like a ton of bricks as Kyle Okposo lay their motionless being attended to by team doctors and trainers. After several minutes he was loaded up onto a stretcher and taken off to the hospital. Subsequently the Islanders were given an extra 2 minute penalty.
The Flames capitalized scoring the tying goal at 6:53. Gordan sent in Kevin Poullin for the visible shaken Martin Biron. several moments after the switch the Flames would score again as Olli Jokinen scored his second of the night tying the game at 3.
As the third period started with an okposoless Islanders team, they caught a break as Theo Fleury was called for a hooking penalty giving the Islanders a need power play, and the Islanders made them pay as Matt Moulson would score again giving the Isles the 4-3 lead. Only to have that lead disappear once again after the Islanders once again get called for a penalty and David moss tied the game at 4 sending this intense match up into OT.
The Flames would have chances but were unable to convert as good defensive positioning, a good goalie, and pure luck sent this one down to the wire in an always exciting Shootout. After the first 3 shooters missed Theo Fleury stepped up with the opportunity to give the Flames the win and he delivered. Fleury won the game in dramatic fashion getting a thunderous roar from the fans as his shot went by Poullin.
The Flames came out on top in what now is a meaningless game in light of what happend to Kyle, so far reports are looking better than what was probably first anticipated.
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