CALGARY, ALBERTA (TICKER) —Not even members of one of the most revered hockey families could change the fortunes of two struggling teams.
Chris Drury erased a deficit 25 seconds after it was created as the Calgary Flames snapped a three-game losing streak by rallying for a 2-2 tie with the Chicago Blackhawks, who have just one win in their last nine contests.
After coach Brian Sutter’s Blackhawks edged his younger brother’s San Jose Sharks earlier this season, Darryl had a chance to get even while behind Calgary’s bench.
“You know, we played against each other so many times in our career because we were in the same division and we’ve coached against each other a lot in the same conference,” Darryl Sutter said. “I think it’s a bigger deal for you guys (in the media). At this point, it’s just nice to see him when we get together, although there wasn’t much of a chance because they got in late last night and we’re leaving (for Edmonton) right after the game.”
Kyle Calder netted his second goal in as many games less than 7 1/2 minutes into the third period to open a 2-1 lead for Chicago, which is winless in nine of its last 10 road games.
But the advantage did not last long as Drury scored his 13th of the season moments later to forge a tie for the Flames, who are unbeaten in their last five home meetings with the Blackhawks (3-0-2).
“There’s not a day in the season where you come to the rink and say, `Gee, it’s all right if we lose this one,’” Chicago goaltender Steve Passmore said. “We can read, regardless of what some people think, and we know where we are in the standings and we know how important every point is.”
Carrying down the left side, Oleg Saprykin dished to Martin Gelinas in the slot. Passmore turned aside Gelinas’ shot, but Drury gathered it on the doorstep and swiped it past the fallen goalie at 7:44 of the third to knot the game.
Iginla gave the Flames a 1-0 lead 7:53 into the contest. Driving around Sergei Berezin in the right faceoff circle, he caromed a backhander off Passmore and into the net for his 16th goal.
“Dave Lowry went to the net and took a guy with him and (Craig) Conroy went to the net and took another guy with him, so it was just myself and Berezin,” Iginla said. “But I had a bit of a step that I was able to get to the net on. I was just trying to drive wide to the net and was able to get a backhand shot and got hooked into the goalie and didn’t see the puck go in. It was one of those things that definitely was a good break.”
After a scoreless second period, Odelein held in a clearing attempt at the right point and fired a shot toward the net that sneaked between goalie Jamie McLennan’s pads at 2:10 of the third.
“It was just lucky,” Odelein said. “I put it on net and I don’t know for what reason, but it went in. It was a lucky goal, for sure.”
The Blackhawks jumped in front at 7:19 on Calder’s 14th tally.
Mark Bell drove down the right side and backhanded a cross-ice pass to Calder. At the left side of the net, the 24-year-old winger eluded defenseman Steve Montador and put a one-timer past McLennan to give Chicago a short-lived advantage.
McLennan made a spectacular play with six seconds remaining for one of his 10 saves in the extra session. Defenseman Jason Strudwick took a feed from Berezin on the right side of the net, but McLennan slid across the crease to make the stop.
“Berezin is a dangerous shooter,” McLennan said. “I think my biggest thing is I tried to stay square to him and play a shot. He made a heck of a pass across and the guy was a righthanded shot, forehand, so it gave me an extra half-second to get across because it had to come across his body. I got lucky, but it’s a nice way to end a game.”
“I thought `Noodles’ (McLennan) could have let one more in,” Passmore joked. “But overall, I thought it was a great game. It was pretty exciting the last half of the third and overtime. Hopefully, fans got their money’s worth.”