CALGARY, Alberta (AP)—Mika Noronen had a perfect start to his season.
“I’m happy with the way it turned out, but I have to say we really played great defense and they never really had too many chances to score either,” Noronen said.
“Our young guys have been flying and really carrying us, giving our line a chance to get going,” Iginla said. “Tonight we should have been able to help out but we weren’t able to. I expect a lot more from myself, and a lot more from our line, and we’re going to work at it.”
Kotalik scored 93 seconds into the game, capitalizing on a miscue by Flames defenseman Andrew Ference. Chris Drury intercepted a pass and, after collecting his own rebound, passed to Kotalik for the score.
“You make that type of mistake in your own building and it gives us some time to hunker down and take them out of the game,” Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said.
Satan beat Roman Turek for a power-play goal with 0.6 seconds left in the second period.
The Flames put the puck past Noronen when Chuck Kobasew jammed in his own rebound on a breakaway at 4:29 of the first, but referee Don Van Massenhoven waved off the goal, ruling Kobasew pushed Noronen into the goal along with the puck.
Calgary center Stephane Yelle did not play due to a sore head and neck, which he hurt in Tuesday’s game against Edmonton. … With Steve Reinprecht (shoulder) also sidelined, Calgary was left with only three healthy centers.Left wing Dave Lowry centered the fourth line.