Turek shows up Blues in return

Posted: Tuesday, October 23, 2001

ST. LOUIS -- Dave Lowry scored a tiebreaking goal midway through the third period and Craig Conroy had a goal and an assist, as the Calgary Flames beat the St. Louis Blues 3-2 Monday night.

Roman Turek stopped 26 shots and Scott Nichol also scored for Calgary (7-1-0-1), which extended its winning streak to four games. The Flames last won four straight Jan. 8-18, 2000.

Jamal Mayers and Pavol Demitra scored for St. Louis (3-2-3-0), which had its four-game unbeaten streak halted.

Lowry snapped a 2-all tie with a power-play goal at 9:36 of the third period.

Sharks 5, Rangers 1

NEW YORK -- Vincent Damphousse scored two goals and former Ranger Adam Graves got his first point of the season as San Jose beat New York.

The Rangers honored Graves, who played 10 seasons in New York before being traded to San Jose in June, with a video montage and an ovation lasting several minutes.

Scott Thornton, Brad Stuart and Patrick Marleau also scored for San Jose (3-1-3-1), which moved into first place in the Pacific Division.

Brian Leetch scored for the Rangers (4-4-1-0), who allowed two goals in the first 10 minutes.

Predators 4, Oilers 2

EDMONTON, Alberta -- The Nashville Predators cleared the air with a team meeting and then went out and erased their four-game winless streak.

Vladimir Orszagh and Kimmo Timonen scored in a three-minute span in the third period to lead the Predators to a 4-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Monday night.

''We were losing a lot of games we shouldn't have lost, so we had a meeting and talked about what we were doing wrong,'' Timonen said. ''It worked. We played hard, worked hard -- and the puck bounced for us.''

Orszagh snapped a 2-all tie at 9:20 of the third, and Timonen added a power-play goal at 12:12.

Orszagh carried the puck down the right wing, and while fighting off a check from Oilers defenseman Eric Brewer, shoveled a backhander toward the net. The puck barely crossed the line as Oilers defenseman Tom Poti crashed into goalie Tommy Salo.

Timonen scored over Salo's right shoulder for his first goal of the season. Karlis Skrastins picked up an assist on the play, his second of the game.

''We were desperate,'' Timonen said. ''We needed the game. That's what got us the win. That was the difference tonight.''

Scott Hartnell and Scott Walker also scored for Nashville (2-4-2-0).

''It was a good character test for our team,'' Hartnell said. ''We played well tonight and have to take that into our next game.

''It'll be a boost for our club. It gives us a lot of confidence, especially because we've been struggling these first few games.''

Anson Carter and Georges Laraque scored for Edmonton (6-3-1-0).

''We lost two points tonight that we shouldn't have lost, and I'm upset about it,'' Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said. ''These are the loses that come back to hurt you.''

Hartnell gave the Predators a 1-0 lead 13:01 of the first. He moved down the right wing on a 2-on-1 rush, took a shot and slid his own rebound into the far side.

Carter tied it 4:05 into the second with his seventh of the season and fifth in his last three games. Sean Brown's shot from the point missed the net and bounced off the boards to Carter, who backhanded it into the top of the net from a tight angle.

Ryan Smyth earned an assist on the goal, extending his scoring streak to four games.

''We didn't have the grit we had in the last few games,'' Smyth said. ''We need that from everybody to be successful.''

Laraque made it 2-1 at 8:06, tipping in Brewer's point shot.

Walker tied if for the Predators at 18:14 of the second, deflecting Timonen's shot over Salo's pad on a power play.

Notes: Edmonton defenseman Steve Staois bruised his foot while blocking a shot in Saturday's 6-2 win over Florida. He is listed as day-to-day. ... Oilers captain Jason Smith cut his eyelid when he was hit by Greg Johnson's high-stick in the second period. Smith did not return. ... Carter's second-period goal gave Edmonton's top line -- Carter, Smyth and center Mike Comrie -- eight of the team's last 12 goals.



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