Series (Game 1 of 5)

Series tied 2-2

Game 1: Wednesday, October 3rd
Game 2: Wednesday, December 26th
Game 3: Monday, December 31st
Game 4: Saturday, March 23rd
Game 5: Friday, April 12th

Oilers 0

(0-1-0, 0 pts)

Flames 1

(1-0-0, 2 pts)

9:00 PM ET, October 3, 2001

Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

1 2 3 T
EDM 0 0 00
CGY 0 0 11

R. Turek (Flames - G): Saves: 24, Save Pct.: 1.000

T. Salo (Oilers - G): Saves: 27, Save Pct.: .964

D. Morris (Flames - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 1

Turek makes 24 stops in Battle of Alberta

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -- Roman Turek's stellar goaltending Wednesday night showed why he was the Calgary Flames' prize offseason acquisition.

Turek made 24 saves in his debut and Marc Savard scored the only goal as the Flames beat the Edmonton Oilers 1-0 in the NHL season opener for both teams.

"It's an unbelievable feeling for a goalie when you win a game 1-0," said Turek, who was acquired from the St. Louis Blues in a draft-day trade.

Savard broke through at 6:13 of the third period. Derek Morris's slap shot from the blue line deflected off the foot of a sliding Mike Grier and caromed across the slot to Savard, who had an empty net to fire the puck into with goaltender Tommy Salo trapped out of position.

Popular goaltender Fred Brathwaite was part of the three-player package shipped to St. Louis in exchange for Turek, but the Czech wasted no time replacing "Freddie" in the hearts of the 16,242 fans in attendance.

The 31-year-old Turek looked especially sharp midway through the second period when he stopped Jochen Hecht and Anson Carter with the Oilers on the power play. The fans reacted by chanting "Roman! Roman!" replacing the shouts of "Freddie! Freddie!" heard last season.

"He made numerous big saves for us tonight, especially on penalty-killing situations," Flames coach Greg Gilbert said. "He was stoning guys, doing a great job of controlling his rebounds and moving from side to side."

It was Turek's 16th career shutout.

"We had lots of opportunities to score but we just didn't get the bounce, they got the bounce," Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said. "Roman's a big guy and he played a terrific game in there."

Savard's goal came just five seconds after a goaltender interference penalty to Ryan Smyth had expired. Smyth's penalty ended a stretch of four consecutive minor penalties to Calgary that had given the Oilers a power-play for nearly six straight minutes, capped by a 23-second two-man advantage.

The Oilers finished 0-for-9 with the man advantage as they opened a season for the first time in nine years without former captain and perennial leading scorer Doug Weight, traded during the offseason to the Blues.

"We had some bad breaks here and there, but we're not going to dwell on it," Smyth said. "It's only the first game, we're not going to let it worry us."

The game got off to a feisty beginning, not surprising considering the two provincial rivals had already played each other three times during the preseason.

The rough stuff settled down in the second period as the teams settled into a close-checking game.

Game notes
The Flames lineup featured six players not with the organization last season -- Turek, C Rob Niedermayer, LW Craig Berube, RW Dean McAmmond, LW Scott Nichol, and D Bob Boughner.

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