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Refs scratch Leopold's tally

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:56 AM ET

The second anniversary has now passed and Jordan Leopold is still searching for the goal that will wash away his drought.

Which made last night's developments all the more discouraging for the Calgary Flames defenceman.

Going into last night's game against the Nashville Predators, Leopold's goal-scoring drought was at 100 games, counting the 26-game 2004 playoff run.

Two full years later, to the day of his last tally, it appeared the snake-bit rearguard had finally scissored the slump.

Late in the second period, amidst a mad scramble, Leopold spotted the puck lying in the crease. He leapt over the prone Nashville netminder Tomas Vokoun and, before hitting the ice, knocked it into the cage.

Jubilation. Exhilaration. Relief.

But only for a few moments. The goal was disallowed due to a too many men infraction against the Flames.

"That's the second one of the year," sighed the beleaguered defenceman. "It's frustrating but I'll keep working hard and it'll happen one of these days."

During the Nov. 21 game in Colorado, Leopold was first credited with a goal that went in off Byron Ritchie.

It was later changed.

His drought is now at 101 games and more than 730 days.

"I know. Thanks for pointing that out," he said. "I can't say much. I'm getting opportunities but I just can't find the net."

At least he has lit a lamp, scoring for Team U.S.A. at the Olympic tournaments.

Of course, the question remains as to what happened to negate the goal that would have made it a 3-2 game with nearly 25 minutes remaining.

How did the Flames, with the play in the Nashville zone for what seemed an eternity, end up with a sixth skater?

"I have no clue. I was on my back celebrating," Leopold said.


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