Bounce goes Flyers' way

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:07 AM ET

One bad bounce put the Calgary Flames and their fans in a sour mood.

With less than two minutes to play and the Flames riding a wave of emotion after clawing back with a pair of powerplay goals to even the score in their season-opener, things went south.

Anders Eriksson's attempt at a dump-in went awry and sprung the dangerous duo of Simon Gagne and Daniel Briere in on Miikka Kiprusoff, who could only watch Briere deposit the game-winner into the top of the cage in the Philadelphia Flyers' 3-2 win at the Saddledome last night.

"Not really the bounce you wanted," said Eriksson, who saw an opportunity to get the puck deep and set up the forecheck as the clock ticked down.

His attempt hit centre Craig Conroy in the shoulder and the biscuit skipped right into Gagne's lap behind the play.

He fed Briere for the nimble newcomer's second goal of the game.

"The puck got chipped up the boards and we were all coming out," said a disheartened Conroy.

"Bubba (Eriksson) came over and went to shoot it in -- he backhanded it pretty hard -- it hit me and I didn't know where it went."

Conroy couldn't believe where the puck ended up.

"It couldn't bounce in the box or somewhere," he added, the frustration apparent.

"It just bounced right on their stick. I might have been able to catch one guy, but nobody could get to Briere, he was wide open.

"It's a tough play. We felt like we were coming back and, all of a sudden, a fluky little bounce and it's game over."

With three natural centres on the ice -- Stephane Yelle, Wayne Primeau and Conroy -- and nearly everybody out there near the bench as players were changing up, the speedy and dangerous Briere was unmarked.

So, while the bounce was unfortunate, head coach Mike Keenan still suggested there was culpability for the clincher that came with 1:48 left in regulation.

"It was a combination," said Keenan.

"An unfortunate bounce, but at the same time, we didn't read the wide man.

"There was some responsibility on that as well."


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