Irate fans pelt Fraser for call

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 10:58 AM ET


 Kerry Fraser won't be receiving a key to the Stampede City any time soon.

 Flames fans showered the veteran official with boos, soft drinks and anything else they could get their hands on as Fraser left the ice following Tampa's 1-0 series-evening win last night.

 The Sea of Red was livid with Fraser and partner Brad Watson for handing the Lightning a full 5-on-3 powerplay less than two minutes into Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final.

 Flames winger Chris Clark, whistled for the second infraction on the play, refused to blame the zebras.

 "It was a penalty," Clark said of his cross-checking infraction. "They had to call it."

 Brad Richards converted on the powerplay, giving the visitors all the offence they would need as Lightning goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin slammed the door.

 As angry as Flames fans were with Fraser last night, they may have been even hotter under the collar 15 years ago.

 On May 19, 1989, the Stanley Cup final was squared at one game apiece and the Flames and Montreal Canadiens were deadlocked at three in double overtime in Game 3.

 Fraser brought the whistle out of his pocket for the first time in more than 60 minutes to finger Calgary's Mark Hunter for a marginal boarding call on Habs forward Shayne Corson.

 Ryan Walter scored just as the penalty expired to give the Canadiens a 2-1 series lead but the Flames came back to win the next three games of the series and the Cup.

 To a man, players and team officials vented their frustration after the game.

 Some of the comments weren't fit to publish in a family newspaper.

 The Flames were much more reserved last night but Fraser will certainly not be on any of their Christmas-card lists.


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