Whalers 2, Flames 0
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Even a measurement for an illegal stick could not keep Hartford goalie Sean Burke from his 13th career shutout.
Burke, whose stick was deemed legal after being measured with 3:52 left in the third period, made 28 saves Wednesday night in the Whalers’ 2-0 victory over the Calgary Flames.
``They measured my equipment two weeks ago,″ Burke said. ``They measured my stick tonight. I hope they won’t measure my nose at any point, because that’s the only thing I use that’s illegal.″
How close is his stick to being illegal?
``Very close,″ Burke said. ``Like everybody, you’re not going to use something that’s inches below what you have to use.″
Hartford took advantage of some fortunate bounces on both goals from centers Keith Primeau and Andrew Cassels. Both were credited with goals that Calgary players put into their own net.
Primeau, who had a goal taken away for having a skate in the crease in a loss to Philadelphia on Sunday, was credited with one Wednesday night that Flames defenseman Tommy Albelin put it into his own net.
``When I first went to the bench, I said, `That’s a little bit of vindication for the one the other night,‴ Primeau said.
His shorthanded goal at 2:33 of the second period began on a 2-on-1 rush with Robert Kron. Kron fired the puck off the rear boards, Primeau got it behind the net and tried a wraparound at the right post.
``I think I got a toe on it, and it went right back out and onto Tommy’s stick,″ Flames goalie Trevor Kidd said. ``I think Tommy thought he was in a different position and tried to backhand it behind the net. Unfortunately it went into our net.″
Cassels also got help from a Flames defenseman.
His power-play goal with 37 seconds left in the second period was actually a pass from the right boards that caromed hard off the skate of Calgary’s Mike Sullivan and past Kidd’s glove.
``That’s the way it goes,″ Calgary coach Pierre Page said. ``They got the bounces.″
After the game, the teams announced a trade that sent defenseman Glen Featherstone, rookie forward Hnat Domenichelli, a 1997 second-round pick and a 1998 third-round pick to the Flames for defenseman Steve Chiasson and a 1997 third-round pick.
``Steve Chiasson is an experienced defenseman, a quality defenseman,″ Whalers general manager Jim Rutherford said. ``He’ll upgrade our defense and make our team stronger. He has a good four or five years ahead of him.″
Chiasson, 29, has 82 goals and 259 points in 639 NHL games. Featherstone, 29, has 18 goals and 76 points in 371 games. Domenichelli, a 20-year-old forward, was one of the top prospects in Hartford’s system.