Whalers 2, Flames 0
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Keith Primeau of the Hartford Whalers enjoyed a bit of sweet revenge.
Primeau, who had 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 Calgary Flames defenseman Tommy Albelin put into his own net. That proved to be the game-winner in the Whalers 2-0 victory.
``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 two-on-one 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.″
Andrew Cassels, who got Hartford’s other goal, also got help from a Flames’ defender.
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.
``Sometimes good things happen when you’re trying to make a pass,″ Cassels said. ``Fortunately, it went in.″
Kidd said, ``I believe he was trying to hit the far-side winger. Unfortunately, Sully roofed it.″
It was the second loss in as many nights for Calgary, which is two games into a seven-game road trip. The Flames were 0-for-6 on the power play.
``I think this is the first game in the history of the NHL that a team wins by two goals and doesn’t actually score any,″ said Hartford coach Paul Maurice.