1/25/97 -- 12:15 AM


KANATA, Ontario (AP) - Goaltender Trevor Kidd had things well in hand for the Calgary Flames.

The result was a 2-2 tie Friday night with the Ottawa Senators in a game between two of the NHL's lower-echelon teams battling for a playoff berth.

``Unfortunately with the situation we're in, the extra point would have been nice,'' said Kidd, who had an outstanding 31-save performance.

``But it's not a killer. Hopefully we'll turn the coin over and start winning some of these close games.''

Kidd almost pulled off the feat alone, but Daniel Alfredsson scored for Ottawa with 30 seconds remaining in regulation time to complete a period-long barrage.

``We had some great scoring chances and Kidd made some great saves,'' said Ottawa coach Jacques Martin. ``I think it's encouraging to be going in the direction.''

Both Calgary and Ottawa continue to entertain playoff hopes despite their sub-.500 records. There are 10 NHL teams clustered near the bottom of the standings with only six points separating them.

The Flames, who head home from a three-game road trip with two losses and Friday night's tie, have a 17-25-6 record. The Senators are 14-22-9.

Both sides seemed content with the tie.

``That's our third game in four nights,'' said Flames coach Pierre Page. ``At least we got a point.''

Said Ottawa forward Alexandre Daigle: ``We cannot have a streak of losing. If we want to make the playoffs, we need more wins and ties.''

The Senators had an extra attacker when Alfredsson deflected Wade Redden's wrist shot from the point and the puck squirted over a beseiged Kidd and skidded across the Calgary goal line.

Calgary, outshot 33-25, got a pair of goals from Corey Millen and relied on Kidd for the latter half of the game.

Alexei Yashin, with his 20th goal of the season and 200th NHL career point, also scored for the Senators.

A crowd of 13,306 at the Corel Centre roared with frustration as Kidd thwarted a host of point-blank Ottawa scoring chances in the third period, when Ottawa outshot Calgary 14-4.

Kidd also helped hold the Senators scoreless during six power plays. Calgary was 0-3 with the man advantage.

Calgary rookie Jarome Iginla hit the crossbar behind Ottawa's Damian Rhodes in overtime, the only scoring chance for either team in the extra period.

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