1/25/97 -- 2:02 AM

Flames-Senators


KANATA, Ontario (AP) - The game sheet showed no goals, no assists, no penalties and only two shots on goal for Shawn McEachern.

But the Ottawa Senators couldn't stop talking about the speedy forward from Waltham, Mass., who played his third NHL game Friday night after missing 17 games with a broken jaw.

The Senators overcame a two-goal deficit to tied the Calgary Flames 2-2, getting the tying goal from Daniel Alfredsson with 29.7 seconds remaining in regulation.

Alexei Yashin, who recorded eight shots on goal, had started the comeback late in the second period.

Yet it was the play of McEachern which caught Senators coach Jacques Martin's eye.

``I thought McEachern played really well,'' said Martin. ``He had great speed and he fed Yashin the puck really well.''

The injury-riddled Senators need every body they can get and McEachern's return, along with that of center Radek Bonk, bodes well for the Senators' thin - if not yet lost - playoff hopes.

Ottawa, with five points in its last four games, peppered Flames goalie Trevor Kidd with 26 shots over the final two periods, outshooting Calgary 33-24 overall.

And while Yashin and flashy Russian rookie Sergei Zholtok dominated the postgame stats, the Senators to a man cited McEachern as the glue that held the line together.

``When he was injured I hoped when he came back we would play together,'' said Yashin, whose goal was his 20th of the year and his 200th career point.

``We created lots of scoring chances.''

Added captain Randy Cunneyworth: ``We're going to be relying on those two quite a bit. They are very solid players when they're on their game.''

McEachern, who had 24 goals and 29 assists last season in Boston, has jut three goals and nine points with the Senators. His drought continued Friday, despite his nifty backhand move on a breakaway that ended with the puck bouncing harmlessly off the crossbar behind Kidd.

Corey Millen scored both Calgary goals.

Both the Flames and the Senators continue to entertain playoff hopes despite 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's tie, have a 17-25-6 record. The Senators are 14-22-9.

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

Ottawa was held scoreless in six power plays while the Flames were 0-for-3.

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