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Flames Need To Raise Their Game

from the CP via the Globe and Mail,

Mike Keenan appealed to his players’ pride and captain Jarome Iginla called on teammates to prove the Flames have the depth to stave off elimination from the NHL playoffs despite their injuries….

After the game, Keenan blamed himself for not preparing his team better and Iginla, with one shot on net, called his own performance “terrible.”

Keenan shifted the burden of responsibility to his players Sunday.

“The team should be prepared to respond to any situation that arises,” Keenan said. “Be prepared to play to their level of ability and the expectations we have of them and more importantly what they have of themselves.”

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Flames Did Not Show Up

from Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald,

Calgary’s hockey heroes were scheduled to fly home in the wee hours of Sunday morning to a restless city bursting with questions.

Like how could captain Jarome Iginla go missing in the most important game of the season with no shots and no hits through the crucial opening 20 minutes? And how could a team built around defence abandon goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff with no explanation?

How could Cory Sarich take an undisciplined penalty to lead to the first Chicago goal by Brent Seabrook? How could the fourth line of David Moss, Dustin Boyd, and Warren Peters account for the only Calgary goal? What happened to the big names — such as Michael Cammalleri, Olli Jokinen and Dion Phaneuf — in such a crucial outing?

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The Health Of The Flames

from Scott Cruickshank of Flames Insider,

Craig Conroy, Daymond Langkow and Rene Bourque are all in tonight.

The three injured Flames skated this morning at the United Center and pronounced themselves fit enough for Game 5 at the United Center, even if coach Mike Keenan, in full playoff coach-speak mode, wasn’t definitively giving his blessing (all the better to throw those wily Hawks off their game and keep ‘em guessing, one would assume).

“They are game-time decisions, but I SUSPECT they’ll will be there,’’ Keenan said at his morning media availability.

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Beware Of The Fired-Up Iginla

from Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald,

“Was I fired up? Yeah I was fired up,” the captain said. “I still think I’m fired up, and I think all of our guys are fired up as far as wanting to win this series.”

But the captain said he is fuelled by the chance to take a 3-2 lead in the series—not a chance to silence incessant trash talk.

“In our dressing room, we do whatever it takes within as close to the rules as we can to win,” he said.

“That’s what it’s about. You get out there, and you know that every team in the playoffs wants the same thing. We’re definitely very hungry for it.”

As for his flash of rage in Game 3?

“It’s part of competing,” he said. “Sometimes, sure, there are moments when you don’t act with the best control.

“But the identify of our team is to be very aggressive, to a man, each guy, to compete and find that balance with your emotions.”

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Blackhawks Plan To Be More Physical Tonight

from Jeff Blair of the Globe and Mail,

Adam Burish had one question Friday: If the Calgary Flames have started to pound as much playoff sense as everybody says they have into the callow Chicago Blackhawks, how come it was the Flames who lost players in Game 4?

And as for the notion the Blackhawks’ yappiness had somehow spurred Jarome Iginla to play like . . . well, to play like one of the best players in the NHL? (“The best in the world,” according to Burish.) Watch the eyes roll.

“Why would he be ticked off?” Burish asked Friday, after the Blackhawks practised at the United Center before Saturday’s fifth game of their best-of-seven Western Conference quarter-final series. “I mean, you think [Iginla] needs to get up for the playoffs? What did he get? A power-play goal and an empty-netter. I saw the same guy.”

Almost every NHL playoff series relies on the same old underlying storylines to be put in context: goaltending, experience against youth, redemption, officiating, the contest between “grit” (that’s the only time the word appears in this column, I swear) and finesse.

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Andre Roy Suspended For One Game

TORONTO (April 23, 2009) - Calgary Flames’ forward Andre Roy has been suspended for one game and fined $2,500 (the maximum allowed under the CBA) as a result of an incident in the pregame warm-up last night when he initiated contact with Chicago Blackhawks’ defenseman Aaron Johnson.

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No ‘Stop Yapping’ Memo

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

The war of words between the Calgary Flames and the Chicago Blackhawks has caught plenty of attention around the NHL.

But not to the point the league has fired off a memo to all parties involved to cease and desist.

A published report stated the NHL’s senior executive vice-president of hockey operations, Colin Campbell, sent a letter to both teams to curb the on-ice chirping and post-whistle scrums.

Only problem, it didn’t happen.

“I did NOT send one,” Campbell replied yesterday in an e-mail.

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Has Chicago ” Bitten Off More Than They Can Chew”?

from Peter Zuurbie of CalgaryFlames.com,

The Hawks may have made the biggest mistake of their season. In losing their composure at the end of Game 3, the Blackhawks continually instigated the Flames, and specifically captain Jarome Iginla. While the inexperienced Hawks team may have been trying to throw Iginla off his game, they may have accomplished the exact opposite. Standing strong behind their fired-up captain, the Flames seem to have regained their swagger.

“He’s not a guy you want to light a fire under… that guy’s got a scary look when he gets mad and I wouldn’t want to be on the other team facing off against him,” said a defiant Nystrom, who believes his opponents have bitten off more than they can chew.

“The only thing they can do is verbally abuse that guy because you’re not going to physically intimidate him… He’s not afraid of anybody, he’s willing to take anybody on so, if they just want to talk and not back it up, only Iggy’s gonna get stronger.”

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Afternoon Line

Funny how the Flames are accusing the Hawks of trash talking. At least that’s happening on the ice and would have stayed there if not for broadcaster Pierre McGuire playing Peeping Tom between the benches and reporting it for Canadian television.

Many Hawks don’t think McGuire likes them anyway.

-Tim Sassone of Between The Circles.  More from Tim on the Calgary/Chicago series.

Just a note Tim, we here in the States heard it too, Versus picked-up the TSN broadcast.

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Stop The Yapping

from Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald,

Colin Campbell, the chief disciplinarian for the National Hockey League, issued a reminder Tuesday for players to follow the rules when it comes to trash talk.

Or, in other words, shut up, put a hockey sock in it or risk a penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct.

If the participants follow orders, the on-ice volume should dip dramatically in the West-ern Conference quarter-final between the Chicago Blackhawks and Calgary Flames.

“They want to limit the talking,” said Adam Burish, one of the chief orators for the Blackhawks.

“I don’t know if we hurt their feelings or what it might have been.

“I guess they don’t like that we’re talking to them on the ice.”

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