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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.”
from Neil Hayes of the Chicago Sun-Times,
If Keenan wants to know why the Hawks are engaging in less-than-gentlemanly tactics, he should consider the pushing and shoving his team is doing after the whistle. The halos he has placed above his players’ heads have been dented and tarnished in the first three games. Bourque was penalized for slashing three times in Game 3 and could’ve been called for more.
‘‘At the end [of the game], we said enough is enough,’’ Hawks captain Jonathan Toews said. ‘‘We were down two goals. It’s out of line to go out there and hurt anybody, but the message was we’re not going to take it anymore.’‘
from the CP via TSN,
The Blackhawks seem to have made it their mission to harry and harass Flames captain Jarome Iginla. TSN commentator Pierre McGuire, whose perch is between the players’ benches, repeated his commentary Tuesday saying he’d never seen a star player like Iginla take as much verbal abuse as the Calgary captain has this series.
“This has been going on incessantly since Game 1 and it hasn’t stopped,” McGuire said. “That’s why Jarome at the end of the game, went off.”
But Iginla insists it was the cross-check to Bourque and not any of the Blackhawks crossing the line in their insults and taunts.
“There wasn’t any one thing as far as verbal that got to me,” the Flames captain insisted. “I can take that. Verbal abuse is nothing. Trash talking is fine.”
from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles at the Chicago Daily-Herald,
Flames coach Mike Keenan wants Adam Burish suspended for what happened near the end of Monday’s game in the altercation with Rene Bourque.
“I’m disappointed they weren’t given a match penalty for deliberate attempt to injure,” Keenan said. “A cross-check to the face where Burish broke his stick over his face. He suffered an injury because of that cross-check to the face. I have no idea how the referees could miss it. It was blatant.”
It’s beautiful how poor Mike claims his player is a victim when the Flames have been allowed to get away with one cross-check after another after whistles when goalie Miikka Kiprusoff makes a save.
added 7:33am, watch Keenan’s post-game press conference below…
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Their fans will be partying outside the Pengrowth Saddledome, where a series of Jarome Iginla and Miikka Kiprusoff impersonators – decked out in the home red jerseys of the Calgary Flames – will be getting fuelled up in the ‘Get Red Zone’ in advance of tonight’s third game of the Western Conference quarter-final.
The key, from the real players, inside the dressing room, will be to give those spectators something to celebrate.
The Flames go into tonight’s must-win game against the Chicago Blackhawks knowing the road back into a series in which they trail by two games is a long one.
from Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald,
One by one, the Calgary Flames subjected themselves to public psychoanalysis in the bowels of Pengrowth Saddledome.
“You can’t ever have that defeatist attitude, or you’re done,” said Flames centre Craig Conroy. “You’ve got to believe.”
The Flames returned home in the wee hours of Sunday morning to a city of non-believers—or, at the very least, doubters—after losing the first two games of their best-of seven Western Conference quarter-final at United Center against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Blackhawks goalie Nikolai Khabibulin, a longtime Calgary nemesis, seemed as impenetrable as ever. With their early dominance, Chicago captain Jonathan Toews and sidekick Patrick Kane have already given Calgary supporters painful flashbacks to the time Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier wore Edmonton Oilers jerseys.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail (Monday edition),
The mood was, in a word, defiant — probably a good thing for the Calgary Flames.
Down 2-0 in their Western Conference playoff series to the Chicago Blackhawks and facing long statistical odds to get back in the series, the Flames players rhymed off the many reasons for optimism yesterday, some of them even plausible.
The games have been close, the difference between the two teams comparatively small. There were none of the glassy-eyed stares to be found in the Flames’ dressing room, none of the helpless expressions that accompany a team that knows it is hopelessly overmatched in a series.
from Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald,
Dropped into a slippery series hole, frustrated by otherworldly netminding, playoff light growing ever dimmer, Michael Cammalleri insisted he isn’t depressed.
He feels…well . . . fortunate. Blessed even.
“Our mindset is—we better thank our lucky stars that we’re good enough to beat anybody, even down two-oh,” Cammalleri said Saturday after the Calgary Flames fell 3-2—again—to the Chicago Blackhawks in the National Hockey League’s first-round series. “We’re not a team that’s going to get buried. We’ve made it hard on ourselves. We would have liked for that not to have happened . . . but thank goodness this group is confident enough to beat anybody.
“We’ve got five games left—we have to get four wins.”
from Stuart Shea at NHL.com,
The Calgary Flames cried foul.
Goalie Miikka Kiprusoff maintained after the Chicago Blackhawks’ 3-2 overtime win Thursday night that he was interfered with on Martin Havlat’s game-winning goal. Calgary coach Mike Keenan said there was no doubt that Hawks forward Andrew Ladd impeded his netminder.
“I believe it was Ladd who did not try to stop his movement toward the net, and that’s goaltender interference,” Keenan said. “However, the officials saw it different or didn’t make the call because of the excitement of overtime.”
continued and watch the goal below…
from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles,
Flames coach Mike Keenan wasn’t screaming or yelling after Thursday’s 3-2 loss to the Hawks in Game 1, even though he felt Andrew Ladd interfered with goalie Miikka Kiprusoff on Martin Havlat’s winning goal 12 seconds into overtime.
Keenan was doing what he does best, subtly sending a message to the NHL that he wants his goalie protected while also warning the Hawks that Nikolai Khabibulin better keep his head up in Game 2 on Saturday.
“There will be a debate about goaltender interference,” Keenan said. “A couple times they had run Kiprusoff over earlier in the game. It’s certainly part of their game plan. It’s a good plan if you can get away with it, and so far they have.”
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