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Flames Motto - “The Time Is Now”

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.

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Flames Still Confident

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.”

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Kiprusoff Claims Interference On OT Havlat Goal

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.”

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Keenan Delivers Message For Game 2

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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Cheap Shot Or Not?  Cammalleri On Havlat

Mike Cammalleri delivers a right forearm/elbow to the head of Martin Havlat.

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Kiprusoff Is The Key

from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,

Miikka Kiprusoff has to make a difference.

He needs to be the difference.

Incapable of shutting down the Chicago Blackhawks offence in the regular season, the Calgary Flames defence has an even bigger hole that could be exposed with Robyn Regehr out of the lineup a couple more weeks.

Even Regehr had trouble containing some of the speedy Hawks forwards as the Flames dropped all four games to the up-and-coming Original Six squad that has given new life to the Windy City this winter.

That means Kiprusoff can expect to be tested.

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How Will The Blackhawks React?

from Neil Hayes of the Chicago Sun-Times,

How the precocious Hawks respond to the expected bullying will punctuate a season that has rekindled Chicago’s passion for its Original Six franchise.

‘‘We don’t know any different,’’ second-year winger Adam Burish said with a grin. ‘‘We don’t know what we’re supposed to do, how we are supposed to feel or how we’re supposed to act. We act like we think we should and have fun with it.’‘

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Flames Slowly Getting Healthy

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

After playing the final two games of the regular season with only 15 skaters, three short of the NHL maximum, the Calgary Flames had a cast of thousands out for Tuesday’s final day of practice, prior to the start of their first-round playoff series against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Altogether, 31 players skated including Mark Giordano, out recovering from shoulder surgery, who left before the contact drills and isn’t close to returning. Robyn Regehr, out with a suspected medial collateral ligament tear, was nowhere to be seen. Another defenceman Cory Sarich, recovering from a suspected broken ankle, skated on his own at 8 a.m. and is not scheduled to play in Wednesday night’s opening game.

As a result, the defence pairs for the opener figure to be Dion Phaneuf-Jordan Leopold; Adrian Aucoin-Adam Pardy; and Jim Vandermeer-Anders Eriksson. Eriksson rejoined the team today after clearing re-entry waivers.

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Flames Prepared For The Noise In Chicago

from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,

By the time anthem singer launches into the “oh, say does that Star-Spangled Banner yet wa-a-ve . . .” bit on Thursday night, the vast wall of sound will be rising up, moving outward, like a massive rogue wave at sea, bent on levelling anything in its path.

Eardrums might burst. Floorboards will shudder.

And any old-timers at the United Center, those familiar with the long out-of-date, completely out-of-this-world old barn that once stood across the way, those who remember, will dab nostalgically at moistened eyes.

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Flames Trying To Bring Back Eriksson

via Vicki Hall of Flames Insider,

Not surprisingly, the Calgary Flames have placed Anders Eriksson on re-entry waivers in an attempt to bolster their injury-battered defence.

The question remains whether another team will put in a claim just to deny the Flames his services in the first round against Chicago.

Coach Mike Keenan said last week that such a move would violate the unwritten code among NHL executives, but anything is possible.

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