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Keenan With Another Playoff Loss

via Jeff Gordon of the Hockey Guy at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Here is a shocker: Mike Keenan has once failed horribly with a big budget team, amid great hype.

The yesteryear coaching legend had led still another franchise to epic disappointment. This time it is the Calgary Flames – a team that Darryl Sutter retooled to meet Iron Mike’s specifications.

The Flames caught a first-round cab against the upstart Blackhawks, coached by Old Friend Joel Quenneville.

The bald-headed despot ran off skilled players, played goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff into the ice and then got outcoached when the games mattered. Nice work!

Given the high expectations in Calgary, this exit will not go over well. Knowing Keenan, he will probably try and end-around by going to ownership to get more control, at the expense of GM Darryl Sutter.

Perhaps Sutter will try to save himself by cashiering Keenan, who is a tactically incompetent coach whose motivational tactics quit working ages ago — when top players gained lifetime security with multi-million-dollar deals.

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Change Needed In Calgary

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

What next, Mr. Sutter?

One thing is evident on the heels of the Calgary Flames latest first-round defeat: It’s time to make changes.

With the coaching staff.

With the personnel.

With the identity.

The man atop the totem pole, GM Darryl Sutter, can make all the assertions he wants this season was done in by injuries.

A betting man says he will.

But that’s only part of the puzzle that’s become as scrambled as the one you get from the box Christmas morning from your aunt.

continued

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Flames Fade

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

All the months of preparation; all the trades; all the dollars spent on salary — all in vain once again for the Calgary Flames, whose season ended in familiar fashion last night.

Only once in the past 20 years have the Flames advanced past the first round, and their prolonged postseason drought continued again this spring.

The Flames had no answers last night for a Chicago Blackhawks team that outclassed them in all areas of the game — physical play, special teams, discipline, energy and finishing ability. The net result: A 4-1 Blackhawks’ win, which gave the visitors from Chicago the best-of-seven Western Conference quarter-final series by a margin of 4-2.

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Chicago Blackhawks Advance To The Western Conference Semi-Finals

Chicago took a very early two goal lead and basically skated with the Flames the rest of the way.

Chicago scores into an empty net late in the game, final score 4-1.

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Phaneuf Out

from CalgaryFlames.com,

Dion Phaneuf did not take part in the morning skate and head coach Mike Keenan erased all questions about the status of the blueliner for tonight’s contest.

“No, he will not,” was Keenan’s response when asked if Phaneuf would play. “He’s not available. And his status is day-to-day.”

Phaneuf’s teammates expressed their concern about his possible absence but remained positive that they could handle the 24-year-old’s workload.

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Flames Looking At Another Early Round Exit

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Be it tonight at home or Wednesday in Chicago, the Flames appear destined for their fourth-straight, first-round exit.

As easily predicted by their late-season disintegration and injuries woes, the Flames are once again on the brink, having nothing left to show for an otherwise solid NHL regular season.

Credit the Blackhawks for taking it to the Flames in Game 5 with an awesome display of controlled aggression, skill and poise far beyond their years.

Shame on the veteran Flames for coming out flat and failing to come up with an emotional response to the beatdown.

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A Fight Can’t Change Momentum

from Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star,

First, we had the case of Pittsburgh’s Maxime Talbot starting a fight with Philadelphia goon Daniel Carcillo on Saturday afternoon.

According to almost everybody at Hockey Night In Canada, the fact that Talbot started a fight knowing he was going to be clobbered somehow inspired his teammates to overcome a 3-0 deficit and win the series.

Though analyst Gary Galley first said the fistic defeat would probably spell the end for Pittsburgh, he later agreed with his colleagues that Talbot’s impression of a punching bag had indeed changed the course of the game….

But here’s where the confusion comes in. That evening, the Blackhawks jumped out to a 5-1 second-period lead over the Flames.

They were dominating the Flames the way the Flyers had dominated the Penguins in the early going. Amazingly, Calgary defenceman Adam Pardy went on a Talbot-like suicide mission and attacked Chicago tough guy Ben Eager. The results were the same as Talbot’s strategic gem, a one-sided defeat – with one exception. The Flames didn’t score another goal and are now on the verge of elimination.

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Will The Flames Be Ready Tonight?

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

After the debacle and with the memory of his most stinging playoff defeat yet still fresh in his memory, Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla assessed the game this way.

“As a group, we were terrible,” he said, “and there’s no excuse for it.”

Iginla then put himself atop the list of players who failed to produce in Saturday’s 5-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks, a game he suggested would be a “great eye-opener” for the Flames.

“We didn’t come out ready,” Iginla said. “We’ll be ready [tonight].”

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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.”

read on

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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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