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from the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs Blog at CBC,
“The most consistent effort, as opposed to complete effort,” said Flames head coach Mike Keenan. “We’ve had some good efforts, but consistency has hurt us a little bit, but that was the most consistent performance we’ve had to this point.
“We have the opportunity to play Game 7 and we’re looking forward to that opportunity. Hopefully we can used our experience and use our composure to play consistently well in San Jose.”
Now the onus is on San Jose to put away a Flames team that was seventh in the conference, well back of their No.-2 seeding.
from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,
Miikka Kiprusoff’s lucrative contract extension doesn’t kick in until next season.
The Calgary Flames could sure use an advance performance worthy of that salary.
As in tonight.
Or else this season is kaput.
Trailing three games to two, the Flames are down to their last life as they head into tonight’s Game 6 in their best-of-seven series with the San Jose Sharks.
from the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs Blog at CBC,
“Unfortunately we didn’t get it done tonight, but we’re going to do more of the same and go re-group and just get ready for Game 6,” Iginla said. “We really believe we can get Game 6 and we come back here for Game 7.”
While the Flames continue to search for production from the likes of Kristian Huselius, Alex Tanguay, Craig Conroy and Matthew Lombardi, the Sharks seem to be rolling because more of its second-tier players have stepped forward.
“I don’t know how much scoring depth we have, we’re a little bit top heavy at times,” said Sharks coach Ron Wilson. “Scoring comes and goes, you have to be a little bit lucky. Goal scoring is about being patient, being the right spot and being in the play. It’s not being in a hurry to get somewhere.”
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Mike Keenan – God love him – hates that tired old cliché that’s generally trotted out whenever an NHL playoff series is tied at two games apiece – that it’s now a best-of-three and may the best team win.
As far as Keenan concerned, on the morning of the fifth game of the Calgary Flames-San Jose Sharks, it’s a best-of-one. Only tonight’s game against matters; it’s the only one on his mind – and he hopes it’s the only one on his players’ minds as well.
“I would prefer to have the group playoff ready for (tonight’s) game,” replied Keenan, when asked the best-of-three question.
Calgary Flames assistant coach Rich Preston and Flames captain Jarome Iginla got into a very heated argument during a video session this morning.
The argument was based on a disagreement between coach and captain over coverage in game four last night.
Flames coach Mike Keenan acknowledges the argument took place and admits it was heated but says Iginla later apologized and the two were put into a room together to settle their differences. ‘‘All brothers scrap,’’ Keenan joked. ‘‘However, that doesn’t mean then don’t care for each other, in fact it’ the opposite,’’ he told TSN.ca.
They “care for each other”? This mellow, ‘kinder, gentler’ version of Iron Mike is hard to get used to…
Update 5:33pm ET: More on Flames frustrations from Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail.
via The Pensblog, we stumbled across this video today. Miikka Kiprusoff’s got himself a fan… or a future stalker.
from the National Post,
“If we kept the foot on the gas and kept pushing the pace, it may be a different story,” San Jose centre Patrick Marleau said. “We sat back and they came at us.”
read on for more on the Sharks and Flames. Plus, attention Mike Babcock: study those words carefully!
from Eric Francis at Best of Seven,
First question I had for the coach after the game was who his starting goaltender would be Game 4.
“I thought you might ask to start a controversy,” was his opener.
“We’ll have to wait and see.”
Guess who is starting a controversy Mikey? You and only you.
If indeed there is a one in a million chance you’re actually thinking about starting Game 3 replacement Curtis Joseph instead of Miikka Kiprusoff I assure you you are the only one in North America who thinks it would be wise.
The correct answer would have been: Miikka.
Instead, you risk further infuriating one of the game’s premiere netminders who is the only reason the Flames have a shot at pulling off an upset over San Jose.
“I don’t know how many lessons we have to learn,” murmurred a disgusted Evgeni Nabokov. “Maybe it’s good that we got this out of the way early in the series. We have to rebound. We have to show poise. We have to turn it around.”
And that chronic reputation the Sharks have for pulling the chute when the going gets tough?
“It takes men to change that,” he answered with chilling accuracy.
“Some of our boys are going to have to become men.”
more by George Johnson of the Calgary Herald…
from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,
On a Sunday night that will live in franchise infamy, the Sharks repeated their familiar and lousy act of playoffs past. They wasted away their excellence. Again. They didn’t respond well to a physical challenge. Again.
And they are halfway to an early playoff exit. Again.
“We got off to a fantastic start,” Joe Thornton said, “but we just didn’t really play well from then on in.”
They didn’t really play well?
Here’s a better phrase: They totally and completely blew it.
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