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One Game At A Time

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.

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Taking a Time Out

From TSN:

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.

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  Tags: jarome+iginla, mike+keenan, rich+preston

Kipper’s Shadow

via The Pensblog, we stumbled across this video today.  Miikka Kiprusoff’s got himself a fan… or a future stalker.


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Morning Line

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!

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Flames Must Play Kiprusoff

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.

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  Tags: miikka+kiprusoff

Morning Line

“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…

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Old Sharks Show Up

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.

read on

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Game Changing Hit

from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,

In relief, the Flames turned to Curtis Joseph and right then it seemed as if this was going to be a long and painful evening for the Flames. Only it was Marleau who was left feeling the pain.

On a hit that changed the complexion of the game, not to mention Marleau’s, Sarich caught Marleau in his own end of the ice along the boards with his head down. It was a monster collision that brought the crowd alive and left Marleau dazed and bleeding.

“We were down 3-0 and I was just trying to make something happen,” said Sarich. “I hit him and followed through. They [the referees] called it right. I didn’t think it deserved a penalty.”

more

Watch the hit below…

added 8:11am, Sharkpage breaks down the Sarich hit…

 

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Good Luck Charm

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

“We’re like the Queen,” the San Jose Sharks’ Joe Thornton was saying. “We travel with our own toilet seat.”

OK, that probably needs some explanation. The Sharks moved into the visitor’s dressing room at the Pengrowth Saddledome Sunday morning, to continue their best-of-seven Western Conference playoff series against the Flames. The Sharks usually travel with all kinds of team-related paraphernalia. Draped just inside the entrance to the dressing room are replicas of their Pacific Division champion banners (from 2001-02 and 2003-04). There are personalized Shark skate mats for each player; every one of the four walls also has a This Is Sharks Playoff time posters. All make sense – sort of.

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Update 6:01pm ET: More from Duhatschek today on the Sharks/Flames series, including musings on Jarome Iginla’s “scoring slump”:

[On] Masters Sunday, Keenan invoked the spirit of Tiger Woods, noting how Iginla “reminds me of Tiger – a bogey on the first hole and then he’s going to birdie the rest of the 17. I’m looking forward to it.”

added 6:51pm, Why not- even more on the toilet seat from Working the Corners....

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  Tags: jarome+iginla, joe+thornton, mike+keenan

It’s Different In Canada

from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,

In San Jose, we enjoy hockey. In Canada, they metabolize hockey.

How best to explain it? Take the average amount of pro football interest in an American city. Multiply by three. Then stick an “I ♥ FACIAL STITCHES” bumper sticker on it.

That’s hockey in Canada.

Tonight is the first Sharks playoff game in this city since the 2004 Western Conference finals. My major off-ice memory of that series is how, while walking around downtown, every third or fourth person I saw was wearing a Flames jersey. It was preferred work attire. I was checked into my hotel room by Jarome Iginla. I exchanged my American money with bank teller Miikka Kiprusoff. And I was served a fast-food burger by Robyn Regehr.

Also, I could swear every cab driver I had was a Sutter brother.

read on

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