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Don’t Count Out The Flames

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

It will be an upset for the Flames to again knock out the Sharks, especially when you consider how they finished the season in a middling manner.

But don’t count them out just yet, Keenan said.

“We’ll draw from our experiences this season and our playoff experience in the past to be ready.”

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50 For Iggy

from the CP via the Calgary Sun,

Jarome Iginla scored his 50th goal of the season Saturday to lead Calgary to a 7-1 victory over the sagging Vancouver Canucks and boost the Flames’ confidence before the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Iginla, who also had two assists for a career high 98-point season, counted at 12:35 of the third period on a give-and-go with Eric Nystrom. He had been seeking the 50th goal for five games.

Watch #50 as called by Jim Hughson of CBC…

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Flames May Have Favorable First Round Series

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Losers of seven of their last 12 and three of their last four, the Flames had to count on Edmonton to clinch Calgary a playoff spot in what is admittedly the toughest division in the toughest conference.

So much for learning from last year’s playoff abomination and building momentum heading into the spring dance.

That said, as the Flames limp into tonight’s regular-season finale in Vancouver, there is a silver lining in the dark clouds hovering over Mike Keenan’s crew.

The Flames have a winning record this year against both possible first round opponents—San Jose and Minnesota.

In other words, as poor as the Flames have been of late, they will have a chance at a first-round upset.

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Conference Call Transcript: Mike Keenan

Today, the NHL’s Public Relations Department provided Calgary Flames head coach Mike Keenan for media teleconference. The Flames currently have 92 points and reside at 7th seed in the Western Conference.  They trail Minnesota in the NW Division by three points and are one point the behind Colorado with one game in hand.

Here’s the transcript from the media’s Q&A time with ‘Iron Mike.’


Q. There’s so much parity in the league and so much has to be decided in the last five days here. Do you have any sort of theory on why it’s so close? We have seen it now in three straight years since the lockout. I have my own theory, it may have to do with the shootout point, but go ahead and answer that.

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Don’t Even Call Them Hockey Fans

from the Calgary Sun,

The early Sunday morning beating of an Oilers jersey-clad Andrew Parker on 4 St. S.W. by who he described as four or five men wearing Flames sweaters is being investigated by city police.

Flames boss Ken King said if it’s true, the team would immediately disown such fans.

“We have no interest in having any fans who’d even think of doing such a thing,” said King while on his way to Edmonton to attend tonight’s Flames-Oilers game.

“I’d be happy to invite them back and refund their jersey money and not be associated with them or have them in our building or at any other event.”

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Flames Building For The Future Too

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Yes, the Oil leads the league with 12 double-digit goal scorers, despite icing 16 players under age 26.

But simply put, the Flames are the envy of the NHL in terms of building blocks for the future.

Defying conventional wisdom that suggested the salary cap era would prohibit clubs from collecting superstars as used to be the case with the old New York Rangers or Detroit Red Wings, Darryl Sutter has four of the league’s very best locked up for the next six years.

With the game’s best leader (Jarome Iginla), most complete and feared defenceman (Dion Phaneuf), a Vezina-winning goalie (Miikka Kiprusoff) and one of the top stay-at-home defenders (Robyn Regehr) all inked to lengthy extensions this year, the Flames are essentially guaranteed to avoid the type of sorry season the Oilers had last year.

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Flames Should Be Working With Huselius

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

For all of his flaws—some real and some imagined by his detractors—Huselius is still arguably the most gifted offensive player on Calgary’s roster.

His passing skills are rivalled only by Alex Tanguay’s, but he’s much more willing to shoot the puck in scoring areas, so that makes Huselius very dangerous in the offensive zone, especially on the powerplay.

He’s more than capable of scoring that big goal at the right time, which is a big deal come playoff time.

As for those who say he disappears when the games get more physical, they’re dead wrong.

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Huselius Has Been There Before

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

At the tail end of a brief interview following yesterday’s practice, Kristian Huselius was asked if he’d dealt with being a healthy scratch before.

“I did in Florida,” said Huselius, before adding a telling kicker as he walked away to abruptly cut short his first comments on the benching: “with him, so…”

“Him” being coach Mike Keenan, the man who relegated the healthy winger to the press box Tuesday as part of their latest clash in philosophies.

Back in 2003, when the two last worked together, Huselius was, by several accounts, a regular target of the demanding coach despite reaching the 20-goal mark in each of his first two NHL seasons.

Stories of Keenan loudly berating young Huselius for soft or indifferent play still circulate around Miami’s tiny hockey circles.

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Is Phaneuf Norris Worthy

from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Calgary Herald,

And it begs the question whether the precocious 22-year-old should now be mentioned along with the Nick Lidstroms and Chris Prongers as a candidate for the Norris. As a human highlight reel leading Calgary to first place during the past two weeks, it’s getting harder to argue that Phaneuf’s time isn’t now. He eats up ice time and has the knack of being his most competitive in the big games. He has won the enmity of opposing players for his nasty side.

It comes down to your idea of how complete a defenceman needs to be to qualify.

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added 10:49am, more on the Norris race at the Calgary Herald…

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Three Are The Key For Flames

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

When Calgary wins, the formula for success is as simple 1-2-3.

1. Kiprusoff outplays the goalie at the other end of the rink. When he’s engaged, the Finn moves well, plays big, covers lots of net, and generally limits the bad goals that he allows to a manageable few.

2. Iginla, the perfect captain, rallies the troops, by word and deed, with a manner that is rare in today’s NHL. With the team touch-and-go just to make the playoffs, he has turned in a first-star performance in virtually every win they’ve had over the past two weeks.

3. Phaneuf.

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