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Calgary Ready To Wing It

From the Calgary Sun,

Despite a 3-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers last night in their regular-season home finale, the Flames had their playoff ticket punched for them. They clinched the spot thanks to the Nashville Predators, who beat the Colorado Avalanche earlier in the night. Still, nobody cared about backing into the playoffs. "We put ourselves in this situation and deserve to be where we are," said centre Matthew Lombardi. "We worked hard all season. "We came out strong, guys had good energy and we were excited in the room. We played well the first half of the game, we'll take that out of it and we'll move on to the next game."
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Lady Byng Material

from the Calgary Sun,

The extra work has paid huge dividends for Huselius and the Flames. Heading into tonight’s crucial game in San Jose, the left winger has obliterated his previous NHL career highs with 33 goals and 43 assists in 78 games.
Toss in the fact he’s been flagged with only 26 penalty minutes and it’s understandable why the Flames believe they have a legitimate Lady Byng Memorial Trophy.
The team will soon be handing out packages to the media stating his case.
“I’ve heard people talking about it but I don’t know what to say,” said the mild-mannered Huselius. “It’s an honour to be mentioned in that category.”

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Avs/Flames Meet Up

from the Calgary Sun,

“This is the game we’ve been waiting for all year,” said Tony Amonte yesterday after a spirited practice full of laughs.
“It’s nice to hold your own destiny in your hand.”
Since the foes last met in mid-March, the Avalanche have gone 6-0-1 to keep the pressure on the eighth seed.
The Flames have strung together six straight wins to go 6-2 in response.
Although this will be their first head-to-head battle in three weeks, it seems their names have been linked the entire time.
“We haven’t been playing against them a lot but it feels like we’ve been playing against them, fighting to get in playoff position,” said Amonte.

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Thinking Ahead

from the Calgary Sun,

The seventh or eighth seed is most likely for the Flames, who have four games remaining, which means they could start their drive for the Stanley Cup in Detroit, Nashville or Anaheim.
Those three teams are scrapping it out for the top spot in the west as well as the Presidents’ Trophy for the league’s best record.
“I would say I would want to play against Nashville if I were Calgary,” said TSN and NBC analyst Pierre McGuire, impressed by the way the Flames have returned to their gritty style down the stretch.
“I think an overall hitting game would probably be the kind of game Nashville wouldn’t be overly comfortable with even though they’re not a shy team.
“I see a team that’s really starting to come together. I see a team that’s playing more of a resilient road game. If they play their mean-spirited Calgary Flames type of game, which they’re starting to get back to—in a good way, not a bad way—I see them being able to win.”

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The Important Faceoffs

from the Calgary Herald,

But these days — with the grass greening, with the nerves tingling, with the consequences soaring — you’d better lean on that stick. Hard.
“Oh yeah,” says Stephane Yelle, who’s taken — and won — his fair share of springtime faceoffs. “Everything’s amplified now.”
In case the point is still unclear, the Calgary Flames pivot spells out the ramifications of playoff dot-duty. Seven months of honest toil can come down to a single pressure-packed flick of the wrists — yours.
“A big draw in your own end? It can mean the end of it,” says Yelle. “Or a big draw in the offensive zone? Maybe you get a goal and move on.”

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All Conroy

from David Amber at ESPN,

In this week’s Facing Off, the Flames spark plug tells us what it’s like to get beat up by Jarome Iginla, what role he played in nearly getting Rory Fitzpatrick sent to the All-Star Game and how he helped put Clarkson University on the hockey map.
Q: Most veterans don’t have to room with anyone on the road, but since you got traded midseason, do you have to?
A: No, I’m solo. No one wants to room with me anyway, I talk too much. They won’t get any sleep. The guys let me eat with them and then I go back to my room and watch TV by myself [laughs].
Q: What do you watch?
A: I am a reality television junkie. I watch every reality show out there. I’ve just started watching the new one where they’re looking for the next Pussycat Doll. I can’t get enough. I don’t know what’s wrong with me [laughs].

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Hasek Flops

from the Calgary Sun,

Call this one a gift from one of the greats.
The Calgary Flames can thank Dominik Hasek’s tribute to Keanu Reeves last night for helping the hosts out of a tailspin that threatened their playoff chances….
While Hasek tried to defend his juvenile actions after the game by suggesting he was walloped by someone’s elbow as two players fought for goalmouth position, a furious coach Mike Babcock would have none of it.
“It wasn’t interference at all—our goalie tried to draw the penalty and he dove and they shot it in the net,” spat Babcock, who said he’s warned Hasek of such well-known hijinks in the past.

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Iginla Leads His Way

from the Calgary Sun,

Expect Iginla to give what he can on the ice—he’s certainly been their best player the last two games—but you can’t help but wonder if the time has come for him to raise his voice in the dressing room.
You know the idea: Provide a fire-and-brimstone speech, break sticks or scream and yell to ignite his team, which has a mere four-point edge on Colorado for eighth spot in the Western Conference chase.
Fans may think such a development isn’t in Iginla’s repertoire but he insists—even if he’s not planning to do it in the next couple of days—it could happen at some time.
“It’s not out of character,” Iginla insisted yesterday.
“The funny thing is, I’m not the quietest guy. I don’t walk around and just whisper at guys. We’re not scared to tell people things.”

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Flames Feeling Avs Heat

from the Calgary Sun,

This morning, a mere 18 sleeps later, the Avs are only four points back of the Flames with both teams having 10 games remaining.
The Flames are looking over their shoulders.
“Everybody’s written us off but that’s fine,” said centre Craig Conroy, one of a handful of players who practised yesterday. “You have bumps and hiccups (in a season) but who’s to say this isn’t it? This could be the point where it turns around and things start going great.
“It’s got to start Tuesday, though, because we can’t take any time off and can’t wait any longer because Colorado’s coming and we’ve put ourselves in this position.”

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Tanguay Has Had Enough

from the Montreal Gazette,

Tanguay’s lucrative deal, some Edmonton and national media suggested, led to inflation and priced Smyth out of the Oilers’ comfort zone.
That insinuation is more than Tanguay can stand.
“Ryan’s a great player,” Tanguay said. “Don’t get me wrong. I’d like to have him on my team. But what happened with the contract situation, I think it’s just unfortunate that I got dragged into it for no reason. I don’t see why the fans in Edmonton or anybody else in Canada would be mad at me because they couldn’t get Ryan Smyth signed. I don’t think it’s got anything to do with me.”

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