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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.”

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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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The Health Of The Flames

from Scott Cruickshank of Flames Insider,

Craig Conroy, Daymond Langkow and Rene Bourque are all in tonight.

The three injured Flames skated this morning at the United Center and pronounced themselves fit enough for Game 5 at the United Center, even if coach Mike Keenan, in full playoff coach-speak mode, wasn’t definitively giving his blessing (all the better to throw those wily Hawks off their game and keep ‘em guessing, one would assume).

“They are game-time decisions, but I SUSPECT they’ll will be there,’’ Keenan said at his morning media availability.

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Beware Of The Fired-Up Iginla

from Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald,

“Was I fired up? Yeah I was fired up,” the captain said. “I still think I’m fired up, and I think all of our guys are fired up as far as wanting to win this series.”

But the captain said he is fuelled by the chance to take a 3-2 lead in the series—not a chance to silence incessant trash talk.

“In our dressing room, we do whatever it takes within as close to the rules as we can to win,” he said.

“That’s what it’s about. You get out there, and you know that every team in the playoffs wants the same thing. We’re definitely very hungry for it.”

As for his flash of rage in Game 3?

“It’s part of competing,” he said. “Sometimes, sure, there are moments when you don’t act with the best control.

“But the identify of our team is to be very aggressive, to a man, each guy, to compete and find that balance with your emotions.”

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