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Flames Force Game 7

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.

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Sharks Change Like The Weather

from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,

Last week when our beloved Los Tiburones visited here for Games 3 and 4 of their playoff series with the Calgary Flames, the air was 55-degrees but often sunny and spring-like. Now it’s tundra-like. There’s nearly a foot of snow on the ground. The temperature? Low teens. I’m glad I brought my wool beanie.

It is fine hockey weather, for sure. But it is also fine metaphor weather. Because, yes, the climate of this series also has changed dramatically over the past seven days.

A week ago tonight, you might recall, the Sharks rolled back to their team hotel in a dark cloud. They were trailing in the series, two games to one - after blowing a three-goal lead for the first time in franchise playoff history.

After that horrific Game 3, the Sharks locker room was a stew of cliches that, frankly, provoked a lot of eye-rolling among cynical media types. Including me.

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Flames Still Believe

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.”

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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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The Call Of Thornton’s Goal

fromm the Mercury News,

They played him alongside Russ Hodges. That’s saying a lot.

OK, so it was hyperbole and some humor from KNBR’s Gary Radnich on Wednesday morning. But Randy Hahn’s TV call of Joe Thornton’s game-winning goal Tuesday night is destined to become part of the Sharks soundtrack, particularly if the goal leads to a playoff run that at last won’t disappoint fans.

“HE SCORES! HE SCORES! HE SCORES!” Simple. And, no, it’s no “The Giants win the pennant!” But it packed some deep-seated emotion.

“It’s raw, it’s primal,” Hahn told us Wednesday. “It just comes from inside you. And in that moment, you know what, it comes especially on the road for me.”

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Watch and hear Hahn’s call…

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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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Thornton Delivers

from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,

Thornton was planted in front of the Calgary net, taking a royal Canadian pounding from a passel of guys in red Flames jerseys. Sharks defenseman Douglas Murray launched a gorgeously on-target shot from up top. Thornton then used his trademark stick control to perfectly deflect the puck past goalie Miikka Kiprusoff.

Suddenly, the enormous Pengrowth Saddledome went silent. You could almost hear the flaming gas jets in the rafters, the ones that regularly shoot out big bursts of fire, click off the way they do on your home barbecue.

Sharks 3, Calgary 2. Prescription filled.

And it couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy in the process of overcoming a largely unfair reputation as a playoff non-dominator.

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Evening Line

via the CBC 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs Blog,

Thornton, San Jose’s leading goal scorer and point producer in the regular season, has only three assists and the questions were whether the Flames have done anything special to defend him.

“No, they’re just tight checking,” Thornton said after the morning skate. “They take away your time and space, so you have to make your space. They’re tight on you, they make sure you have no room.

“That’s how you play hockey.”

Curiously, Thornton is coming off a two-assist performance, but knows his play will be closely compared to Jarome Iginla’s.

“When you’re down 2-1, everybody can do more and I have to do more to help this team win,” Thornton said. “I have to have a big game tonight.”

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Which Sharks Team Shows Up?

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

There was talk about who might start in goal for Calgary (San Jose Sharks’ coach Ron Wilson cast his vote for Mike Vernon). There was talk about Evgeni Nabokov’s post-game observation Sunday — that some of the Sharks’ “boys” are going to have to become “men” (Wilson again: “Maybe he meant the singing group.”)

Mostly though, the focus on the visiting Sharks was on which version of the team would show up for tonight’s fourth game of their best-of-seven Western Conference first-round playoff series against the Flames. The one that finished with the best record in the NHL over the final third of the season? Or the one that spectacularly flamed out in each of the past two playoffs.

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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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