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from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
They couldn’t do it last year at home against Anaheim and they definitely couldn’t have done it in Detroit, where the Flames were made to look uglier than the city.
Oh sure they put in a gusty effort last night—a showing that did them, the city and the fans proud.
But in the end their admirable refusal to die made for a more heartbreaking end to a frustrating season.
That said, a win would only have made the Game 7 loss harder.
from Mark Moore of the Toronto Star,
Some people think violence occurs because hockey is an intense emotional game, but now is the time when the inaccuracy of such explanations is most clear.
At playoff time, games are all-important, team discipline is absolute and acting out frustration against the interests of the team is simply not tolerated. The violence we see, therefore, is largely a deliberate tactic.
from the Tennessean,
Owner Craig Leipold said Sunday the Predators have not decided whether to invoke a clause in their lease that could force the city to decide whether to pay for thousands of tickets at the end of next season or give the team a way out of its lease.
Leipold told The Tennessean the NHL team averaged about 13,500 in paid attendance for home games this season, which allows them to put the city on notice for next season….
One reason the Predators might invoke the clause is that beginning next season, the NHL is requiring teams to reach 13,200 in paid attendance to qualify for the league’s full revenue-sharing package. Teams must average at least 14,000 in paid attendance in 2008-09 to qualify for full revenue-sharing benefits.
from Darren Dreger of TSN,
There’s no doubt that Kiprusoff will be a priority in terms of signing him to a longer term deal, but are whispers out there that the Flames may entertain the concept of trading Iginla as early as this summer. Maybe there’s need for a chemistry shakeup in Calgary and there is no question that if a player like Iginla might be available, there will be an awfully lot of potential suitors.
Finally a road team wins. Franzen with the goal in 2OT.
If Vancouver wins tomorrow, Wings will play San Jose at home on Thursday or Friday.
If Dallas Wins, Wings will play the Stars, again either Thursday or Friday at home.
OK, who is still around?
Will it end in 2OT?
St. Louis: 31:35
Tampa Bay gave it all, but the Devils move on.
Eastern Conference Semi-Finals are set:
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Playfair said he wanted his team to channel the emotion they showed at the end of Game 5 in a more positive manner.
“All that stuff has got to be strictly brought into the first period and restructured into competitiveness,” said Playfair, “where we keep sticks down on the ice and we’re doing things right – getting pucks behind their defence and getting to their goaltender. That is what it is. That’s the competitive spirit of the players.
“If you look around the playoffs, that’s not an infrequent deal at the end of games like that. The most important thing is to realize, that’s not winning hockey games. Bringing that energy to the game in the right manner gives you a better chance.”
via Darren Dreger at TSN,
The National Hockey League has delivered a message to the Calgary Flames.
Sources say Jamie McLennan has been suspended for five games for his slash on Detroit’s Johan Franzen in Game 5 of the Western Conference quarter-finals.
McLennan’s slash was part of an undisciplined display from Calgary that included a Daymond Langkow uppercut to the face of Brett Lebda following a Lebda hip-check, along with a Jarome Iginla butt-end, leading to a late game crosscheck on Red Wings veteran Mathieu Schneider.
Brett Lebda will not play tonight for Detroit because of injury. Lebda is said to be suffering “headaches.”
added 2:31pm, Playfair fined $25K and the organization $100K, per NBC broadcast.
added 2:32pm, NHL Release
On the NBC pre-game chat, Brett Hull & Ray Ferraro pointed to the top of the Flames organization today. Both mentioned it was a classless display last night and called for the NHL to suspend those who deserve a suspension and also make the Flames open the checkbook. This type of play is not what the NHL wants and they need to let the Calgary Flames organization know that.
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