The view from Calgary

Give credit to the Calgary Flames. The Flames had just suffered a three-goal loss to the Kings five days earlier, and this was arguably a weaker Calgary team than the one the Kings faced on Saturday. The Flames regained the services of defenseman Scott Hannan but didn’t have leading goal scorer Curtis Glencross. The Flames haven’t been very good on the road either, but they played a gritty, ugly — in the best sense of the word — game and got some very timely stops from goalie Miikka Kiprusoff. In the Sutter Bowl, it’s now Darryl with three points and Brent with two, and one game remains in the series. Here’s how the Calgary Herald and the Calgary Sun covered last night’s game, followed by some additional postgame quotes from the Flames’ locker room…

Flames play like road warriors in SO win over Kings (Calgary Herald)

Flames edge Kings in shootout (Calgary Sun)


(on the game…) “Our effort was really good in San Jose and it was good here tonight. We certainly needed to come here with the mindset and carry on the way we played in San Jose, and not drop that at all and make sure the bar is where it needs to be. The effort was there. We played hard. … They’re going to get opportunities but (Miikka Kiprusoff) stood tall. We were able to find a way and that’s what you need to do. We played well, we did a lot of good things again, and again it was a game where you had to get into the trenches and compete. Both teams did that here tonight. Again, it was a heck of a game.’’


(on the game…) “It was a gritty game. They played well defensively, especially after the first period. We only had a few shots. We just stayed with it. I thought in the middle of the first, they just started getting some momentum there and I thought we did a good job of staying with it and not getting flustered and not letting them get more than one. They had a very good first and we only came out of that down one. I thought was (a) boost. We kind of got back in it from there.’’

(on his goal…) “It was a power play. They broke their stick and at that point I thought Olli (Jokinen) and (Michael Cammalleri) did a nice job of settling it down and we were just kind of looking to work the guy without a stick on that side. It happened to be me. I got it a couple of times. … I’m just trying to shoot it hard in an area and fortunately it went in.’’

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