CALGARY -- Calgary Flames coach Bob Hartley wants his team to step back and enjoy the situation in advance of Game 6 of the Western Conference First Round series against the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday (9 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).
With a chance to earn a bid into the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in 11 years and eliminate the Canucks in the process, Hartley stressed the significance of his players relishing the moment.
"That has been our mindset since day one of training camp; that's our culture," he said. "We're asking a lot from all of us in this organization, but at the same time it's a game. It's a game and we earned the right to play this game tonight so let's enjoy it.
"I know lots of my friends that would pay big money to be behind the bench instead of me and I know lots of players that would pay big money to be in my players' skates tonight. It's us and while we're there we have a job to do, but at the same time let's enjoy it."