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Flames hope to get Sarich back

Friday, 04.17.2009 / 3:54 PM / 2009 Playoffs Conference Quarterfinals

By Stuart Shea - Special to

-- Down one-game-to-none to the Chicago Blackhawks in their best-of-7 Western Conference Quarterfinals series, the Calgary Flames hope to steal Game 2 on Saturday night at United Center.

Calgary's defense was driven hard in Thursday's 3-2 overtime loss, and the team sure could use Cory Sarich back in the lineup. In 76 games this season, the 30-year-old defenseman posted a plus-12 rating, but he's been out since taking a slap shot off his right ankle March 30.

When asked about Sarich's availability for Saturday night, Flames coach Mike Keenan said, "I think every hockey player wants to play. The question is, 'Can he play?' He's day-to-day."

Keenan, notoriously taciturn with the media, said there were things about his club's performance on Thursday that pleased him.

"You can observe and watch and see that we shut them down pretty well for the first 30 minutes of the game," Keenan said. "I don't think they had a chance to score for the first 30 minutes."

Defenseman Jordan Leopold agreed that his club sagged a bit in the third period, saying, "We gave them a few opportunities in the latter half of the game. We need to take the positives from last night and bury the rest and move forward."

Mike Cammalleri, who scored one of Calgary's goals but also took a poor "retaliation" penalty in the third period, simply noted that "we have to start like we started...and finish like we started."
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We've got to find a way to win a game. He's played well in the minors, now he gets his opportunity. We tried [with Jonathan Bernier]. The way I look at it, you get opportunities and you make the most of it. That's what [James Reimer] did. Now another opportunity is here and Sparks ... you gotta grab it. Is he ready? We'll find out.

— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock to the Toronto Star on recalling goalie Garret Sparks from the AHL to start Monday in his NHL debut
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