The Vancouver Canucks are in Calgary to face the Flames Sunday night in Game 3 of the Western Conference Quarter-Final and all focus is on this being the first playoff game at the Scotiabank Saddledome since April 27, 2009.
The wait is over and the Saddledome will be rocking come puck drop as both teams try to take a 2-1 series lead.
The Canucks got a feel for the ice this morning as all but Kevin Bieksa and Alex Edler skated; both are game-time decisions, but are expected to play.
Coach Willie Desjardins said getting through the first 10 minutes of the game is important for his club, adding that it’s also always important to get through the first 10 minutes intact.
Desjardins and the Canucks aren’t afraid of the ‘C of Red.’
“Calgary has good fans and it’s going to be exciting and I think the building will be going and both teams will be ready,” said Desjardins. “I think every period you’ve got to come out ready because if you get one, that can stand up for a long time in any series.”KEEP IT SIMPLE
“Our emotions are riding high, but at the same time it’s a new game.”
Luca Sbisa knows some of the ending of Game 2 is bound to carry over to Game 3. Leaving that win in the rear view mirror is the challenge now and the Canucks are talking the talk in advance of Game 3.
“We’ve got to take it one game at a time, that’s important in the playoffs and we’re ready for tonight. They’re going to be really amped up with their first playoff home game in a few years, I’ve heard a lot of things about this building in the playoffs.
“We’ve not going to change much, we’ve played well,” added Brad Richardson. “We had a let-up for 10 minutes in the first game, but besides that we’re playing the way we want to.”
There’s always room for improvement and Richardson stressed winning the little battles, as cliché as it is.
“It is cliché, but it’s definitely true,” laughed the forward. “Those little things are usually what it comes down to: a blocked shot here or maybe a penalty that goes the wrong way. We know what we have to do and we’re not changing much.”BACK AT THE DOME
Henrik and Daniel Sedin are the only two current Canucks who faced the Flames in the 2004 Western Conference Quarter-Final, so they know what to expect from the fans Sunday.
Remaining focused is the task at hand.
“It’s a loud building and there’s a lot of emotions, it might be easy for us to get away from our game plan, so we have to stay focused,” said Henrik, adding that he’s not worried about the Flames flying out of the gates.
“Whenever you play at home, you tend to come out a little bit harder and go out of your way to get some hits, but if they do, it should play to our advantage.”