Calgary head coach Mike Keenan was happy with a 4-2 win in Game 3 of the the Flames best-of-seven series with Chicago, but upset that Hawks forward Adam Burish was not punished for a cross-check late in the game on Flames forward Rene Bourque.
“I’m disappointed that they weren’t given a match penalty for deliberate attempt to injure. A cross-check to the face where (Adam) Burish broke his stick over his face. He suffered an injury because of that cross-check to the face. We had a meeting, the managers and coaches about those types of tactics late in games. I have no idea how the referees could miss it. It was blatant and it was a cross-check to the face to the point where a man broke his stick over his face," said Keenan.
Keenan did not specify what the injury to Bourque was.
Overall, he was happy with the way his team responded, particularly after the Flames were scored on early when the Hawks capitalized on a power play.
"The teams on both sides have been really energetic to start games. The Blackhawks got some momentum because of the power play opportunity early, which they capitalized on. We had to work ourselves through that particular event in the game and got better as the game went on.”
The Flames, entering the game down 2-0 in the series, played a physical game and played it for 60 minutes in what, really, was a do or die situation.
“It was a playoff style of game and certainly the physicality of the game was at a heightened level. Somebody was asking me this morning about engaging in the physical part of the game and I think that was part of the approach for both teams tonight,” said Keenan.
The coach was also happy with the scoring -- the Flames had scored just two goals in both the previous games in Chicgao.
“There is always the results that may or may not influence a group. Our team was well-balanced and getting ready to play. I don’t know if you want to call it secondary or third level(scoring), it doesn’t matter," said Keenan.
"The people that put the puck in the net or those that don’t, it doesn’t matter where they come from. That’s playoff hockey and that’s what you will find makes the difference for your hockey club. Nystrom scoring as well as an example getting us started. It’s a big goal for him and the team.”
Eric Nystom opend the scoring, Bourque scored the Flames second goal, while David Moss
scored the third and fourth goals for the Flames.