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Finishing Strong

by Jeff Clemens / Calgary Flames

A disappointing stretch has ended the Flames hard fight for the last playoff spot in the West after a close game in Vancouver on Saturday night.

After weeks of fighting for their lives the Flames now have two games left to finish the season on a positive note.

Despite the setback the Flames are still working hard and are using this time as a chance to regroup and improve on issues before the end of the season.

“It’s not an easy week. A lot of time off and time to think about it and watch other teams get to play some intense meaningful standing games,” said forward Jarome Iginla.

“It’s tough not to be in those but we have to be professional and just keep working on our game as a team.”

Using these games as a chance to play as a team and keep winning was a common theme for many of the players who were disappointed but still looking forward to winning in their last two home games.

“This is our job, we have to show some pride,” said forward Olli Jokinen.

“We still have two more games to go we can’t stop playing now.”

This drive to win despite their disappointment shows the players commitment to every game and their dedication to the sport of hockey.

“We just gotta prepared for those games, we want to play with some pride,” said forward Tom Kostopoulos.

“We’re putting on the Calgary Flames jersey and we want to show our fans that we have some pride and that we don’t feel sorry for ourselves. We’ve got a job and we want to try to win both games.”

The fans were a common topic when the players were asked about these final games and the players all echoed the sentiment of wanting to put on a good show for the home crowd.

With games against divisional rival Vancouver and conference rival Anaheim it is sure to be an exciting end to a season that is over just a bit too soon.

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