Returning to the Pengrowth Saddledome with a split in the series, the Calgary Flames were an upbeat crew at practice on Friday.
Rhett Warrener lightheartedly teased teammate Alex Tanguay
when he was being interviewed; cutting him off with yells and then telling the media they could stand on top of him if they needed more room.
“He’s got a lot of energy, that’s for sure,” laughed Tanguay after Warrener had settled down.
|Calgary Flames right wing Owen Nolan (11) is unable to score past San Jose Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov (20), of Kazakhstan, in the third period in Game 2 of an NHL hockey Western Conference playoff series, Thursday, April 10, 2008, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma) |
Tanguay addressed the issue of penalties and while he said the team wasn’t going to place any blame on the officials, he speculated on why the team kept taking penalty after penalty.
“We’re not going to blame the referees or anyone else for our actions. It was a little a frustrating at times, especially when Owen had the breakaway. We felt he was in the clear and in our minds he was clearly hooked and we got a little frustrated after that,” said Tanguay.
“It’s part of the game and we knew it was going to be a tough series. They’re an excellent hockey team, its 1-1 now. We felt we played pretty good in the first couple games and we’re going to have to carry that to Sunday.”
Tanguay noted that one positive thing that could be said about the multitude of calls against them was that the penalty killing was at its best. The Sharks were able to get 21 shots on the power play and only one made it by Kiprusoff.
“Our penalty kill has been better and better as the year went on and certainly was a big part of yesterday’s game,” said Tanguay.
“We feel good about our situation but you don’t want to give those talented guys too many opportunities on the power play because eventually they will find a way to put the puck in and we’ll try and rectify Sunday.”Miikka Kiprusoff
, who was peppered with 43 shots on Thursday night, said the Flames had put the loss behind them and looked forward to playing at home.
“It’s 0-0, a best of five series and we have home ice now.”
While the team was disappointed on the flight home, Jim Vandermeer said they were back to thinking positively.
“Guys were disappointed we didn’t get the win and the way we lost, we kind of beat ourselves. Once it set in when were coming home, we got the split, guys started getting back up and getting excited about the next game.”
The Flames fell to the Sharks Thursday night, taking six consecutive penalties in a row during the second period, succumbing to the pressure with only nine seconds left in the last penalty. Torrey Mitchell was able to bat in a loose puck, giving the Sharks a two goal lead.
The penalties caused an extremely lopsided period in terms of shots. At end of the second frame, San Jose had 27 shots compared to Calgary’s three. The amount of time spent on the penalty kill greatly hampered the Flames chances of generating much offense.