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Flames-Hawks Game 2 Primer

by Peter Zuurbier / Calgary Flames

Regular Season
Iginla 82 35 54 89
Cammalleri 81 39 43 82
Jokinen 76 29 28 57

Record: 46-30-6
Season Series: 0-3-1


Season Series: 4-0-0


Regular Season
Havlat 81 29 48 77
Kane 80 25 45 70
Toews 82 34 35 69

Flames @ Hawks 7:00 p.m. MT
United Center, Chicago, Il
  TV:TSN, Radio: The Fan 960
Hawks lead series 1-0


In anticipation of Game 2 against Chicago, the Flames need to incorporate a bit of selective amnesia to their preparation. While the team let an opportunity to steal the first game pass them by, they need to focus on the large portion of the game in which they did play their style of game, and contained the speedy Blackhawks team effectively.

''We threw a lot at them early, did a lot of good things skating, hitting and shooting, and dominated them for most of the game with lots of scoring chances," captain Jarome Iginla told the Chicago Sun-Times. "We still have lots of energy in our legs, and there's still plenty of good hockey to be played."

"We started the way we wanted to start a road game,'' agreed head coach Mike Keenan. ''We just couldn't sustain the energy, and then they gained some momentum in the third period."

The Flames cannot help but be optimistic despite being down a game in the series; the team that came out for Game 1 was far different than the team that had played Chicago during the regular season. The group brought intensity, effort, and focus from the opening puck-drop Thursday, unfortunately they eased up in the latter portion of the game and allowed Chicago to remain close, and eventually snatch victory from the Flames.

"We were hard on them all night. We play our best when we're going forward," Curtis Glencross told the Calgary Herald. "I think we took it to them for the first 45 minutes of the game. We pushed a few of their smaller players out of the game. We have to keep that going."

"If we take the same approach into (tonight's) game, then we should be OK," agreed Daymond Langkow. "Overall, we can feel pretty good. Obviously, you don't feel good about the loss, but it's one game. . . it's the playoffs, a long series."

Game 2 is also only one game, but statistically it is a much more crucial game than its predecessor. The winner of Game 2 has gone 381-150 (71.8 percent) of the series as opposed to Game 1 winners, who are 367-164 (69.1 percent). Teams that win Game 2 after losing Game 1 have gone 127-113 (52.9 percent).

If Calgary loses tonight in the second city, the Blackhawks will be up 2-0 and that will mean big trouble for the Flames. Teams leading a series 2-0 have gone 254-37 (87.2 percent)

For the Flames to be successful in Game 2 they need to bring a consistent 60-minute effort. The Flames proved they can keep up with the Hawks, but in trying to do so, at the end of the game they veered from playing the grinding, punishing style that frustrated Chicago early. The team is aware they need to bring a steady, persistent effort to get the win.

''We know we're going to play much better tonight and go home with the games 1-1,'' Miikka Kiprusoff told the Chicago Sun-Times.

The United Centre is going to be even more rocking than it was Thursday night, and the Hawks have an opportunity to steal all the momentum and send the Flames home on their heels. Taking Game 2 means going back to the 'Dome with a split, a split that Chicago will then have to accomplish if they want the series to last.


For the Flames…


Mike Cammalleri was fired up and full of emotion for his first postseason game. His fervor brought mixed results though, as Cammalleri was sufficiently perturbed by Martin Havlat to give him a cheap shot to the head while the two were lined up against each other early in the third period, resulting in a poorly-timed two minute trip to the penalty box.

Fortunately the winger sought absolution for his sin by scoring the Flames' second goal off a beautiful feed from Langkow on a two-on-one break.

While the energy Cammalleri brought to the game Thusday was outstanding, he will need to focus it properly going forward to be as effective a weapon as possible for the Flames.

For the Hawks...


With all the hoopla surrounding the Hawks' young stars, one player who may have flown under the radar going into the series was Martin Havlat. After his two goal performance in Game 1, Havlat can be assured that he will be a subject of the Flames' full attention going forward.

Besides an excellent offensive showing, Havlat also managed to get under the skin of Flames forward Mike Cammalleri, who took a swipe at Havlat during a face-off and narrowly avoided a suspension for his troubles.

Havlat is an unrestricted free agent following the playoffs, and may find himself with significantly deeper pockets this summer if he continues his strong play.


Thursday's defeat 12 seconds into the extra frame was the third fastest in NHL history... The Flames have traditionally had bad luck with quick OT lossess, the fastest OT goal was scored against Calgary by Montreal's Brian Skrudland nine seconds into OT in 1986... Dion Phaneuf led all Flames in ice-time with 24:59, Duncan Keith led the Hawks with 27:03... The Flames power-play woes continue, they are now 0 for 46 in 11 games... Mike Cammalleri avoided any further discipline for his actions against Martin Havlat early in the third period of Game 1.


The Flames suffered a disapointing Game 1 loss to the Hawks Thursday night. Despite leading 1-0 and 2-1 in the game, two goals from Martin Havlat, including the winner 12 seconds into overtime. Final score: 3-2 Blackhawks, who lead the series 1-0.

"We had good powerplays with pucks going to the net and tips and almosts, so we look forward to that breaking here, soon...I'd be lying to you if I didn't say I have that feeling the next one's going in. "

-Flames forward Mike Cammalleri, in the Calgary Sun

"A couple of times they ran Kiprusoff over early in the game... It's a good plan. If you get away with it. And so far they have.''

- Flames head coach Mike Keenan, in the Calgary Herald

"They came at us really hard off the start and I thought we weathered a lot of that."

- Hawks defenseman Brian Campbell in the Chicago Tribune


D Cory Sarich (lower body), D Rhett Warrener (Shoulder), D Robyn Regehr (lower body), F Wayne Primeau (foot), D Mark Giordano (upper body) are all hurt. The closest to returning is Sarich. The Flames recalled goalie Matt Keetley from Quad City (AHL) Thursday.

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