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Flames revved up heading into Game 3

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

The Calgary Flames know they have to be a more disciplined team out on the ice come Tuesday for Game 3 against Detroit. But don't think the team is worried; if anything they're excited to get back in it and turn the series around.

By Miranda Baker

The Calgary Flames shook off back-to-back losses in Detroit and have returned home not the least bit worried.

After not one, but two, disappointing losses in the opening games against the Detroit Red Wings in the best-of-seven series, the Flames returned to the Pengrowth Saddledome Monday to an over eager media scrum.

But they weren't about to be rattled by questions of what went wrong, what they think they can do better and what's to come if they don't pull up their socks.

All they're focused on is Game 3, which goes Tuesday at the Pengrowth Saddledome. The first two games are behind them, and it's just a matter of taking it one game at a time. A strategy they've used successfully in the past.

"We're over it. If you're not over it, you can't move forward, so those are over and obviously it's playoff time and the next game is the biggest," commented defenceman Rhett Warrener.

"I think we'll see a lot better team in the next couple games. We have to play playoff hockey and as of recently, we haven't done that."

As a matter of fact, they're quite excited heading into Game 3 according to Matthew Lombardi, who seemed pretty at ease following Monday's optional skate.

"We're excited," said Lombardi. "We know what the situation is, but we're going to be excited, have a lot of energy, and I think it's a good challenge for us."

Captain Jarome Iginla agrees and although he's disappointed with his play as of recently, he's looking forward to getting the team back into it and revving up the fans for a series he's sure the Flames can turn around.

"It's about getting some momentum and getting our team back in the series," added Iginla.

"We don't expect it to be an easy game or for Detroit to play any differently, but it's something we're looking forward to. It's playoffs at home, playing in front of our crowd, our building and a chance to get ourselves going here."

And with the leagues best home record, no wonder the team is excited to get rolling in the a series that has taken an early dive. Thirty wins at the Pengrowth Saddledome is bound to get the boys fired up and give them that little confidence boost they need.

"I know our guys and I know that we want to win. Nobody's happy with what's going on. We've lost two games and haven't been nearly as good enough in them. We know that," said Iginla.

"Now it's about winning that one game, getting our fans into it and starting to build something and that's going to be Game 3."

Notes: In two games, Iginla has been kept off the scoresheet and has only managed to tally two shots on net...Netminder Miikka Kiprusoff, on the other hand, has stood on his head time and time again facing 51 shots Sunday and 97 overall in the series...Alex Tanguay scored the lone goal in Thursday's loss, while Dion Phaneuf tallied his own in Sunday's match up...Tuesday's game starts at 8:00 p.m. MT at the Pengrowth Saddledome and will be broadcast on The Fan 960 and CBC.


The Series Schedule and Results

Thu, April 12 5:00 p.m.
Detroit 4 Calgary 1
Sun, April 15 11:00 a.m.
Detroit 3 Calgary 1
Tue, April 17 8:00 p.m.
at Calgary (CBC, VERSUS)
Thu, April 19 8:00 p.m.
at Calgary (CBC, VERSUS)
*Sat, April 21 1:00 p.m.
at Detroit (NBC, CBC)
*Sun, April 22 TBD
at Calgary (CBC, VERSUS)
*Tue, April 24 TBD
at Detroit (CBC, VERSUS)
*if necessary
-- All times Mountain

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