Calgary head coach Jim Playfair was not a happy camper following Thursday's game.
"We lost. I'm not happy at all," declared Playfair after the Flames dropped a 4-1 decision in Game 1 of their first round playoff series with Detroit.
"The mindset ouf our team has to be more urgent. It's really important to get the first goal. They got on pucks first and they wanted to compete. It's playoff hockey and it is about being competing. They were a lot more competitive tonight," said Playfair.
The Flames were outshot 46-20. Playfair was particularly unhappy that 19 of those shots came from the Detroit d-men.
Late in the third period Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff
was hit just outside the crease after making a save by a charging Dan Cleary. Brad Stuart immediately reacted and jumped on the Red Wing forward.
"It's something you can't accept and we didn't," said Stuart, one of the stronger Flames in this game.
Moss heads home
Flames rookie David Moss knows the Joe. He grew up about 15 minutes outside of Detroit in Livonia and grew up cheering for the Red Wings and attending games at Joe Louis Arena.
But he wasn't cheering for the Wings Thursday.
"It's your team but going in this time, it's a different story. I grew up there my while life and now going back, it's great," said Moss, listing Steve Yzerman, the former Red Wings captain and current vice-president of the Wings as his idol growing up.
With plenty of family in the area, Moss still plans on staying focussed at the task at hand, defeating the Red Wings.
"There will be a lot of family there but you have to block that out and not be too nervous. Being excited is okay, nervous isn't. They understand it is playoff time and that you have to be 100 per cent committed to the team. I might have some time after games to see them but there will be plenty of time to visit when the season is over."
Moss is hoping that's later than sooner.
Regehr is skating
The Calgary Flames were without Robyn Regehr, normally a thorn in the side of Detroit star Pavel Datsyuk. The big defenceman, out with a lower body injury, did skate in Detroit on Thursday and there is a train of thought that he will return for Sunday's matinee at the Joe Louis Arena.
Ouch. The Wings outshot the Flames 21-5 in the second period. Calgary goalie Miikka Kiprusoff was outstanding making many big saves to keep this from being a blowout.
He robbed Toma Holmstrom early in the period with a great glove save and then outwaited Pavel Datsyuk's backhand just a minute later.
Datsyuk, however, did solve Kiprusoff at 6:56 with a nifty little deke off the rush. For Datsyuk, it was his first goal in 27 playoff games.
Hull and Grapes like the Flames
CBC commentator Don Cherry is picking the Flames to win the series over Detroit. Unless, of course, the referees play a factor.
"Detroit, if they get a 'sweetie' referee, then Calgary is done.
If he starts calling phantom calls, Calgary doesn't have a chance," said Cherry, who will do some broadcast work on NBC this weekend with former Red Wing Brett Hull.
Hull, a member of the Wings when the Flames downed them in Round 2 in 2004, also likes the Flames over the long haul.
"I can tell you right now, Calgary's game plan is to come out and run them through the boards, hit every guy you see, anybody in the winged wheel is going to get hit," said Hull.
"They have to hit back and push back. When they're in the offensive zone, they have to go to the dangerous spots to score goals.
If they think they're going to beat Calgary by not going into those dangerous areas and just playing on the perimeter, they're crazy. They've got to prove that they're going to go to the rough areas in the offensive zone and use their skill in those areas to score."
Added Hull: "I think if there's a team that reminds me of Edmonton of last year, it's Calgary. I don't understand their difficulties on the road, but they're unbeatable at home.
If they can steal one from any team on the road, which I think they can, if there's one team that has home-ice advantage in the NHL it's the Calgary Flames. It's just an intimidating building to go into, even to watch you get a little intimidated. I think the Detroit Red Wings better be very careful. This team has big, rugged, skilled defensemen and a good goalie. When you have that combination, anything can happen."
This and That
Calgary general manager Darryl Sutter is with the team but he is also watching prospects in the Ontario Hockey League and planned to visit the Flames top farm club, the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights before returning for Game 2 of the series in Detroit on Sunday....Gametime Sunday is 11 a.m. MT and will be broadcast on CBC television and The Fan 960 radio...The Flames scratches were F Darren McCarty, F Eric Godard, F Jeff Friesen and D Mark Giordano along with the injured Robyn Regehr.