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Game 3 Primer

by Peter Zuurbier / Calgary Flames
FLAMES LEADING SCORERS

Postseason
Player
GP
G
A
P
Cammalleri 2 1 1 2
Iginla 2 1 1 2
Moss 2 1 0 1

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

vs.

Record:
46-24-12
Season Series: 4-0-0

HAWKS LEADING SCORERS

Postseason
Player
GP
G
A
P
Toews 2 2 1 3
Barker 2 1 2 3
Havlat 2 2 0 2

GAME 3
Flames @ Hawks 7:30 p.m. MT
Pengrowth Saddledome, Calgary, AB
  TV:TSN, Radio: The Fan 960
Hawks lead series 2-0

The Flames met with the media today after a spirited practice. As Game 3 approaches, no one is more aware of what is at stake than the team, who remain confident they can get back into the series with a big win tonight. Here are some notable quotables from this morning:

"We need some guys to step up and start scoring some goals. If we can muster up 40-45 shots there's a good chance we're gonna get two-three-four- goals. We've got to make sure we're in that mindset and shooting from anywhere and everywhere." -- Todd Bertuzzi

"It's gonna be pretty special. I think it would be a lot of fun to be a Flame tonight." -- Mike Cammalleri

We do really believe we can come back and win this... When we've done certain things, we've stayed physical, we've gotten shots, we've been aggressive we've gotten really good results." -- Jarome Iginla

"We looked yesterday, we saw what we did well. It's a fine line. It's just getting pucks in, finishing checks, working hard, and not creating turnovers." -- Craig Conroy

"The key for us is to play a 60-minute game, come out have a big start. We're at home, we have great fans here."--Dion Phanuef


GAME 3 MATCH-UP

The Flames return home aware they let two solid opportunities pass them by. Regardless, the team remains undeterred, focused on Game 3, and confident the series has a ways to go yet. The team suffered from the same affliction through the first two games of the series, they could not manage a full effort for 60 minutes, and the aggressive Chicago team took advantage of their lackadaisical play.

Captain Jarome Iginla knows the team has to keep the pedal to the floor through all three periods.

"They're pushing back, we've got to find a way to respond... both teams are going to push, it's going to go back and forth. We've got to find ways, when they have a big push, to weather that and get back at em," said Iginla. "Unfortunately in both games we haven't showed enough composure, enough push back."

Despite their season-long frustration with the Blackhawks, the Flames know they have yet to offer up their best effort, a source of frustration, but also encouragement as they refuse to be downtrodden about the series thus far.

"The first period yesterday was probably the best period we've played, maybe in this year," said Iginla. "We've come out and we've played really well... Unfortunately when they've started to get some momentum back their way, we haven't responded well enough."

The team does not want to dwell on the last two games, but they are uniform in agreement that more consistency is absolutely essential against the resilient Blackhawks.

"We have to concentrate on what we have to do, and that's go out and play 60 minutes. If we had played 60 minutes for the first two games, we'd probably have two wins. But that's not the case, now we're down 2-0 and we need to go forward in Game 3," said Jordan Leopold.

"We felt like in both games we played pretty good, but we have to put in a full 60 like we did last night in the first," agreed Olli Jokinen. "Our focus is to win the next game. We showed in the last two games that we can beat that team."

"Whether you win or lose you have to move forward, you don't have a lot of time to dwelll over it. Are we happy about the outcome in Chicago, no. Did we learn from it, yes, and do we move forward, yes," said Dion Phaneuf. "Right now our focus is Game 3. That's all we're focused on in our room."

Playing at home with the passionate 'Dome crowd behind them should benefit the Flames as they try to get back in the series. The players know they need to feed off the crowd's energy in a similar fashion to their opponents, who were spurred on by an electric United Centre crowd in Chicago.

"It's going to be very important for us early, and for the whole game to maintain that physical side... having the home crowd behind us with their emotions and intensity is gonna be great. We've got to come out early and give em a reason to get excited," said Jarome Iginla, who knows it's up to the veterans on the team to direct the energy properly.

"It's emotional, it's intense times, it's the playoffs... as veterans on the team that's when we got to want the puck, and we've got to got down and play in their zone, and we've got to take that hit."

The team knows Chicago will not simply lie down for their two road games, and that the Hawks will display the same resiliency that brought them success in Games 1 & 2.

"I don't think they've been playing the level they're capable to play, they're going to play better, that's for sure," said Jokinen.

When the team hits the ice Monday night (7:30 pm, TSN, The Fan 960), they know the time will be upon them to perform to the absolute best of their abilities.

"It's playoff hockey, it's do or die time. We're back at home now and whatever you need to do for your team you've got to be able to do," said Leopold.


KEY PLAYERS

For the Flames…

 
Jokinen
 

During his first two playoff games Olli Jokinen has played strong, smart hockey. Besides being energetic and responsible defeensively, his seven shots are second on the team, and he has come close to reclaiming the form he enjoyed upon first being traded to the Flames.

Now down 0-2, the Flames season has reached a crucial point, and the process of acclamation cannot go on any longer. The Flames need Jokinen to convert some of his chances and along with Jarome Iginla, charge the top line head-first into Monday night's battle

Jokinen has the volume turned up to 10, but he needs to dig a bit deeper, and get it up to 11.

For the Hawks...

 
Kane
 

An apparent part of the Flames strategy for a good portion of the first two games involved trying to get into the face, and under the skin of Patrick Kane.

The other member of the Hawks young dynamic duo has been attended to by Rene Bourque, Dion Phaneuf, and Eric Nystrom among other so far. The Flames physical treatment of Kane was effective until he slipped away to feed Patrick Sharp for Chicago's second goal.

His partner Toews caught fire Saturday night, and Kane began heating up himself, the Flames will need to continue to contain Kane if they want to even the series up.


NOTEWORTHY

Jarome Iginla's first period goal snapped a power-play drought that had done 0 for 46 in the previous 11 games... It was also Iginla's first goal this season against the Blackhawks... Corey Sarich did not play in the third period Saturday, he is listed as day-to-day and will try for the morning skate Monday... Jordan Leopold leads all players with six penalty minutes so far in the series.

PREVIOUS GAME


The Flames suffered a frustrating Game 2 loss to the Hawks Saturday night. The team took a 2-0 lead into the second period, but Chicago responded with three goals in the second, including two by Hawks captain Jonathan Toews. Final score: 3-2 Blackhawks, who lead the series 2-0.
QUOTABLES

"You've gotta win whether you're at home or on the road."

- Flames defenseman Dion Phaneuf

"In the second period we relaxed a little bit with the 2-0 lead. We should go out there and try to get that three goal lead, and then four goal lead... We gave them that game."

-Flames forward Olli Jokinen

"This was the same as the last game.''

- Hawks captain Jonathan Toews in the Chicago Sun-Times.
ROSTER MOVES

D Cory Sarich is day-to-day. D Rhett Warrener (Shoulder), D Robyn Regehr (lower body), F Wayne Primeau (foot), and D Mark Giordano (upper body) are all hurt.

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