With Game 6 on the horizon, the Flames are looking to cast aside the disappointment of Game 5 and direct their focus squarely on avoiding elimination. Though Saturday night's loss lingers, the group to a man are not prepared to end their season just yet.
"We don't want it to be over and we don't believe it will be over, we believe were gonna come home here and win that game, and force Game 7, right now it's just Game 6 and nobody wants it to be over," said Jarome Iginla.
"There's a lot of us that just want to play more hockey, so we've just got to have that desire shine through," agreed Cory
The group still stings from their performance in Chicago Saturday night, and know that simply being at the Saddledome will not suffice; they know they must come out with a level of energy commensurate with the energy put forth by their fans.
"We didn't play well at all, we didn't even show up and that's unacceptable so we've got a chance to redeem ourselves tonight and get back in the series, and that's what we plan to do." said Eric Nystrom. "Just because you're playing at home doesn't mean you can just put your skates on and win a hockey game, you've still got to do all the little things right, and that's what we're going to do tonight."
The Flames found themselves behind the eight-ball early in Game 5 after Chicago managed three goals in under two minutes, yet the team is confident it can deal with similar adversity should they face it Monday in Game 6.
"On the bench it still feels like at any point in the game that anything could really happen. Leads have changed hands... we feel like we can really come back," said Mike Cammalleri.
"When we're playing the way we can we don't give up much. We just seem to throw stuff on net and create some dirty ones," agreed Adrian Aucoin.
Injuries have burdened the Flames throughout the series, someone has gone down in almost each game so far, but with the season on the line, the Flames know they will need all hands on deck.
"Our (team) all year has been a resilient group, we've had guys go down and other guys step in and are able to step up in place of injuries. I think (Game 6) will be the same thing. If somebody happens to go down we need somebody to step up and we've got the personnel that we should be able to do that," said Adam Pardy.
"It's been a physical series and we do have depth and we talked about it all year and we need it now... You can't control those issues so you deal with it and we get past this, we know we're getting some big guys back too... there's no time for excuses," agreed Iginla.
The team took two in a row from the Hawks in Games 3 & 4, but that seems like a lifetime ago after their performance in Game 5. The team has had little time to regroup, but they are trying to keep things simple in order to extend their season.
"We just came off of two wins, now we need two more," said Cammalleri.
"Six periods of hockey and they're all going to have to be solid," said Cory Sarich. "You just get ready and go... you just keep battling through it."
The battle resumes tonight, 7:30 puckdrop at the Saddledome (TSN, The Fan 960).