SAN JOSE -- The Calgary Flames have the San Jose Sharks where they want then heading into Game 2 of their first round Stanley Cup Playoff series. They have them down a game. But they know, too, that the Sharks wil be raring to go at the HP Pavilion when the puck drops on tonight's match-up.
The Sharks, heavily favoured by the experts, plan to go hard from the first whistle and get plenty of traffic in front of Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff. It will be the duty of the Flames defence to clear a path. "It's our job to make sure he sees the shots," noted Dion Phaneuf, who scored in Game 1 on the power play.
San Jose hasn't gone into panic mode or anything. This series will likely be a long one.
"We have to win four of seven games," said Sharks coach Ron Wilson. "We don't have to win four in a row."
Fair enough. But the odds are better than 80 per cent that the team losing the first two games of a series will indeed be eliminated, which is why the Flames will be ready to go tonight, too.
"We expect them to come out with authority tonight. We realize the situation they are in. We want to be ready for it. Part of the preparation is knowing what the other team's situation is," said Calgary coach Mike Keenan.