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Keeping Hope Alive

by Jeff Clemens / Calgary Flames

Despite the tough road ahead the Flames are still optimistic and ready to fight for their spot in the playoffs.

“We’re not out of this yet, we got four games left,” said head coach Brent Sutter.

“Obviously we need some help but if you can take care of your own business you never know what kind of help you may get, our preparation is to get ready for our next game.”

The Flames next game against Colorado on Friday will likely decide the playoff future for both teams. This is sure to make this game one of the hardest fought games of the season.

“Expect it to be a game that’s going to be intense and we have to prepare that way,” said Sutter.

“Our opponent we’re playing tomorrow night is in the same position we’re in, just with one less game and one more point than us. They’re still fighting for their lives and as are we so it’s gotta come within our room to make sure we step up to the standards expected right now.”

It has now come to a tough point in the season where the Flames are forced to scoreboard watch to see where their playoff chances stand. It’s San Jose that is likely going to provide the most help to Calgary.

“Let’s not kid ourselves, we’re the biggest fans of the Sharks right now,” said Sutter.

 “That said we still have to do our job and at the end of the day we’ve got to play up to the level we’ve got to be at.”

For the Flames it’s looking past what has happened in the past and going forward into what can be done in the future.

“You wake up with the mindset that it’s a big game and you want to give yourself a chance to get there,” said forward Matt Stajan. “We still have a chance, it’s not like we’re totally out of it. If we win hockey games, a couple games in succession, things change quick so we come with the mindset that it’s a save our season type game.”

With a strong fighting attitude the team is working towards the next game with a never say die attitude.

“You don’t just come to the rink and give up,” said Stajan. “For us we know that for us to have a chance we’ve gotta take care of our own games here and that’s our focus.”

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