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Playoff Notes: Plenty of connections between Flames and Red Wings

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames
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Flames-Red Wings Connection 1: The Flames' Darren McCarty played with the Red Wings from 1993-94 through 2003-04, winning three Stanley Cups with the club (1997, 1998 and 2002) reflected to reporters on his time in Detroit while on the Flames’ first visit to Motown this season: "It brings back a lot of memories . . . I know the first time I came back, it was like a dream, almost. It was so weird. The second time, it was a little bit easier. It's more nostalgia now . . . A couple of (Flames teammates) asked me where it was on the ice the first time I got to hold the Cup and who I got it from. That's the cool stuff to be able to talk about."

Flames-Red Wings Connection 2: Flames defenseman Robyn Regehr says his earliest Stanley Cup memory came as a six-year-old, watching (current Red Wings defenseman) Chris Chelios and the Canadiens win the Stanley Cup in 1986.

Flames-Red Wings Connection 3: Calgary’s Jeff Friesen says when he was growing up in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan, his Stanley Cup hero was former Red Wings great Steve Yzerman.

Flames-Red Wings Connection 4: Calgary’s Tony Amonte and Detroit’s Chris Chelios were teammates in Chicago from 1993-94 through 1997-98 and were coached on the Blackhawks by current Flames' GM Darryl Sutter through
the1994-95 season. They also played together on the 1998 and 2002 U.S.
Olympic Teams.

Flames-Red Wings Connection 5: International Teammates turned International Rivals: Detroit’s Chris Chelios and Calgary’s Craig Conroy were teammates on the U.S. teams that competed at the 2004 World Cup and the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino. Both players also list the 1980 U.S. Olympic Gold "Miracle on Ice" as the most memorable game they have watched.

Flames-Red Wings Connection 6: The Flames' Jarome Iginla and the Red Wings' Kris Draper were teammates on the 2006 Canadian Olympic team.

Flames-Red Wings Connection 7: Calgary’s Alex Tanguay will be looking to erase the bitterness of his last playoff appearance at Joe Louis Arena -- a 7-0 loss to the Red Wings in Game #7 of the 2002 Conference Final while a member of the Colorado Avalanche.

Hasek l: The last Stanley Cup playoff game that Detroit netminder Dominik Hasek played in was almost five years ago -- for the Red Wings when they clinched the Stanley Cup on June 13, 2002 with a 3-1 win over Carolina.

Hasek ll: If Hasek starts in Game #1 of the series, he would become the fifth-oldest goaltender in League history to compete in the Stanley Cup playoffs at 42 years, 72 days. The oldest goalie in the league to play in the playoffs was Johnny Bower at 44 years and 149 days in 1969. Lester Patrick (NYR) was the oldest man to play goal in the playoffs for a Stanley Cup-winning team. The 44-year-old Rangers’ coach and early era star player took over between the pipes midway through game two, after the team lost their starting goalkeeper to an injury.

The Ageless Wonder: Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios will compete in the Stanley Cup playoffs for an NHL record 22nd season. He had been tied with Ray Bourque, who played in the playoffs 21 years. Only once in his 23-year NHL career has Chelios' club not made the playoffs (Chicago, 1997-98). Chelios, 45, is the oldest defenseman in NHL history and will become the second-oldest player to appear in the Stanley Cup playoffs, after Gordie Howe (52).

Chelios ll: Chelios made his Stanley Cup playoff debut on April 4, 1984, scoring a goal for Montreal in a 2-1 win over Pete Peeters and the Boston Bruins. The date was more than one year before the birth of Flames defenseman Dion Phaneuf, who was born April 10, 1985.

The Ageless Wonders ll: The Toronto Maple Leafs team that won the Stanley Cup in 1967 with an average age of 31 was the oldest team to do so. The average age on this year’s Red Wings team is 31.2.

The "new look" Flames: Only six current Flames participated in seven-game loss to Tampa Bay in 2004 Cup Final: Forwards Jarome Iginla, Craig Conroy and Stephane Yelle, defensemen Robyn Regehr and Rhett Warrener and goalie Miikka Kiprusoff.

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