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The Final Countdown

by Jeff Clemens / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB -- With the season at its most critical point the Flames are looking forward to the challenge.

Now with only five games left the Flames will need to finish strong in order to secure a highly contested playoff spot.

“We have some home games coming up to finish off the season and we’ve been playing pretty well at home this year so we have got to continue to do that,” said forward Blake Comeau.

“We can’t expect anything to fall into our lap, we gotta go out and earn it.”

With games against playoff rivals Colorado and Los Angeles this week could be one of the most important weeks of this season for the Flames. Despite the importance the players are not feeling pressure to look ahead but simply want to play their own game.

“We can’t worry about what other teams are doing. First and foremost we have to take care of ourselves and win our own games, if we do that we’ll be alright,” said Comeau when asked about the other teams fighting for the playoffs and the pressure it brings.

“I think its fun. Guys at this level are all really competitive, everyone at this time of year wants to be the guy who steps up and elevates his game. I think if everyone does that and gets out of their comfort zone we’ll be a tough team to beat.”

The other players on the team echoed this sentiment that in order to find success they need to play their own game and not worry about the other teams.

“We put all our effort for those 60 minutes and try to visualize good things and stay positive, try to do things right,” said forward Olli Jokinen.

“I think this time of the year it doesn’t matter who scores the goal as long as you win the game, I like our chances if we’re able to score five goals in a night.”

With the outcomes of the other games in the league falling in the Flames’ favor it will be up to them to earn their spot in the playoffs.

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