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Flames aim to put stranglehold on series vs. Canucks

by Aaron Vickers / NHL.com

CANUCKS at FLAMES

TV: CBC, USA, TVA Sports

Calgary leads best-of-7 series 2-1

The Calgary Flames used home-ice advantage in the first Stanley Cup Playoff game at Scotiabank Saddledome since 2009 and took a 2-1 series lead in the Western Conference First Round against the Vancouver Canucks at Scotiabank Saddledome on Sunday.

They'll try to use that advantage again to take a commanding lead in the series on Tuesday.

"Some of us are bouncing around [on the bench] all the time anyways, but pretty much the entire team was feeling the energy and we were ready to go right from puck drop," Calgary forward Joe Colborne said. "It's going to be all about our start. They're going to come out, they know how important game this is, and so do we. It's going to be another hard fought, physical game and we're expecting a lot of the same."

The Flames won Game 1, but Vancouver evened the series to earn the split heading into Calgary thanks in large part to a strong start on home ice.

Preventing a repeat is key for the Flames.

"We can't let them come out and be as physical as they were against us in that first period of Game 2," Colborne said. "I thought that was their best period of the series and maybe that we've ever seen them play as a team. It's going to be nice to come out and have our crowd going and behind us, which will be nice. We have to come out and match their intensity."

The Canucks, who will have forward Alexandre Burrows in the lineup after the NHL determined he will not be suspended following an instigator penalty late in Game 3, have qualified for the playoffs in six of the past seven seasons and made an appearance in the Stanley Cup Final in 2011.

That experience has prepared them for what's at stake in Game 4.

"It's going to be a series of ups and downs," Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa said. "We're a team that, for the most part, that's gone through it before several times. I think we're able to handle these situations and we know we have to respond with a good effort and we know how momentum can switch really quickly.

"Going back to Vancouver for the next game, it's a big one, the next one. We get this one (and) we go back with momentum. Our last game at home we played really well. That'd be huge for the series."

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