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Flames' Hartley 'having fun' during surprising season

by NHL.com Staff / NHL.com

Calgary Flames coach Bob Hartley joined NHL Live to discuss the surprising success the Flames have enjoyed this season.

The Flames are 29-20-3 and began Thursday in second place in the Pacific Division. To Hartley, the hard work, effort and results start in the dressing room.

"It starts with our great captain Mark Giordano and all our great leaders to all our young players," Hartley said. "I rarely saw in my coaching career a group of individuals so committed to playing the right way, working out the right way, practicing the right way, and obviously having fun winning games. This is a great group of guys and it's lots of fun."

The Flames are 8-2-0 in their past 10 games, 16-4-1 against division opponents and 4-1-0 on a six-game homestand that ends Friday against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Although a place in the Stanley Cup Playoffs is far from secure, Hartley intends to continue to enjoy the ride.

"I don't know where we're going to end up," Hartley said. "We have a strong goal in our mind but I don't feel any pressure around our group. We're having fun. We're playing those seven-game segments and it's one game at a time. I know it sounds clich?? but it really is. I see the guys focused but I don't see the guys being scared of failing or anything. They're driven by trying to accomplish something good and we're trying to do it for ourselves.

"We're not trying to prove anybody wrong. We're trying to prove ourselves right."

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