SAN JOSE -- Ladies and gentlemen. We now have a series on our hands.
And an unpredictable one at that. The Calgary Flames and San Jose Sharks have not followed any particular script yet this series. So why would that change for tonight's Game 5 at the HP Pavilion (8 p.m., CBC and The Fan 960). Every time it seems that one team has the momentum, the other takes it away. There has been more line juggling than at the Barnum and Bailey Circus. More ebbs and flows than a flooding river.
The one thing that will be constant tonight is work ethic. Both teams have realized that hard work is going to win this series.
"We've got to be sure everybody is ready to go. It's important to get the lead. But it is also important to establish a good, strong game -- one that we're physical, skating and doing everything hard.. When you do that, you create momentum," said defenceman Robyn Regehr.
We've got to be sure everybody is ready to go...and doing everything hard - Flames d-man Robyn Regehr
With the series tied at 2-2, this game is considered a turning point with the winner clearly favoured to win the first round series. Needless to say, emotions are running high.
Flames defenceman Robyn Regehr challenged some of his teammates to do more, work harder and sacrifice in Game 5. Jarome Iginla was spotted by media arguing with assistant coach Rich Preston Wednesday. That doesn't mean the Flames are unravelling. Remember, following a loss in Game 3 to the Flames, Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov said: "It takes men to play this sport, not a bunch of boys." That calling out made headlines, too. It may have helped the Sharks heading into Game 4, which they eventually won.