SAN JOSE -- It's time to decide a series winner. Game 7. The first ever here at the HP Pavilion in downtown San Jose. The question most bandied about in the quarter-final series between the Calgary Flames and the San Jose Sharks is which team has the momentum. The answer might be unknown until the end of tonight's game. "I don't know if you could describe any team in this series as controlling momentum," said Calgary head coach Mike Keenan. "It goes in game swings."
Tonight's Line-ups and Game Notes
Analysis: Anything can happen now
Kiprusoff calm, cool and collected
One shot, one bounce, one bad penalty. That's who quickly a Game 7 can swing.
But the Flames aren't talking about lucky bounces. They are talking about putting together another complete game, rolling four lines and shutting down the hottest team in the NHL after the trade deadline. The heavily-favoured Sharks might not be so heavily-favoured anymore.
"There's pressure on both sides. I don't think there is a favourite anymore," said forward Daymond Langkow.
There's pressure on both sides. I don't think there is a favourite anymore - Daymond Langkow
Forward Kristian Huselius said the team is in the right frame of mind heading into the game and not letting the pressure eat them up.
"We're still playing on ice. We're still playing with a puck. We're playing with five guys and a puck. So are they. Last game we played with a lot of confidence. We did a good job. It was a complete team effort," said Huselius.
"There's nothing to lose," noted Craig Conroy. We have to have a good start and find a way to get the first goal. Keenan said players react differently to the pressure of Game 7. "Some people thrive on the expectations. Some people succumb to the expectations."
After tonight's game we'll know who thrived and who succumbed.