Game 2: Notes, quotes and anecdotes
The Detroit Red Wings take a 2-0 series lead after a 3-1 win Sunday over the Calgary Flames in Game 2 of the best-of-seven series.
The Flames were again outworked and outplayed in Game 2 against the Wings Sunday at Joe Louis Arena. The series now shifts to Calgary, where the Flames have been dynamite this season, winning a league leading 30 games on home ice.
If the Flames have any chance of tying the series at two, they need to get focused and play a disciplined 60 minutes at the Pengrowth Saddledome starting Tuesday.
Calgary got into penalty trouble early in Game 2 and they need to watch their play and stay out of the box if they want to beat Detroit at their own game.
Defenceman Robyn Regehr agrees.
"Discipline is huge, not just staying out of the box, but discipline in sticking to our game plan," added Regehr. "And I think the team that does that best will win the game."
If one person is giving his all in the series, it would have to be netminder Miikka Kiprusoff, who has had to stand on his head time and time again for the Flames.
The Flames may have stepped up their game and were stronger in the second, but Detroit still managed to outshoot them 12-3. In Sunday's match up they were outshoot 51-15.
“We knew we didn’t play well enough and knew we had to come out with a much better effort and have a better second period," commented Dion Phaneuf.
Regehr Re-injures Leg
The Flames were forced to use five defenceman for the remainder of the game and fans did not see Regehr return in the third.
Boys Are Back In Town
The Flames return home Tuesday for Game 3, to an arena where they have dominated all season. The Flames will need to come with a lot of grit and stay out of the box.
"It wasn’t good enough, that’s the bottom line, and we have to play a lot better against a very good team," said Phaneuf.