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Flames to carry momentum into Joe Louis Arena

Friday, 20.04.2007 / 12:00 AM / News
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Flames to carry momentum into Joe Louis Arena

After dropping the first two games of their opening series against the Detroit Red Wings, the Flames rallied on home ice to even the series at 2-2 and turn it into a best-of-three affair.


by Aaron Vickers

There’s no place like home if you’re the Calgary Flames.

After dropping the first two games of their opening series against the Detroit Red Wings, the Flames rallied on home ice to even the series at 2-2 and turn it into a best-of-three affair.

But in order to defeat the Red Wings and advance into the second round of the 2007 Stanley Cup playoffs, the Flames are going to have to win at least one in the not-so-friendly confines of the Joe Louis Arena, where the Flames are winless four times this season, including two regular season games and two playoff games.

But if there’s one thing on the side of the boys from Cowtown, it’s momentum.

Riding the Sea of Red at the Pengrowth Saddledome, Calgary hopes to continue its winning formula in Game 5 Saturday night to overcome the red wave in Detroit.

“From our point of view, our crowd helps us at home,” said Flames captain Jarome Iginla after the Flames evened the series with a 3-2 victory Thursday night.

“We know it’s going to help them. It’s on us to be more ready and more focused for the start of that game.”

The Flames were ignited in the series by back-to-back capacity crowds at Pengrowth Saddledome. Now, the Flames return to the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit in hopes to gain an edge in the series. With games 5 and 7 in Detroit, Calgary will need to win on the road to advance to the next round.

“To win the series, we have to win one in their barn,” Iginla identified. “We want it to be the next game.”

How that will happen doesn’t matter to Daymond Langkow, who added two goals and was one of the game’s stars Thursday.

“We’ve got to get it done, it doesn’t matter how.”

But it has to get done as a team, he added, and not just on the goaltending heroics of Miikka Kiprusoff, who faced almost 100 shots in the first two games of the series and was named Game 4’s first star.

“We can’t leave (Kiprusoff) hanging out to dry like we did the first two games,” Langkow admitted. “We’re going to have to do this as a team. It’s going to take everybody.”

Heroics from one of the game’s top netminders wouldn't hurt, though. Thus far, Kiprusoff has stopped 151 shots in the series, a .932 save percentage.

“We just have to keep building,” Kiprusoff said. “We have to be better again. We have to keep being better and better. It’s all about the next game.”

NOTES: The most recent teams to overcome a 2-0 deficit and win a series include the 2006 Edmonton Oilers and Carolina Hurricanes. The Oilers dispatched of the San Jose Sharks in six games, while the Hurricanes came back to upend Montreal, also in six. Both teams eventually met in the final, with the Hurricanes capturing their first Stanley Cup in franchise history.

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Series Schedule and Results

Thu, April 12
Detroit 4 Calgary 1

Sun, April 15
Detroit 3 Calgary 1

Tue, April 17 8:00 p.m.
Calgary 3 Detroit 2
Thu, April 19 7:30 p.m.
Calgary 3 Detroit 2
Sat, April 21 1:00 p.m.
at Detroit (NBC, CBC)
Sun, April 22 7:00 p.m.
at Calgary (CBC, VERSUS)
*Tue, April 24 TBD
at Detroit (CBC, VERSUS)
*if necessary
-- All times Mountain

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