What they are saying
The Calgary Flames were eliminated from the playoffs in Game 6 in double overtime of their first round series with the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday.
Below are some of the comments made by players and coaches.
“There’s such a fine line between winning and losing. The teams I’ve been a part of over the years, it’s not a switch you turn on when the playoff time comes around. We tried in every different way to be better on the road, to play up to our potential on the road, but I don’t think we got to the level that we thought we were capable of playing on the road.” -- Flames forward Alex Tanguay
“I thought as a team we battled hard. They’re a good team. They were ready. They battled hard, too. And it hurts—you’re one goal away from moving on to a Game 7, where anything can happen. But we didn’t get it.” -- Flames captain Jarome Iginla
“Miikka was great, the best goalie in the league. If anyone was watching those games, he’s the only reason we had a chance, he was unbelievable. That’s why you always believe if you’re in Calgary, you’ve got a chance. The whole series, he did absolutely everything in his power to will us through.” -- Flames forward Craig Conroy
“We felt we had a good enough team to go a long way and I don’t think we reached our potential all year,” -- Flames defenceman Rhett Warrener.
“I haven’t been in Detroit very long, but our fans, people at our rink, the media—I don’t know if they think we’ve got some sort of disease and they think we’re going to fail or whatever, but to me we carry that around. This team isn’t about’ ‘03 and it isn’t about ‘04 or ‘06. It’s about this year. We have a good team. We’ve been a determined group from the get-go. People said we weren’t going to be very good and we are good.” -- Detroit coach Mike Babcock.