Morning Skate Report: Flames vs. Lightning
The Flames start in Nashville on Tuesday night was sloppy to say the least. They didn't have any jump to their game, they only managed six shots on net in the first period and the Predators were able to rifle 18 at Miikka Kiprusoff before stanza concluded.
The team is adamant that cannot happen tonight if they want to leave Tampa Bay with two points in hand.
"A 60-minute effort - you need it in order to be successful" Alex Tanguay stated firmly. "There's so much parity in the League now and in order to have the type of success you're looking for, you need to play for 60 minutes.
"We didn't do that in Nashville. Kipper played great in the first period. It could have easily been 3-0."
Lee Stempniak concurred with that assessment, noting the team had talked about needing a solid start to the game before they hit the ice for the pre-game skate.
"If you can come out and play well in the first period, you really put teams on their heels. It changes the whole momentum of the game."
While the links between Tampa Bay and Calgary are dwindling - seven years has passed since the Flames storied Stanley Cup run - returning to Florida is still a nostalgic experience for a few players.
Jarome Iginla and Kiprusoff are the remaining Flames from the 2003-04 roster but the two still have vivid memories of the St. Pete Times Forum.
"When you come and sit in the dressing room, it brings back some memories," Iginla said. "Some good, some tough ones.
"It's a while back but when you think about it, it does feel like yesterday."
Tanguay also takes a stroll down memory lane when walking through the halls of the arena.
The winger spent the 2009-10 season with the Lightning but instead of bouncing back from the two lackluster years he spent in Montreal, he collected just 10 goals and 37 points through 80 games in Tampa Bay.
"Hockey-wise, it wasn't what I would hoped it would have been," he admitted. "I had a bad year. There's not much I can do about it now."
However, it wasn't all negative for the forward. His time in Tampa included a major life milestone.
"My son was born here," he smiled. "I've got a little Flordian in the family."