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Playing for Pride

Monday, 02.04.2012 / 4:09 PM / News
By Jeff Clemens
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Playing for Pride

With the playoffs out of the picture the Flames are looking towards their last two games as a matter of pride.

“Self pride, the front of that jersey,” said head coach Brent Sutter on why the last two games are so important.

“Your fans that come and are very passionate about being who they are for your team and that’s your fans.”

It’s the honor of being a part of the Calgary Flames that gives the players their drive to continue to fight and win the last two games.

“It’s a little difficult but we’re going to go out there and work hard,” said defenceman Cory Sarich.

“It’s not going to be hard against the Canucks, that’s for sure. Not a lot of cheery feelings for those guys so anytime we can beat those guys it’s a great feeling.”

A rematch against the Canucks who finished their playoff chances is sure to be hard fought as games pitting the Flames against the Canucks so often are.

While the players are disappointed they are still looking towards playing hard and winning games.

“It’s just pride, everyone loves going out and playing hockey,” said forward Lee Stempniak.

“You want to go out and do your best and win no matter what, everytime you step on the ice. You need to have pride in the way you play.”

Feeling a part of that pride gives the players what they need and the feeling of being part of the team gives them their chance to play with the guys they’ve played with all year and the opportunity to be a part of something even bigger.

After weeks of watching the scoreboards and needing the help of others the Flames finally have the opportunity to regroup and just play hockey and go for some hard fought final wins.

“I think we just got to go out and play,” said Stempniak.

“We’ll go out and play with pride and passion, we want to win both these games.”