Calgary Flames HEAD COACH: Darryl Sutter ASSISTANT COACHES: Jim Playfair, Rob Cookson & Rich Preston GOALIE COACH: David Marcoux CAPTAIN: Jarome Iginla ASSISTANT CAPTAINS: Robyn Regehr & Craig Conroy TOP 5 PLAYOFF SCORERS: Jarome Iginla [3G-2A for 5 points] Chris Simon [2G-1A for 3 points] Craig Conroy [1G-2A for 3 points] Matt Lombardi [1G-2A for 3 points] Jordan Leopold [0G-3A for 3 points] BEST & WORST PLUS/MINUS: Best: +4 [Jordan Leopold & Jarome Iginla] Worst: -1 [Chuck Kobasew & Oleg Saprykin] STARTING GOALIE: Miikka Kiprusoff
Vancouver Canucks HEAD COACH: Marc Crawford ASSOCIATE COACHES: Jack McIlhargey & Mike Johnson ASSISTANT COACH, VIDEO: Barry Smith GOALIE CONSULTANT: Ian Clark CAPTAIN: Marcus Naslund ASSISTANT CAPTAINS: Brendan Morrison, Trevor Linden & Ed Jovanovski TOP 5 PLAYOFF SCORERS: Marcus Naslund [2G-3A for 5 points] Brendan Morrison [1G-3A for 4 points] Sami Salo [1G-2A for 3 points] Mattias Ohlund [1G-2A for 3 points] Ed Jovanovski [0G-3A for 3 points] BEST & WORST PLUS/MINUS: Best: Even [Marek Malik, Geoff Sanderson, Jason King, Daniel Sedin, Marc Bergevin, Matt Cooke, Henrik Sedin & Ed Jovanovski] Worst: -5 [Mattias Ohlund & Brent Sopel] STARTING GOALIE: Alex Auld
Assigned referees will be Mick McGeough & Dennis LaRue. Linesmen will be Lonnie Cameron & Mark Wheeler.
NHL PLAYOFFS: TB def. NYI 4-1, BOS leads MTL 3-2, PHI leads NJD 3-1, TOR leads OTT 3-2; DET leads NSH 3-2, SJ def. STL 4-1, CGY leads VAN 3-2 and COL leads DAL 3-1
This series betweeen the Flames and Canucks has been frickin' awesome. This is being posted before overtime even starts and I can say that the third period has been one of the most exciting periods of hockey I have ever seen. I got tired just watching it. I was going to go to bed if the Flames were still down 4-0 after the second period and, somehow, it's like someone lit a fire underneath them. No matter who wins this series, games like this are what makes being a hockey fan so much fun.
Also, I am so thankful to have access to CBC. McLean and Hrudey (who I didn't much care for while he was playing) have really been insightful and added a lot to my excitement over this series. God, HOCKEY RULES...
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What a game. This is more than the best series of 2004, this is one of the best playoff series in years. I'm still tentatively holding to my pick of the Flames to win, but one has to wonder if they'll be demoralized after such a tough loss.
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I don't think it's THAT demoralizing for the Flames, though. They came back from a 4-0 deficit to tie it up when they could have easily folded. That's gotta give them confidence in Game Seven.
On the flip side, they looked brutal up until they scored that first tip-in goal to get some life. They looked inexperienced and couldn't handle the pressure of having to close out a series which is 100% understandable. The Canucks also have the confidence that they can take it to the Flames and control the game. They also know they can't sit back, no matter how big of a lead they have.
As they say, anything can happen in a Game Seven and fans of both teams should be happy with a great series.
Monday Night - Double Header - TWO GAME SEVENS. Hockey heaven. :)
Preds and Coyotes is the easiest series, yeah. Preds should take it easily, in no more than 6 games. Mike Smith is capable of stealing two, but Pekka Rinne is a lot better than Corey Crawford. I think St. Louis can handle the Kings.