Game Day: Calgary
at San Jose - Conference Final #1Calgarypuck Playoff Coverage 2004
May 9th, 2004
the most optimistic of Flames fans would have had a hard time predicting that
they would be seeing their team opening the third round of the playoffs on May 9
(CBC/ESPN, 2:00 p.m. MT) among the final four participants in the quest for the
round, with a first round victory under their belts Calgary had nothing to lose
and all the pressure was on Detroit. This round, however, they are one of four
teams remaining who could possibly be left holding the Stanley Cup above their
heads in a month’s time. Could this added pressure result in a meltdown along
the same lines as the Minnesota Wild last year?
season long the Flames and Miikka Kiprusoff have been unflappable so this will
be yet another huge test, especially in front of a raucous Shark Tank.
FLAMES KEYS TO SUCCESS:
chances: The Sharks showed the most success last series when they were able to
get behind the Avalanche defenders for quality scoring chances against David
Aebischer. The Flames need to continue limiting those opportunities.
Mike Commodore is going to have to be used sparingly this round against the
faster Sharks. Against Vancouver he was very successful battling in the
corners and versus Detroit had moderate success battling in front of the net
but San Jose will rush the puck into the zone most of the time so it’ll be
difficult for Commodore, who might see the majority of his playing time on
the power play.
At the start of each of the previous two series the Flames looked tentative.
Hopefully with those experiences under their belt they come out looking
penalty kill has struggled in these playoffs as a whole, but it has actually
been pretty good of late. With the
exception of a 3-for-6 outing in Detroit with a pair of two-man advantage goals
the PK has allowed no goals in 22 opportunities. The power play has struggled,
though, with only one goal in the entire Detroit series (1-for-20).
EVERYBODY SHOULD KNOW...
is the first time Calgary has faced a “one line team” in these playoffs.
Vincent Damphousse, Niko Dimitrakos and Patrick Marleau have combined for 13 of
San Jose’s 24 goals in the playoffs. The Sharks had a very balanced offence
during the regular season, however, and a failure to recognize that could ignite
the struggling Nils Ekman who has no goals in these playoffs.
Calgary: Dean McAmmond (back) and Steve Reinprecht (shoulder) are
both out for the rest of the season. Denis Gauthier (leg) is out. Matthew
Lombardi (concussion) is doubtful for today. Toni Lydman (concussion) could
return this series. Chris Simon (leg) is expected to play today.
San Jose: Milan Michalek (knee) and Marco Sturm (ankle/leg) are out
for the season. Scott Thornton (lower body) and Scott Parker (hand) could play
is Calgary’s fourth visit to the Conference Finals. In 1981 they lost to the
Minnesota North Stars, who later split in half to become the San Jose Sharks,
four games to two. In 1986, they defeated the St. Louis Blues four games to
three and in 1989, they defeated the Chicago Blackhawks four games to one… The
last time these two teams met in a playoff series, the Flames set an NHL record
for a seven-game series with 35 goals scored. San Jose scored 26 but won the
series four games to three. Few remember that in the second round that year, the
Sharks were swept 4-0 and were outscored by the Detroit Red Wings 24-6 in those
games… The Calgary Flames were the first team to ever be defeated by the San
Jose Sharks. On October 8, 1991 Kelly Kisio scored a power-play goal with 3:15
left in regulation to give San Jose a 4-3 win. The Flames also gave the Sharks
their first-ever road win on November 30, 1991 by a score of 2-1.
"The idea that we can't spend enough money to get here, that's a
crock. It's how you manage your players, how you draft, how you develop, how you
trade, how you coach. We've earned our opportunities by working hard. That's how
you get here, and that's how these teams did it." – San Jose
head coach Ron Wilson on two unlikely Western Conference Finalists, Flames and
going to be a great series for decibels.'' –
Sharks head coach Ron Wilson on the expected loud crowds that will be in both
"We felt in order for us to grow and get better, our team had to get
younger. Making the playoffs is obviously every team's goal, but we had to look
at doing what we could do to make the playoffs, to become a playoff team, and
not hurt us long-term." –
Flames head coach and GM Darryl Sutter on the plan he set forth as General
Manager this past summer.
series this year tied 2-2-0-0
11: San Jose 2 at Calgary 3
Dec. 2: San Jose 1 at Ca
Jan. 28: Calgary 1 at San Jose 4
Mar. 25: Calgary 2 at San Jose 3
1995 Western Conference Quarter Finals (Sharks win series 4-3)
May 7 San Jose Sharks 5 at Calgary Flames 4
May 9 San Jose Sharks 5 at Calgary Flames 4 (Ulf Dahlen scored at 12:21 of the
May 11 Calgary Flames 9 at San Jose Sharks 2
May 13 Calgary Flames 6 at San Jose Sharks 4
May 15 San Jose Sharks 0 at Calgary Flames 5
May 17 Calgary Flames 3 at San Jose Sharks 5
May 19 San Jose Sharks 5 at Calgary Flames 4 (Ray Whitney scored at 1:54 of the