Stanley Cup Game Day:
Calgary at Tampa Bay - GAME #5Calgarypuck Playoff Coverage 2004
June 3rd, 2004
The series is tied 2-2, the Flames have their backs up against the wall with
a tough road game ahead of them and Ville Nieminen out of the lineup due to a
You'll have to excuse Calgary fans for experiencing a little bit of déjà
vu. Tonight, (CBC/ABC, 6:00 p.m. MT) the Flames wade into familiar territory
with a difficult task on enemy ice and a series tied 2-2. With so much more on
the line this round, including a Stanley Cup, this may be the most difficult
game the Flames have had to win in these playoffs.
However, they should also remember the only goal Tampa Bay scored in the past
two games was on a five-on-three power play. The defence seems to be doing its
job and the offence needs to work on its finish around the net.
FLAMES KEYS TO SUCCESS:
- Discipline: The Flames penalty killing has been very good this round, but
they still need to play more disciplined. As the Lightning have shown, if
you give them enough opportunities - especially five-on-three - they're
going to burn you.
- Finishing touch: The Flames played one of their best games of the playoffs
territorially Monday, but lacked any sort of finish around the net. They
need to remedy that tonight.
- Conroy: Out of his 15 points in the playoffs, 10 have come in games five,
six or seven. It's his time to step up.
The advantage has switched over to the Lightning in terms of historical odds
in winning this series. With the series tied 2-2, the team with home ice
advantage over the final three games has a 14-2 all-time record in the Stanley
Cup Final (.875). The only two road teams to come back and win a series tied 2-2
was the 1967 Toronto Maple Leafs (over Montreal) and the 1971 Montreal Canadiens
(over Chicago). The road team's record in Game 5 is 13-3 (.813) in this
situation… On the other hand, over the Calgary Flames history they have a 7-2
series record and an 8-1 Game 5 record when a series is tied 2-2. They have also
won their last four Game fives in that situation. Through their history, the
Tampa Bay Lightning have a 2-1 series record in Game 5 situations when the
series is tied 2-2. They also have a 2-1 record in Game 5.
ALL ROADS LEAD TO '86 AND '89…
A number of trends from this year's Stanley Cup Finals seem to be leading
back to the other two times the Flames made an appearance in the fourth round of
The team splitting the first two games on home ice as Tampa Bay did, have
ended up winning the series each of the last eight times this has occurred. The
start of the streak was in 1989 when the Flames split with Montreal at home and
ended up taking the series in six games. The last team to split the first two
games at home and lose the series? The 1986 Calgary Flames.
Game 2 had more total penalty minutes in a single Stanley Cup Finals playoff
game since the infamous bench-clearing brawl in Game 4 of the 1986 Finals
between Calgary and Montreal. This series also has the most fighting majors
(six) than any other Finals series since the Flames and Habs racked up eight in
The score in Game 4 in 1986 mirrored the score on Tuesday, 1-0, not in favour
of the Flames.
Calgary: Dean McAmmond (back), Denis Gauthier (leg) and Steve Reinprecht
(shoulder) are all out for the rest of the season. Matthew Lombardi (concussion)
is out and Toni Lydman (concussion) is a longshot to return in Game 6 or Game 7.
Tampa Bay: Ruslan Fedotenko (facial injuries) and Vincent Lecavalier (head)
are probable. Pavel Kubina (upper body) is questionable.
When Brad Richards scored on Monday, he set a new single-season NHL record
for game-winning goals in the playoffs with his seventh. Richards had one GWG
against the Islanders, two against Montreal, two against Philadelphia and now
two against Calgary. He eclipsed the total of six by Joe Sakic (1996) and Joe
Nieuwendyk (1999). The Lightning are now 8-0 in the playoffs when Richards
scores, which is an obvious stat when you consider he has seven game winners,
and 30-0-2 overall including the regular season… Kiprusoff isn't the only one
who bounces back as Khabibulin is 6-0 following a loss in these playoffs with a
0.83 goals-against average and .968 save percentage with two shutouts… How
important is Game 5? The team winning Game 5 when the series is tied 2-2 has a
14-4 record all-time (77.8%)… The four teams who overcame a Game 5 defeat to
win the Stanley Cup were Detroit (1950), Toronto (1964), Montreal (1971) and
Colorado (2001). Of those teams, only Montreal had to overcome additional odds
to win Game 7 on the road… If the Flames can pull off a road win tonight, they
will tie the 1995 New Jersey Devils for most road victories in a playoff season
"One less Fin. Fewer vowels."
- Flames head coach and GM Darryl Sutter on how different the Flames are without
Nieminen in the lineup.
"They are very good on the road. Just because we have home ice two out
of three doesn't mean anything. We got to treat it like a Game 7 because they
have shown they can come in and win Game 5s on the road. They have done it every
series, so that's what we're worried about."
- Brad Richards on what the Lightning need to do to win tonight.
"Hey, the media is a powerful tool, believe me. And it's unfortunate
that's what ends up -- you know, I hold myself responsible because I don't bitch
and whine in the media. I don't let our players talk about officiating in the
media. You know, it would be better off making headlines about other incidents
and I don't. We never complained about -- quite honest, a lot of you guys didn't
even know about some of the injuries until the next day, and you don't know
their bad hits until we bring it up after the fact. So, that's something I have
learned that you should bitch and complain and whine and it has an impact."
- Sutter again.
Best-of-seven series tied 2-2
May 31: Tampa Bay 1 at Calgary 0
Tampa Bay: Richards (Khabibulin 29 shots, 29 saves)
Calgary: None (Kiprusoff 19 shots, 18 saves)
May 29: Tampa Bay 0 at Calgary 3
Tampa Bay: None (Khabibulin 18 shots, 15 saves)
Calgary: Simon, Donovan, Iginla (Kiprusoff 21 shots, 21 saves)
May 27: Calgary 1 at Tampa Bay 4
Calgary: Nieminen (Kiprusoff 31 shots, 27 saves)
Tampa Bay: Fedotenko, Richards, Boyle, St. Louis (Khabibulin 19 shots, 18 saves)
May 25: Calgary 4 at Tampa Bay 1
Calgary: Gelinas, Iginla, Yelle, Simon (Kiprusoff 24 shots, 23 saves)
Tampa Bay: St. Louis (Khabibulin 19 shots, 15 saves)
Tampa Bay won the season series 1-0-0-0
January 24: Tampa Bay 6 at Calgary 2
Calgary: McAmmond, Gelinas (Turek 29 shots, 23 saves)
Tampa Bay: St. Louis (3), Fedotenko, Richards, Taylor (Grahame 20 shots, 18
STANLEY CUP HISTORY:
1989 Stanley Cup Finals (Flames win series 4-2)
May 14 Montreal Canadiens 2 at Calgary Flames 3
May 17 Montreal Canadiens 4 at Calgary Flames 2
May 19 Calgary Flames 3 at Montreal Canadiens 4
(Ryan Walter scored at 18:08 of the second overtime)
May 21 Calgary Flames 4 at Montreal Canadiens 2
May 23 Montreal Canadiens 2 at Calgary Flames 3
May 25 Calgary Flames 4 at Montreal Canadiens 2
1986 Stanley Cup Finals (Canadiens win series 4-1)
May 16 Montreal Canadiens 2 at Calgary Flames 5
May 18 Montreal Canadiens 3 at Calgary Flames 2
(Brian Skrudland scored at 0:09 of the first overtime)
May 20 Calgary Flames 3 at Montreal Canadiens 5
May 22 Calgary Flames 0 at Montreal Canadiens 1
May 24 Montreal Canadiens 4 at Calgary Flames 3