Keenan anticipates physical game

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:50 AM ET

Mike Keenan expects a rough game tonight in Anaheim.

His Calgary Flames played a strong first period when they last met the Ducks in Orange County, but gave up four goals in the second frame of a 4-2 loss Feb. 17.

Part of the reason was a ramped up physical game.

"We had a good first period and a good third period, and the middle stanza was not good enough.

"They changed the momentum of the game, became more physical in the second period and took the game away from us," Keenan said yesterday. "We're going to expect the same from them tomorrow."

He expects Miikka Kiprusoff to be challenged by traffic.

"They're very aggressive. They run the goaltender," said Keenan.

"Hopefully, our team will be ready and have the disposition to protect our net. And certainly we expect the officials to do their jobs as well."

LACKLUSTRE PRACTICE

Keenan wasn't happy about the way his team practised yesterday.

Asked in the media scrum if the mood has changed since the passing of the trade deadline, the head coach responded with a criticism.

"If the mood was different, it wasn't good enough," he said.

"There's no time to sit and get casual because you weren't moved or there were no changes. It's time to move it up and raise the bar and drive the expectations up amongst themselves."

Keenan was then asked if he saw the bar being raised.

"No, I didn't," he said.

"So I reinforced it to make sure they're aware of it.

"I want the practices to be perfect practices. We don't come here to waste our time and to be nonchalant about our preparation.

"We've got to be spot on every day from here on in."


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