Simon supports system

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 3:12 PM ET


 TAMPA -- A loitering Anglophone horned in on a French-Canadian media scrum yesterday, pressing Chris Simon for words of wisdom.

 The Flames winger, who can stickhandle with equal aplomb in both French and English, rambled en Francais about tonight's clash with the Bolts before pausing to check if the only unilingual bystander was keeping pace.

 "Did you get that?" smiles the sturdy Simon, a 12-year NHL veteran who owns a Stanley Cup ring from his days in Colorado.

 In either official language, tonight's Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final is a test of skill and nerves for both the Flames and host Tampa Bay Lightning. And despite watching Game 6 slip away in overtime Saturday in Calgary, Simon is convinced his club will recover to win the Cup tonight.

 "I think both teams are at the same point where everybody's going to be excited and work hard," Simon notes.

 "I've never been in a Game 7 in a final, so it's going to be great. We have a lot of confidence in ourselves and we're going to go out and win the game, that's all we've got to do."

 The odds seem stacked against them -- the home team has won 10 of the 12 seventh games in the Stanley Cup final.

 "Game 7, one team is going to win, one's going to lose," points out Simon.

 "We have to do everything we can to win. We're confident in our game and our system.

 "We seem to keep things a lot simpler when we're on the road. I think that might be one of the reasons we play better on the road."


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