Niemo admits Flames jumpy

TODD SAELHOF -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 3:42 PM ET

 Nervous?

 How about an Oilers fan walking the Red Mile, sporting a Dave Semenko sweater.

  Maybe commissioner Gary Bettman as starting goalie in an NHLPA hockey game?

 Or most fidgety of all, a Flames fan attending last night's Saddledome heart-breaker, waiting to see Jarome Iginla tour the ice with Stanley in his arms.

 The Flames, according to winger Ville Nieminen, were a jumpy bunch prior to last night's 3-2 overtime loss to the Lightning, forcing Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final tomorrow night in Tampa.

 "Let's not kid ourselves, we were not our best," shrugged Nieminen, who assisted on Chris Clark's second-period goal after missing Game 5 with a league-imposed suspension.

 "In the second period, we were right there how we were supposed to start that hockey game.

 "We were really nervous -- over-prepared and overexcited -- but at the same time, we didn't have any distractions. We parked all our egos and distractions at the farthest parking lot at the Saddledome so we didn't bring those other things with us.

 "We wanted to play shift-by-shift, period-by-period. We played a pretty good defensive hockey game but we thought our penalty killing let this team down tonight."

 Flames coach Darryl Sutter argued his players weren't edgy prior to last night's game.

 "Tonight, I just thought some of our guys that we play a lot and expect to be really good for us, just weren't as sharp tonight as they have been in other games," Sutter said.

 "But I don't think uptight, no."

 Nieminen said despite the jitters, the team was in position, tied 2-2 after 40 minutes, to win its first Cup in 15 seasons.

 "In overtime we thought we were going to get it done tonight but we didn't," Nieminen said.


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