Calgary staying positive

TODD SAELHOF -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 3:56 PM ET

 Call it another obstacle in their path to NHL glory.

 At least, that's the spin the Calgary Flames prefer to put on last night's 3-2 double-overtime loss in Game 6 of the 2004 Stanley Cup final.

  Never mind heartbreak.

 Nor all that other teary-eyed stuff.

 No, the Flames would rather look forward to Game 7 with optimism rather than back at Game 6 with sorrow.

 After all, they've lived through challenges -- through heartbreaks -- before in the playoff marathon.

 So truly, it's been their calling card the entire post-season.

 "We're looking forward to it," said Flames defenceman Jordan Leopold. "It's another challenge for us. It has been one challenge after another all through the playoffs."

 In the first round against Vancouver and in position to clinch the series, the Flames lost a triple-overtime heartbreaker.

 Calgary rebounded with an overtime victory of their own in Game 7.

 In the second round, the Flames allowed the Detroit Red Wings to gain what looked like a dangerous measure of confidence in a Game 4 win at the Saddledome.

 But Calgary promptly shut out the Red Wings in Detroit with a 1-0 win in Game 5, then came back with another 1-0 shutout of the Wings in Game 6 that sent the Flames to the Western Conference final.

 After two consecutive home losses to the San Jose Sharks in the conference final, the Flames rebounded again for wins in Games 5 and 6 to give them a berth in this Stanley Cup final.

 So in response to Martin St. Louis' overtime winner last night, it's not surprising that the Flames shrugged it off.

 "Move on -- it's that simple," said Flames GM/head coach Darryl Sutter. "Whether we have taken Game 7 at any point, yeah ... whatever. So (move on) -- that's how we do it."

 "It's fun," said defenceman Steve Montador. "It's very exciting. You can't dwell on any downs. There's no time -- too fine of a line between winning and losing to dwell on anything. So like I said, what we're going to prepare for is going to win Game 7."

 Added Flames winger Ville Nieminen: "If somebody would have told us six months ago we would have a seventh game to win the Stanley Cup, we would've taken it. So it's a good situation for us."


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