A double for Iginla?

TERRY JONES -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 4:50 PM ET

 CALGARY -- One thing is a virtual guarantee. If the Calgary Flames win Game 6 tonight. Captain Jarome Iginla will be required to accept two trophies - the Conn Smythe and the Stanley Cup.

 But will Martin Gelinas make it four-for-four in scoring series-winning goals? And will it be in overtime like his first two series winners this year?

  Or will it be another of the no-name Flames like Oleg Saprykin in Game 5, a Steve Montador or a Marcus Nilson, players who have done it for Calgary in a streak of five straight overtime wins?

 Or will the Lightning keep their win-loss trend going with another win to take the series to a seventh game in Tampa Monday? Tampa Bay won Games 1, 3, 5 and 7 in the Philadelphia series and Game 2 and 4 so far in this series.

 Will being a game away from carrying the Cup affect the Flames negatively or positively?

 Those were the questions on the eve of Game 6 here yesterday.

 As has been the case almost every time Darryl Sutter has been behind a microphone in the playoffs this year, he's been asked about Iginla.

 "Jarome is an elite player, a special player. It was the first thing everybody talked about after the game (Thursday night). You saw the first three shifts in overtime. His whole purpose was to try and win it himself on those three shifts.''

 SUTTER ISN'T SURPRISED

 Sutter said it isn't surprising what Iginla has shown this Stanley Cup season.

 "To me, it's not surprising at all. Two years ago he won the Hart Trophy and the scoring title. This year he tied for the scoring title, so it doesn't surprise me he's the leading scorer in the playoffs.

 "He's learned other parts of the game that have made him so much more of a force.''

 So, any thoughts on Iginla winning the Conn Smythe if Calgary wins this thing?

 "I think we're very premature,'' said Sutter, and left the idea alone.

 As for picking a hero should Calgary win tonight, one of the previous heroes, Marcus Nilson, suggests somebody else take a turn.

 "I hope there's a new hero. But I think that all the guys are heroes. It doesn't really matter who ends up putting the puck in the net. When you win it's as 20 guys and that's 20 heroes.''

 The Flames, at least those who showed up at the rink yesterday - and they didn't include the likes of Iginla, Gelinas or goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff - there was no sense of a team getting ahead of itself despite the questions they were being asked.

 FACING PERILS

 Sutter was asked about the perils of being so close that you can just about touch it and any concerns about getting carried away with the potential moment.

 "I don't think so. I don't think our guys get too big on themselves.''

 Defenceman Robyn Regehr seconded that motion.

 "We're a group that has been able to deal with quite a few things that have happened over the course of the regular season and now the post-season,'' he said.

 "There's lots of excitement but I think excitement is a good thing to have. You just have to make sure you harness it. I don't think there's any negative to that at all.''

 Tampa coach John Tortorella was aiming most of his comments yesterday at the theme of the pressure on the Flames.

 "The pressure is not on us right now. It's on the Calgary team. You have all Canada here waiting for them to win (tonight).

 "The Cup is in the building. As far as pressure, they're supposed to win right now. We're trying to extend the series. They're trying to win. They're making all the calls to all the relatives to come in here, watch the game and win the game. Hockey Night in Canada is going to be on.

 "It's everybody's dream, a final game. All the things that come with it ... the pressure is there.

 "As far as Calgary is concerned, I'm sure there are a number of things going through their mind.

 "You always anticipate what will happen when you win it. We're just going to go about our business. They're supposed to win it now.

 "I'm just telling you we feel good.

 "And again, I'm anxious to see how Calgary responds to some of the things you have to do in an elimination game in your building and all of Canada watching.

 "They are supposed to win now and that's a tough thing. That's a tough thing. I'm interested to see how they respond.

 "You anticipate what will happen as you get closer to the Cup. They are going to start thinking about, what do you call it, the Red Sea or the Red Mile - the Red Mile.

 "That's going to be going through their heads. I think their players are going to have distant cousins, brothers, sisters, all coming in. And rightfully so.

 "This is a big thing.''


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