Ain't misbehavin'

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 4:51 PM ET

  Hey, these Flames clean up real nice.

 Not bad for a bunch of street thugs who, if you listen to the Tampa media, should have been frisked at the border for weapons of mass destruction.

  Largely due to Ville Nieminen's late-game, suspension-drawing hit on Lightning star Vincent Lecavalier, the Flames were branded as villains in sunny Florida. But then the big, bad Flames -- apparently the '90s version of the Broad Street Bullies -- walked into Tampa and took a grand total of two penalties.

 Forward Shean Donovan said team discipline has been a key throughout the regular season and it will continue to play a large role tonight in Game 6.

 "We play on the edge and sometimes we go over that edge," Donovan admitted. "But as the series goes on, we learn to keep our cool.

 "We know we're one of the best teams in the league 5-on-5. We have four lines that can go and three sets of D.

 "When we get into penalty trouble, it screws things up. Iggy has to play too many minutes and think defensively. We don't need to be tiring these guys out on the penalty kill."

 Then again, Calgary's special teams are a big reason why they're one win away from the Stanley Cup.

 The Flames have killed off 21 of 25 shorthanded situations (84%) and have scored on five of 19 powerplay opportunities (26.3%).

 Robyn Regehr said his team has the speed to draw more penalties than it receives.

 "We shouldn't be taking penalties at all," Regehr said. "When our team is playing well, we're the ones who are the aggressors out there, forechecking and being physical and the other team is taking penalties on us.

 "We can't afford to be sitting in the penalty box, especially against a team like Tampa's powerplay."

 Regehr was one of the handful of Flames players who reported to the rink yesterday for medical treatment after the club cancelled its optional skate. Patiently answering an endless stream of questions from the media, you'd never know his club is on the verge of capturing hockey's biggest prize.

 Asked why he didn't appear excited over the prospect of being so close to winning the Cup, Regehr said his focus and preparation will remain the same no matter the stakes.

 "That's the way you have to be to approach something like this and to be successful. When you win, you can't get too high and when you lose, you can't get too low.

 "You have to keep a workman-like attitude."


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