Fraser rerun on Saturday

ERIC FRANCIS -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 3:58 PM ET


 TAMPA -- Quirky notes, quotes and anecdotes from a series bracing for Kerry Fraser's return for Game 6 Saturday night at the 'Dome:

 URBAN MYTHS: Wondering what sort of impression those in the Tampa area have of Calgarians? Well, the local NBC affiliate in Tampa did a brief story on our fair city prior to Game 2 and all the video they showed was actually of Banff, not Calgary. As far as NBC viewers know, Calgary is extremely mountainous with plenty of gondolas and cheesy souvenir shops ... The public-address announcer at St. Pete Times Forum obviously hasn't done much research either, as he too embarrasses himself regularly by mispronouncing names such as Chuck Kobasew (he says Ko-ba-saw), Oleg Saprykin (he says Sapp-rick-in) and Ville Nieminen (he prefers Nee-eminen instead of Neem-in-en). Somehow he's managed to get Jarome Iginla right ... Sign posted outside St. Matthias Anglican Church in Edmonton: "Jesus said we should pray for our enemies. Go Flames Go" ... As far as the Flames' records show, there are more than 170,000 car flags flapping around Calgary these days. At $15 a pop, that's $2.5 million in revenue to go towards, say, Miikka Kiprusoff's new contract ... The Flames' record-setting jersey sales haven't netted the club as much money as you'd imagine. Although jerseys sold inside the 'Dome garner the club a solid profit, the revenue from those sold elsewhere is shared by all 30 teams in the league ... With his fire-red beard, Jordan Leopold is a dead ringer for Groundskeeper Willy of Simpsons fame ... When asked how a Florida crowd could possibly learn to follow hockey as religiously as Calgary fans, Martin St. Louis had an interesting response: "Watch less wrestling," he laughed. One thing St. Louis is glad the Americans don't do that Canadians do: "They don't yell as much as in Canada to 'shoot' every time you get it on the powerplay."

 PARTING GIFTS: One of the more comical sights in Tampa is watching the two security guards hired to protect the large Lightning logo on the carpet of the team's dressing room. Taking superstition way too far, these two had their hands full after the first two games as countless NHL neophytes crammed into the room oblivious to the players' silly little tradition ... Saturday night on the Red Mile, every hot dog stand was sold out, while Wicked Wedge on 17th Ave. made plenty of dough selling 950 slices of pizza to revellers ... Cow tongue sales in the city are improving steadily as the first double-tonguing in club history occurred during warmup in Game 3 when two such appendages greeted the Lightning ... Classy move by the Flames to invite former GM Al Coates to watch Game 3 of the final in the owner's suite for all his contributions to the current club ... 'Dome announcer Beesley almost missed Saturday's game when, on his return trip from Disneyland, he sat through a lengthy delay during a connection in Seattle. Alas, he arrived in Calgary less than two hours before puck drop ... If the final goes seven games, CBC types are expecting a new record to be established for the most-watched game in a final, eclipsing Game 7 in 1994 between Vancouver and New York, which attracted 4.957 million viewers. With an average viewership of three million through the first four games, the series is already attracting 25% larger audiences than the first four games of the 1994 series ... CBC has been using 22 cameras to cover games in the 'Dome, which doesn't include the skycam overtop the action, costing ABC $50,000 to set up. It also may have cost the Flames a scoring chance Monday when a clearing pass being chased down by Saprykin hit one of its wires.


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