Time to take control of final

TODD SAELHOF -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 4:12 PM ET


 The Calgary Flames could have used yesterday's extra day in the Stanley Cup schedule to sit and stew about Game 4.

 For plenty of reasons.

 For starters, the officiating didn't exactly float their boat. Then there's the feeling Monday's 1-0 loss was a win that got away.

 And it was hardly a stellar night for the Flames shooters, who forever fired high and wide of the mark to make a shutout hero of goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin.

 Yet the Flames opted to put a different spin on their situation.

 "We woke up today and guys are very positive," said Flames captain Jarome Iginla following an upbeat afternoon practice at the Saddledome.

 There's no reason to be negative.

 After all, Iginla and Co. are in the Stanley Cup final and headed into Game 5 all square at two wins apiece with the Tampa Bay Lightning. A win tomorrow night puts the Flames back in the driver's seat and just one win from capturing the NHL championship.

 It's something on which to look forward. And it sure beats looking back on Game 4.

 "But it's easier to take today because we're moving on," said Iginla.

 Perhaps not quick enough for the Flames' liking, however.

 Instead of playing Game 5 tonight to maintain the every-other-day grind commonly associated with playoff schedules, the series is now on a two-day break between tilts.

 "On one hand, the extra day's good. We're an energy club, so it's good to have an extra day off to get our energy back up," Iginla said.

 "But at the same time, coming off a loss, we'd like to get back at it quickly."

 Assistant captain Craig Conroy agrees.

 "Yeah, we would rather play (tonight)," said Conroy.

 "But TV and the league controls the fate of when the games are, so there's not much you can do.

 "We just have to regroup and get ready.

 "We have to get prepared the best way possible."

 And if there's any lingering frustration from Game 4, well, the Flames figure it's best to use it to zap the Lightning in Game 5.

 "I think we've got to turn that anger into anger against the other team and not anger against the refs," Conroy said.

 "And the extra day gives us a little bit more time to build up that hatred.

 "The way we feel right now and the way we felt last night, we want to regroup and redeem ourselves."


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