Long history of bad ice

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 3:08 PM ET


 Stick a giant purple straw into centre ice and -- voila! -- the world's largest Slurpee.

 Despite intense efforts of NHL staff to reduce the humidity in the The St. Pete Times Forum for Game 1, the ice was soft and slow and even left some Flames reducing the edge on their skate blades.

 A bad bounce in the second period of Game 1 allowed Flames right-winger Jarome Iginla to race away for a shorthanded goal and a 2-0 lead.

 But it wasn't the worst surface Flames GM-head coach Darryl Sutter has seen.

 "Well, I guess it hasn't been a disadvantage to the Lightning (during the regular season)," Sutter pointed out.

 "I mean, they had a great season, so it certainly hasn't hurt them. I asked Chris Simon in San Jose after one of the games, 'How is the ice?' He said, 'Just the way I like it.' "

 "(Former Blackhawks goaltender) Tony Esposito, I remember him telling me when you played in the playoffs in the old days, there was no air conditioning (in any) of those old buildings. The ice was awful, always an inch of snow on it and he told me, 'Bad ice doesn't hurt great players,' he said. 'Bad ice hurts a guy like you.' "


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