Veterans hear clock tickin'

TODD SAELHOF -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 4:15 PM ET


 The time to win a Stanley Cup is now for veteran Calgary Flames forward Dave Lowry.

 Same goes for teammate Martin Gelinas.

 That's because time's no longer on their side as their NHL careers wind down.

 Lowry is 39, while Gelinas will turn 34 the day of Game 6 -- if needed -- in the NHL final series between the Flames and the Tampa Bay Lightning.

 "It's kind of a sense of urgency for me," said Gelinas, a 16-year NHL veteran. "I'm getting older -- I'm not sure how many more chances I'll get. I want to make sure I give it my all and

 I know my teammates will give it their all."

 Gelinas has already been to three Stanley Cup finals, winning it in his first trip as a rookie with the 1989-90 Edmonton Oilers.

 "One thing I remember from my first Cup is that I took it for granted," said Gelinas, a native of Shawinigan, Que. "I had a chance to win it at a young age and I was surrounded by great players. I thought this was going to happen all the time but, as you get older, you realize that it doesn't happen all the time."

 Just ask the venerable Lowry. He's only been to the Big Dance once in his 19 NHL seasons. That came in '96 with the Florida Panthers, who lost the Stanley Cup final in four straight to the Colorado Avalanche.

 "This is something you want to get to every year but there's a lot of guys who don't get this opportunity," said Lowry, a native of Sudbury, Ont. "It doesn't matter if you're 39 or 20."

 In hindsight, Gelinas is sure glad he signed with the Flames.

 "The decision to come here to Calgary two years ago was because I thought they had something special here -- that they could do good things," Gelinas said. "I think to sign here was the best move I made of my career.

 I knew they had a hard-working team but they were missing just a little something to make the playoffs. I would have regretted not being a part of it -- there's no doubt about it.

 "I've got another chance now, so it's time to put it on the line."


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