Road Warriors get back at it

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 4:17 PM ET


 For now, the Red Mile is miles away.

 Along with all the buzz and excitement of Calgary and its frenzied Flames fans.

 For the Calgary Flames, another series means another road trip.

 "It's no different," said Flames captain Jarome Iginla.

 "We started all our series on the road, so it's just another series that way.

 "This is what we play for and guys are focused and can't wait.

 "There's no worries in our room about being satisfied.

 "We're going to give absolutely everything we've got and we believe we can win."

 Whether the opposition's rink will be kind to the Flames this time around remains to be seen but it sure has been a blessing so far.

 Calgary is an amazing 8-2 on the road through the first three rounds.

 The Flames are riding a four-game road winning streak, sweeping all three matches in San Jose's HP Pavilion.

 They have claimed victory in seven of their last eight contests away from the Saddledome.

 That trend will be put to the test against a Tampa team that's an equally impressive 7-2 at home these playoffs.

 "I think we're a team that, if you look back on the regular season and the playoffs, has been comfortable on the road," said Calgary defenceman Robyn Regehr.

 The magic formula for that isn't exactly known -- one part luck, one part grit, one part goaltending and so on and so on.

 But it's a good bet being away from the non-stop buzz in the Stampede City doesn't hurt the focus.

 "It's great for the players to enjoy what's going on around town," said Flames GM-head coach Darryl Sutter.

 "It's great to see it and enjoy it."

 But getting away from it all can't hurt.

 "Yeah," Regehr said wistfully, "But we still have to talk to you every day."

 Hey, you can't get away from it all.


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