Fans predicting dead-Bolts

BILL LAYE -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 5:01 PM ET

 We'll moider the bums!

 That's the reaction of most Calgary Flames fans to last night's Tampa Bay Lightning win -- which will see them in the Stanley Cup final against the Flames next week.

  "Tampa Bay's a bunch of girls -- we'll beat them all over the ice in four straight," said John Dosen, 41, a service technician, as he watched last night's bout at Beckham's Pub and eatery, 1355 32 Ave. N.E.

 But Tampa Bay's 2-1 downing of the Flyers, Dosen's favourite team, did hurt.

 "I might have to actually cry and I'm a macho guy, I don't cry," said Dosen, with a laugh.

 Also disappointed by the Flyers' loss was Jaret Carlberg, a 27-year-old trucker.

 "I've been a Philly fan for the last 10-15 years," he said, adding his loyalty is now with the Flames. "It'll be a good series between Tampa and Calgary."

 Tom Kelly said he was actually wishing, for the Flames sake, that Philly would have been last night's winners as their goaltending is definitely lacking.

 But even the Lightning haven't quite got the goaltending talent the Flames have, added Kelly, 39, who's a chiropractor.

 "The Flames should have hoped they'd play the Flyers," he said. "(But) goaltending is going to hurt (Tampa Bay also) in the end."

 He said he's expecting the Flames will take the Cup in six.

 Beckham's manager Blair Houston agrees.

 "The Flames are solid now, they'll do well against anybody," Houston said, adding Tampa will prove a challenge.

 "They're a very intense hockey team and they play with a lot of intensity -- there's a lot of fire behind that team."

 The Tampa night life may prove the most daunting challenge for Calgary's players, said Mike Denbigh, 55, a photographer.

 "I think it will be very difficult for them to maintain focus," said Denbigh.

 They have to keep up the intensity, agreed Rob Askew, 61, a photographer.

 "It doesn't matter (who they play) as long as they keep playing hard the way they have," Askew said.

 The Flames are in Tampa to kick off the best-of-seven Stanley Cup final series on Tuesday, with Game 2 going on Thursday.

 The Flames then return to Calgary to host Games 3 and 4 Saturday and Monday, May 31, at the 'Dome.

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 FLAMES FANS ARE STOKED!

 * They're not Stanley Cup champs yet, but thousands of fans have been clamouring local sporting goods stores looking for iron-on 2004 Stanley Cup patches, just like the players wear. Jersey City outlets should have another shipment Tuesday.

 * Hockey-crazy brothers Andy and James McCreath have received so many compliments on their Hangin' in the 'Dome, Chillin' with Jarome T-shirts -- complete with a picture of a nine-year-old Iginla -- the St. Albert natives are making more shirts, with proceeds to be shared between KidSport and the Vibe 98.5 Kid's Fund. To get your shirt, visit www.vibe985.com.


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