Pesky Finn won't drop

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 3:03 PM ET


 Pesky Flames winger Ville Nieminen could have flopped to the ice while being force-fed the blade of Sharks forward Niko Dimitrakos' stick.

 After stealing the puck from Dimitrakos inside the Calgary blueline and racing into Sharks territory in Game 5 Monday night, Nieminen kept skating, kept digging, fighting off the blatant hook to his face.

 Nieminen circled inside the Sharks blueline, whipping a cross-ice pass to a wide-open Marcus Nilson for the Flames' second goal.

 "He got me in the mouth and I just about ate the whole blade," Nieminen recalled of Dimitrakos' infraction.

 "I knew the penalty was coming, so I tried to make a play that you should not even be allowed to think about five-on-five.

 "That pass across, stopping up inside the blueline to pass it across. Nobody picked up Marcus so he was wide open."

 Nieminen said the delayed hooking penalty allowed him to attempt the dangerous pass, which Nilson blasted behind goalie Evgeni Nabokov for a 2-0 lead just two minutes after Jarome Iginla posted the all-important first goal of the game.

 "When there's a delayed penalty coming you try that little mustard play when you can put some mustard on it," said Nieminen, knowing the play would be whistled dead had San Jose intercepted the puck.

 Nieminen has three goals and three assists in 17 post-season contests, missing only the fifth game of the Detroit series while serving a suspension for running into Wings goalie Curtis Joseph.


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