Been there, done that

TODD SAELHOF -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 4:55 PM ET


 Have no fear.

 The Calgary Flames have lived this scene before.

 Following yesterday's 4-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks in Game 4 of the Western Conference final, the Flames have lost consecutive games for the first time in these playoffs.

 But it's the third time the Flames are knotted at 2-2 entering Game 5. The Flames won two of the next three games against Vancouver in the first round and the next two games against Detroit in Round 2.

 "I think we can draw from that," said Flames defenceman Mike Commodore.

 "It definitely can't hurt. A split has happened (in the two previous series). We were successful both times. So I think we're going to be fine. We can lean back on that and be all right."

 Certainly, the Flames can't rest on past successes when they play Game 5 tonight in San Jose (8 p.m., CBC).

 But such experience can't hurt. Besides, the Sharks have yet to face a best-of-three situation in these playoffs, after taking out the St. Louis Blues in five games in the first round and eliminating Colorado in six games in the second round.

 Maybe that's why Flames players sounded confident despite dropping their last two games.

 "We've been in that situation in the past in these playoffs," said Flames winger Martin Gelinas.

 "It's not too far away in our memories -- it's just a couple of weeks away. Let's just get back to basics and we'll be OK.

 "We've been resilient all playoffs long. Obviously, we were up two games but it takes four games to win a series.

 "So now we're back to the best-of-three and we're going to go to San Jose, play our game and hopefully get a win."

 Added d-man Andrew Ference: "We're disappointed the way we came out the last couple of games and didn't grasp our opportunity. But we're playing against a good hockey club and we knew that coming into the last few games.

 "This team knows the situation now. That's just the way it is."


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