Living in sin bin

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 4:34 PM ET


 Chris Simon was shaking his head while tromping to the penalty box on two occasions Tuesday night in San Jose.

 Is he feeling like a marked man these playoffs? Are the zebras ganging up on the stout galoot? Is he miffed at the dastardly duo in stripes who only have eyes for him?

 "No, not at all," the Flames winger said yesterday, 24 hours and another playoff victory bringing into focus the rugged forward's perspective.

 "To be effective, I think I have to play on the edge but I have to be careful, too. I have to play within the rules of the game and, when I get penalties, I just have to serve them.

 "Our penalty killing has been doing a great job but I can't take any more penalties."

 The 6-ft. 3-in., 230-lb. Simon served cross-checking and roughing minors in the second period of Game 2 that the Flames successfully killed. The first was a relatively benign hit from behind, while the second was the result of a collision with pesky Shark Mike Ricci.

 Head coach Darryl Sutter hinted yesterday Simon isn't offered the benefit of the doubt by some officials, pointing to the cross-checking minor as evidence.

 "First penalty (Tuesday), for most guys, wouldn't have been a penalty and the second penalty, the hit on Ricci, was a penalty," Sutter said yesterday, noting the team's handful of minors was well within his range of tolerance.

 "If we only have to kill three or four, I think we're doing a pretty good job."

 Simon also drew elbowing and roughing minors in Game 1, the first infraction sending the Sharks on a two-minute, 5-on-3 advantage on which they failed to score.

 San Jose has failed to score on seven powerplays this series.

 "The most important thing is to work on the things we have control of," Simon said, skirting the officiating questions.

 "That's how hard you work, play your system and you try to win the game.

 "If you get penalties, bad bounces, you just have to go with the flow."

 Not anxious to heighten the awareness of officials working the rest of the series, Simon went so far as to give Game 2 policemen Don VanMassenhoven and Bill McCreary a pat on the back for a job well done.

 "They're working hard and they've got a tough job to do," Simon offered.

 "We don't have any complaints or anything."


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