Flames: No giddy, but plenty of giddy-up

TERRY JONES -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 4:51 PM ET


 CALGARY -- You expected a room full of giddy guys.

 The Calgary Flames are two wins away from the Stanley Cup final, up two games to none on the San Jose Sharks coming home for Game 3 here tonight, but there's no giddy with these guys. And coach Darryl Sutter doesn't expect being so close to the Stanley Cup final will have any effect on their giddy-up, either.

 "Not a chance," he said. "It doesn't matter. Our game doesn't change.

 THEY WON'T CHANGE

 "It doesn't matter what the series is, whether we're up or down, we're not going to change. Our guys have a good handle on it. We're all about the system and sticking to it."

 Sutter doesn't know if he likes his hockey club being referred to as a team of destiny, either.

 You can make a case that the Flames have received every bounce and every break this Stanley Cup season. They're 4-1 in overtime, including four straight in extra time.

 You can count several games in which you could make a case the other team deserved to win, but not a single, solitary case where Calgary has won one they deserved to lose.

 "I don't know about destiny," said Sutter. "Coming into the playoffs I think we looked at it as an even playing field."

 The Flames are 6-2 on the road and 3-3 in the Saddledome. So there's no reason to be overconfident coming into Game 3.

 "If you asked me a month or so ago, I'd have said no," said Mike Commodore of how far they've gone. "But the way we've been playing I think we all believe it in here now.

 "We're a team and it's a team game. We're not going to change being what we've become because we're coming home leading the series 2-0."

 Martin Gelinas says it's simple mathematics.

 They have two wins. They need four.

 "We're only halfway there. We're going to be playing a desperate team in the next game. In the first two games we got a lot of breaks."

 Gelinas, who won a Stanley Cup with the Edmonton Oilers in 1990 and went to the final with the Carolina Hurricanes, said this one is different.

 FIRST TIME IN PLAYOFFS

 "We have 12 guys here with their first experience in the playoffs," he said. "Any time when you are the underdog, it kind of builds up and the confidence keeps getting bigger and bigger."

 Killer instinct is what is required next, says Iginla.

 "That's what we're going to concentrate on," he said. "It's a huge step if we win the next game."


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