Flames get Game 2 redo

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 5:35 PM ET


 SAN JOSE -- Last time they found themselves in this situation, the Flames fell flat on their face.

 Just like the beginning to the Western Conference final with the San Jose Sharks, Calgary opened Round 2 against Detroit with a stunning overtime upset, a 2-1 result.

 Now the onus is on the Flames to not duplicate what followed.

 Remember what happened in the second match of the Detroit series? It was a flat-out dud, a 5-2 thumping.

 The Flames certainly remember.

 "We weren't prepared," said defenceman Andrew Ference. "In Detroit, we came out a different team. In Detroit, our first game wasn't that good and got somewhat lucky to win the first game, just hanging around and (we) still won.

 "In the second game, we didn't come out like the team we are and they took it to us."

 To a man, they're well aware the same will happen tonight in San Jose if they provide the same performance.

 Besides, taking advantage of a chance to go ahead 2-0 in a series, especially with two road victories, provides even more incentive.

 "We came in wanting to win Game 1 and that was our mission but now we have a new mission, Game 2," said defenceman Steve Montador. "I don't think we'd just be satisfied coming down here and getting one win.

 "If we have a chance to win two games, that's going to our goal.

 "We don't look at it as a one of two game thing."

 Exactly the message GM-head coach Darryl Sutter was preaching.

 "We move on," he said. "Really, it doesn't matter if we would have lost 4-3 in overtime or won 4-3 in overtime, we'd still feel the same way about our game.

 "We know there's areas we have to get better.

 "We know they're going to get better. It's how our young guys respond to that."

 If there's one thing the Flames have shown this post-season, it's an ability to answer such challenges.

 And learn from disappointing performances.

 "I don't think we're going to be thinking about redeeming ourselves as much as getting a 2-0 lead," Ference said. "What's happened in the past has happened and we've learned lessons but don't dwell on it.

 "Everyone in this room knows we didn't come out in Game 2 against Detroit and play anywhere near what we're capable of but that's an easy thing to fix.

 "It's just going out there and playing the way you can. If there was more to it, the guys would be more worried."


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