Flames ready to atone

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 5:14 PM ET


DETROIT --  The last time the Calgary Flames found themselves in this position, they failed.

 The last time the Wings found themselves in this position, they posted back-to-back shutouts and went on to win the Stanley Cup.

 Holding a 3-2 lead with a chance to clinch a playoff series at home isn't new to the Flames, even if it's their first playoff run in eight years.

 They were in the same position against Vancouver in the first round and dropped a triple overtime heartbreaker in Game 6.

 "There's no difference," said Jordan Leopold.

 "The only thing we can do is learn from our mistake last time.

 "We had a chance to win that game and went into that long overtime but we didn't end up getting it.

 "This is a big game for us. Again, it's another good challenge and it's gonna be fun."

 The good news for the never-say-die Flames is they have two chances to upset the highly-touted Wings.

 The bad news is Detroit is full of veterans ready to show their run among the NHL elite isn't over.

 "They'll get even more hungry for the next game," said Flames captain Jarome Iginla.

 "You always feel you gave your all but when you're desperate, there's always a little bit more. We've got to find a way to match their desperation and take advantage of a great opportunity we have in front of us."

 Part of that is proving they learned from what went wrong a couple of weeks ago.

 Whether it was the excitement, the pressure or the knowledge they'd certainly see another day, the Flames limped out of the blocks in that game.

 Down 4-0 midway through, they rode an amazing comeback to force overtime but ended up losing.

 One plan Iginla said they'd use was trying to approach the potential clinching game like they headed into yesterday's contest.

 "We don't want to come back here but, at the same time, we're going to just plan on having a good game and plan on having a good start," he said.

 "We can't look past it. It's just that game, one game we have to play well."


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