It's no-go with flow

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 12:00 PM ET


 Success isn't always measured by goals.

 The Flames powerplay may have come up empty on three first-period opportunities in Game 3 but, by drawing the penalties, they threw a wrench into Detroit's game plan.

 Many of the third- and fourth-liners didn't see the ice as the Wings scrambled to get back to even strength.

 "It messes up your rotation," said Wings forward Darren McCarty, held to 4:35 of ice time due to all the special teams work.

 "The strength of our club is that we rotate four lines pretty consistently."

 McCarty said it's difficult to get into a game at the midway point after sitting on the bench for the first 30 minutes but players have to concentrate on remaining focused.

 "If there's powerplays or penalty kills and you don't get out there, it's tough.

 "But it's part of being a professional. You have to be ready for when you're called. You just have to make sure you keep your shifts a little bit shorter when you get out there."

 Flames forward Stephane Yelle said it's hard to move forward as a group if the same guys are on the ice all the time while others are forced to ride the pine.

 "It's hard," Yelle said. "Some guys are skipping turns and other guys are playing more than they should be early in the game. When you come back to five-on-five, some guys have been on the bench and have cooled down a little bit. It makes it hard to keep a rhythm."


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