Overtime tragic

ERIC FRANCIS -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 4:31 PM ET


 VANCOUVER -- While the outcome of tonight's deciding game between Calgary and Vancouver is very much up in the air, if history has any bearing, it's going to overtime.

 Five of the last six times the Flames have been eliminated from the playoffs, the club bowed out in extra time, dating back to 1990 when Los Angeles triumphed in Game 6. As most Flames fans know, playoff history hasn't been kind to the club since it won the Stanley Cup in 1989. The Flames have lost all six first-round series and eight straight overtime games.

 The last Flames OT win was in 1991 when Theo Fleury wildly celebrated his Game 6 winner in Edmonton. Esa Tikkanen avenged that with an OT winner of his own in Game 7 at the 'Dome.

 Ten years ago the Flames squandered a 3-1 series lead over Vancouver by losing three consecutive OT games, capped by Pavel Bure's double overtime winner in Game 7.

 One year later they surrendered a 3-2 series lead against San Jose, losing Game 7 by a 5-4 score when Ray Whitney broke their hearts.

 Eight years ago, the last time the Flames saw the post-season, Chicago's Joe Murphy iced the hosts with a triple overtime winner, marking the longest game in Flames history.


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