Game plan stays easy

TODD SAELHOF -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 4:42 PM ET


 VANCOUVER -- Game 7 is a novel concept for most of the Calgary Flames.

 Good thing a trip to Vancouver and a night at GM Place is no foreign affair.

 In fact, it's the one locale other than their own Saddledome they've visited most often during the 2003-04 NHL season. And most importantly, it's the visiting rink where they've won the most this campaign -- twice in the regular season and twice more in these playoffs.

 "I don't know if it's anything about Vancouver specifically," said Flames assistant coach Jim Playfair, referring to an overall 23-17-2-2 record including both the regular season and post-season. "I think when we talk about our team being successful on the road, it refers to the whole season. I think we do a very good job -- we focus and stick to our gameplan.

 "That helped us go into the playoffs feeling confident we could play with anybody in any building."

 They've proven that in winning four of six meetings with the Canucks here at GM Place. Their only two losses came in the opening game of the season, 4-1, and the opening game of the playoffs, 5-3. Otherwise, the Flames have left the West Coast with 4-1 and 3-2 regular-season wins and a pair of 2-1 victories in Games 2 and 5.

 "I guess you want to have that for confidence," said Flames veteran winger Chris Clark.

 "But it's Game 7 and it's a totally different feeling out there. It's going to be intense and every little thing is going to be magnified 100 times."

 Of course, the Flames know they missed their opportunity to take that heat off them Saturday night in Game 6 with a 5-4 triple-overtime loss.

 "We just have to focus on our gameplan of keeping it simple," said Flames defenceman Mike Commodore. "You think we'd feel more comfortable at home and home is where it would all come together. But as it's turned out, we have played well in Vancouver."


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