Old Flames enjoy run

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 12:53 PM ET

 Fifteen NHL seasons have gone into the books since the Calgary Flames last won a playoff series.

 Jamie Macoun, a greybeard defenceman from the glory days, says the current crop of Flames need to bust through with a series win of their own to really understand how it's done.

  "All they need to do is do it once and then you believe in yourselves. There's no magic bullet," suggested Macoun, a Flames defenceman from 1982-92, who won in the Stanley Cup final over Montreal in the spring of '89 -- the last time the club thwarted a playoff opponent.

 "You have to believe in yourselves and in the coaching system in place. This (Flames) team is built on discipline and the playoffs are all about succeeding through discipline."

 Macoun played 84 post-season games with the Flames over 10 campaigns, the obvious pinnacle arriving at the Forum in May of 1989 after the club won four series, earning its only Stanley Cup.

 Although many contend the Flames of a previous era should have won a handful of Cups, Macoun explains discipline, the current squad's strength, is crucial for it to get past the more talented Canucks.

 "The better the team is, the more disciplined it is," Macoun offers. "Vancouver and Calgary (are) two very strong teams, both have a lot of talent, pretty good players."

 Colin Patterson, who took part in 72 playoff games as a Flames forward over eight seasons (1983-91), thinks sticking with the team's current recipe for success -- hard work and discipline -- will help end the lengthy drought.

 "They have to just keep playing the way they are -- keep on doing all the little things well and they'll pull it out in the end," Patterson points out.

 "They have to have everybody participating, chipping in, taking attention away from Jarome (Iginla) and (Craig) Conroy."

 Patterson says former Flames have been drawn back to the Saddledome during the series against Vancouver and would love to see the 2004 squad succeed.

 "You forget how long it's been but as a former player we're very excited the team is back in the playoffs and has a lot of us thinking (about 1989)," Patterson says.

 "The alumni is pretty tight and most of the guys were at the first couple of games.

 "I'm pretty excited to see them back in it."


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