Gelinas finally hitting stride

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 1:02 PM ET

 Martin Gelinas knows what it takes.

 One of just five Calgary Flames with a Stanley Cup on their resume, Gelinas can draw on past playoff experiences to help his teammates understand how difficult it is to put an opposing team on the golf course.

  That exactly what the Flames will attempt to do, as they lead their quarter-final series with the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 with Game 6 tonight at the Saddledome.

 "As an older guy, you have to go out, pay the price and show what it takes," says Gelinas, who won it all with Edmonton in 1990.

 "It would be nice (to end it tonight) because we'd get a little bit of a break between series. But it's far from over.

 "Game 7, you never know, it could go either way. So when you have a chance to wrap it up, you have to give it your all."

 Sniper Jarome Iginla, playing in just his second-career playoff series, said he pays attention to what the veteran has to say.

 The way Gelinas prepares for every game, Iginla says, is something the entire team can emulate.

 "He talks a lot in the dressing room and leads by example," Iginla says. "He's steady and maintains that even keel. He gets excited just like the rest of us but he comes to the rink and it's another business day.

 "He's not thinking about down the road. It's about preparing for tomorrow and that's a good example for all of us."

 Gelinas has battled through adversity in the opening round.

 Unhappy with the 33-year-old's play, head coach Darryl Sutter stapled Gelinas to the bench in Game 3, giving him just 13 shifts for 7:06 of total ice time.

 Gelinas responded with two straight solid performances.

 He played a big role in both Flames goals in a 2-1 Game 5 victory and was rewarded with 28 shifts and a series-high 15:33 of ice time.

 "He was great," Iginla says. "He was in on both of the goals. He passed the one out and on the (game-winner), he didn't get credit for the goal but he was there causing havoc.

 "He's been good all series but the last two games have probably been his best."

 With a constant parade to the penalty box in the opening games, Gelinas says it was difficult for him to find a rhythm.

 "If you don't play (special teams), you're sitting on the bench for a long time and it's hard to get your game going," Gelinas says.

 "I've been driving (to the net) a little more and finishing my checks and I think that's what Darryl wanted.


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