April 23, 2007 |
Johan Franzen scored early in the second overtime period, leading the Detroit Red Wings to a series-clinching 2-1 victory over the Calgary Flames on Sunday night in Calgary, Canada. Detroit, the top-seeded team in the Western Conference, won the series, 4-2, and will play either sixth-seeded Dallas or No. 5 San Jose in the second round. Dallas plays at third-seeded Vancouver in Game 7 tonight. The second-seeded Ducks will play either Vancouver or San Jose in the second round.
June 6, 2004 |
The Stanley Cup was on Canadian soil Saturday, back where the millions of it's-our-game zealots feel it belongs. Satisfaction was so close. This, though, was a short visit, a tease that had to torture millions north of the border. Martin St. Louis' hack at a rebound raised a welt on a national psyche. He pushed a shot just inside the post to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 3-2 victory over Calgary 33 seconds into the second overtime to send the series back to Tampa for Game 7.
May 30, 2004 |
Sure, this is Canada's game, as residents north of the border proclaim often, including Calgary Coach Darryl Sutter. Miikka Kiprusoff, though, is becoming Finland's treasure, and as cool in net as his homeland on Christmas. The Flames incited a raucous behavior, on the ice and among the 19,221 fans Saturday at the Pengrowth Saddledome.
May 29, 2004 |
The Calgary Flames have reached a level of importance rarely enjoyed by a sports team. They prompt leaders of government to take a break. They cause the wheels of justice to grind to a halt. And they will bring a city to a standstill tonight, when they play Tampa Bay in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals. These are heady days in Calgary, where Flame flags fly from nearly every car. Even Canada's Prime Minister Paul Martin is on board.
May 25, 2004 |
Tampa Bay Lightning center Dave Andreychuk is looking to make Dale Hunter the answer to a trivia question: Who has played the most NHL games without winning a Stanley Cup? Andreychuk holds that distinction at the moment, 1,752. Sitting right below him, though, is Hunter, who played 1,593 games before calling it a career.
June 7, 2004 |
All NHL questions will be answered tonight. Will Jarome Iginla lead the Calgary Flames to drink from the Stanley Cup, thus sating a nation that views the Cup as a personal possession too long misplaced? Can Tampa Bay's Dave Andreychuk end 22 years of wandering in the NHL wilderness, following in the skates of Ray Bourque to touch the Cup for the first time? Does Lightning Coach John Tortorella have a personality slightly less abrasive than a power sander?