Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Calgary Flames Must Find a Way to Win in Anaheim to Advance Another Round

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Calgary Flames Must Find a Way to Win in Anaheim to Advance Another Round

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Flames to face their road demon in Anaheim


CALGARY - For the Calgary Flames to extend their Cinderella run in the NHL playoffs, they'll need to conquer the hostile Honda Centre.

The Flames open their best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal series on the road this week against the Anaheim Ducks. The NHL has yet to announce the schedule as other first-round series are still in progress.

Calgary hasn't won a regular-season game in Anaheim since Jan. 19, 2004, for a 20-game losing streak.

The Flames did earn a single playoff win there April 25, 2006, in the one previous playoff round between the two clubs. The Ducks won the other two at home and Game 7 in Calgary to advance to the second round that year.

The Flames face a Ducks team as resilient as they and more rested. Both clubs earned 24 points in the regular season when trailing after two periods which was second only to Detroit's 25.

Calgary twice came from behind to beat the Vancouver Canucks 7-4 in Saturday's Game 6 and get beyond the first round for the first time since 2004.

In their four-game sweep of the Winnipeg Jets in the first round, the Ducks became the first team in playoff history to win three games when trailing after two periods.

"They beat out a very good team in Winnipeg," Flames assistant captain Kris Russell said. "They swept them so we've got to make sure we're ready."

Anaheim will have had about a week between their first and second series to top up their tanks. Calgary is riding their top three defencemen -- T.J. Brodie, Russell and Dennis Wideman -- hard.

Defenceman Deryk Engelland also played a series-high 22 minutes 56 minutes Saturday because he had one shift where he couldn't get off the ice for three minutes 22 seconds.

"We've just got to get a couple days in here of rest," Flames forward Michael Ferland said. "Anaheim is a big, tough physical team and we've got to be ready to hit them back. …

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