Life on the Road in Calgary - Part 2: Game Day

Friday, 04.28.2006 / 9:00 PM PT / News
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Life on the Road in Calgary - Part 2: Game Day

In the most dramatic fashion, the Ducks tied their Western Conference quarterfinal series with the Calgary Flames 2-2 with a 3-2 overtime victory on Thursday night.  Now MightyDucks.com invites you to experience life on the road in the Stanley Cup Playoffs as senior website writer Rich Dunn tags along for a pivotal game five in Calgary.

PART 1 - LIFE ON THE ROAD IN CALGARY - THURSDAY NIGHT AND FRIDAY

It's game day.  Life on the Road continues at the Saddledome as the Ducks prepare to face the Flames.

Forty hours after the Ducks landed in Alberta they will face off against the Flames with a 3-2 series advantage on the line for both teams.

The best and worst thing about Calgary in the NHL playoffs is that nothing else is important in the city.  This game five has been analyzed and reanalyzed by local and national television personalities, newspaper journalists and non-stop sports talk radio.  This is obviously a hockey fan's dream.  However, all of the analysis becomes a bit redundant. 

We certainly know by now that both teams are evenly matched, are physical and must be diligent on the forecheck.  Just play the game already.

As you walk in from the media entrance in the back of the Saddledome, the concrete walls are adorned with huge banners sent in by fans to support the Flames. 

Inside the rink, the doors have just opened to several hundred Flames fans who run up to the top level seats to claim stake in a general admission spot for the night.  And, in case you haven't noticed yet, everyone is wearing red.

By the Ducks locker room, several Ducks players including Joffrey Lupul, Todd Fedoruk, Travis Moen, Ryan Getzlaf and others kick a soccer ball around to get loosened up.

By far the best thing about the Pengrowth Saddledome is the press box.  It juts out over the top seating level to give the writers and broadcasters a vantage point from right on top of the ice.  If you want to go to the other side of the press box on the other side of the ice - no need to walk around the rink.  There is a catwalk that runs clear across the roof that remains open throughout the game.

The green seats are starting to turn red with the Calgary fans.  The opening face off is 15 minutes away.  Game five is ready to begin.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

STATS

2014-2015 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Perry 12 8 8 9 16
R. Getzlaf 12 2 14 9 16
J. Silfverberg 12 4 9 5 13
R. Kesler 12 4 5 4 9
H. Lindholm 12 2 7 2 9
P. Maroon 12 5 3 7 8
S. Vatanen 12 2 6 5 8
A. Cogliano 12 3 4 8 7
S. Despres 12 1 6 8 7
C. Fowler 12 1 6 9 7
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 10 2 2 .935 1.75


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