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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 - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 13 50 14 63
C. Perry 82 34 28 2 62
R. Kesler 79 21 32 5 53
R. Rakell 72 20 23 -1 43
J. Silfverberg 82 20 19 8 39
S. Vatanen 71 9 29 8 38
A. Cogliano 82 9 23 2 32
H. Lindholm 80 10 18 7 28
C. Fowler 69 5 23 -8 28
C. Stewart 56 8 12 2 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 22 9 7 .919 2.30
J. Gibson 21 13 4 .920 2.07


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