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

Saturday, 04.29.2006 / 12:00 AM / 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 ANA 66 42 17 7 196 179 91
2 NSH 65 41 17 7 193 158 89
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 WPG 65 32 21 12 180 175 76
6 VAN 63 36 24 3 182 173 75
7 MIN 63 34 22 7 179 163 75
8 CGY 63 34 25 4 178 162 72
9 LAK 63 30 21 12 171 164 72
10 SJS 65 32 25 8 185 183 72
11 COL 64 28 25 11 170 183 67
12 DAL 64 28 26 10 199 212 66
13 ARI 64 20 37 7 139 218 47
14 EDM 64 18 36 10 145 213 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 63 20 41 13 61
C. Perry 51 27 18 15 45
R. Kesler 66 17 24 1 41
S. Vatanen 57 12 22 6 34
M. Beleskey 56 21 9 13 30
J. Silfverberg 65 10 20 11 30
H. Lindholm 63 6 23 20 29
P. Maroon 58 7 21 -4 28
C. Fowler 65 6 22 3 28
R. Rakell 55 6 19 5 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 30 8 5 .917 2.34
J. Gibson 9 5 0 .924 2.41


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