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Newz Forum: HOCKEY: Red-hot Flames return Cup Finals to Canada.

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posted on May, 20 2004 @ 12:00 PM
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They did it. They knocked off the first and second seeds in the West. No easy feat. Beating the aging Redwings, and then the fiesty Sharks. Calgary is returning to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in 15 years. Led by Jarome Iginla during the regular season, and an unbelievable Miikka Kiprusoff during the playoffs, the Sharks could not keep up their pace from early in the playoffs, who only scored 1 time in the final 7 periods of the western conference finals.
 

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CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -- The pandemonium began while the puck was still in play, sliding alone toward the tranquility of the San Jose Sharks' unguarded net.

When the final score of the Western Conference finals bisected the goal line as time expired, the Calgary Flames and their fans were going too crazy to notice. With one more fantastic finish, Canada's team had earned the right to play for the Cup.

Calgary's Marcus Nilson chases San Jose's Marcel Goc as they both chase the puck.
Captain Jarome Iginla scored his 10th playoff goal as the Flames advanced to their first Stanley Cup finals in 15 years with a 3-1 victory over the Sharks in Game 6 Wednesday night.

Miikka Kiprusoff made 18 saves for the Flames, whose victory was the first by a home team in the series. But Calgary's "Red Sea" finally had something to cheer as the Flames took an early lead and hung on through the third period.


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Awesome. That had to be one of the better series this year. Congrats to the Flames. Hopefully they can keep up their pace in the Finals and not roll over.




posted on May, 22 2004 @ 12:39 AM
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It's good to see Calgary in the finals, their payroll is one of the lowest in the league and they're not full of household names. They just play well together, hustle, and do alot of the little things you have to do to win. Of course Iginla has been unbelievable and Kiprusoff has been solid, and their defenseman have really stepped up. They're enjoying a couple days off right now while the Flyers-Lightning beat each other up one more time, the Flames are probably hoping for 6 overtimes.



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