Given favorites to advance to the first round of the playoffs against the Dallas Stars, the Flames will now have to win Game 7 of the showdown in Calgary on Sunday to do so.
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“I know some people believe that we’re not supposed to be playing yet and we’re supposed to be on vacation playing golf right now, but that wasn’t our intention in starting the series,” the director said. Dallas Stars head coach Rick Bowness quoted on the National Hockey League (NHL) website. We didn’t make the playoffs just to be a team’s stepping stone to the second round. And here we are in game seven, and our guys deserve a lot of credit.”
The final meeting was necessitated when the Stars defeated the Flames 4-2 in Game 6 on Friday night in Dallas.
“It was quite a game, but we just weren’t able to get the tying goal,” Flames head coach Darryl Sutter said after the game. It takes a lot to end a series, our players continue to learn how difficult it is.
The Flames will be able to count on the presence in their training of defenseman Nikita Zadorov who, despite being checked at the head of a Stars forward, has not been suspended.
The NHL’s Department of Player Safety has determined that no additional sanction was necessary for this blow against Luke Glendening. However, the latter had to leave Friday’s meeting, in the second period, without being able to return to the game.