Nope, that's pretty much what old time hockey is all about. Mind you, if any blood is shed, it will only be noticeable on the Lightning white's (for obvious reasons). Hopefully that doesn't give the Lightning an unfair advantage officiating-wise -- we want a fair game now, right? Right?
The "C of Red" will be out in full force and I believe that it may have an impact on the game. For whatever reason, I think Calgary's going to come out tenative today. TB scores in the first five minutes. They continue to come hard for the remainder of the 1st.
Calgary turns it up in the 2nd and 3rd, but can't beat Khabibulin. TB takes it 2-0.
Well if Tampa continues to whine to the media like the Van...err, Toronto Maple Leafs, it will be difficult.
Ah, yes. thanks for the reminder that bad sportsmanship is "just hard-nosed playoff hockey"(in Calgary) or retaliation for being picked on by noted tough guys Martin St. Louis, Brad Richards, and Cory Stillman.
Is it just me or do the Flames remind anyone of the Miami Hurricanes football program? Good team that has difficulties with losing graciously.
tailgaiting in the saddledome parking lots started around 2 or 3 mountain time, 3 or 4 hours before game time. I heard on the radio that there is people with a giant flames flag on top of an office building with a hanging effigy of a lightning player. You havn't seen nothin' yet
eh, crowds arn't that big of an intimidation. Their bigger use is to pump up the home squad. On a sidenote, I was amazed by Auld in game 6 of the first round in Calgary. He had 18000 people standing up, chanting "Auld" and pointing at him with 18000 thundersticks in unison for most the game and he was completely unfazed. For an AHL player/rookie/3rd stringer, thats pretty awesome.
I am actually psyched for this game. I am very happy for the City of Calgary, and the fans in that city.
3-2 TB in 2 OT's. This is a key game. The Lightning has been able to to fashion a 5-2 record on the road, and in cities like Montreal and Philadelphia, whose fans are easily as passionate as the the Flames fans are.
This is a game where Khabby steals one and Richards scores the OT winner.