The Flames Factor: Calgary a Difference-Maker in the Playoffs

November 30th, 2009 by Daniel Sallows Leave a reply »
The Calgary Flames haven't had a very good track record in the playoffs over the past four seasons.

Let's face it, they have been about as successful as a new Kevin Costner flick.

That being said, the Flames have made a difference—even in their four consecutive first-round exits.

No team to play Calgary in the first round of the playoffs over the last four seasons has made it into the Stanley Cup finals, despite having well over 100 points, and in Detroit's (2007) and San Jose's (2008) cases, they were favoured to win.

Meeting the Flames has truly been a kiss of death when it comes to top-seeded teams playing them in the opening round.

So, what gives exactly?

Well, simple, Calgary is known for their hard-nosed physical brand of hockey; they basically wear teams down after a tough fought seven-game series.

They are the Randy Coutures of the NHL playoffs, losing more than they win in their old age but putting up a tough, punishing fight 'til the end.

It is enough to take its toll on even the best of hockey teams. Just ask the Ducks, Wings, Sharks, and Blackhawks players—all of whom hav ...

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