After staving off elimination on Sunday night, the Calgary Flames now have a chance to eliminate the San Jose Sharks from the playoffs.
The two teams will battle in Game 7 tonight (8 p.m.) at the HP Pavilion in San Jose with the winner moving on to the next round.
“We’re both battling back and forth,” said veteran Calgary forward Craig Conroy. “It’s just a matter of who’s got it in them. We feel like we have a great group in here. It’s not time for this thing to be over yet.”
On Sunday at the Saddledome, captain Jarome Iginla said the Flames were energized to skate to the 2-0 victory because they didn’t want their season to end.
“It’s a different feeling and we realize they’ll be going through it themselves,” said Iginla, who leads the Flames with three goals and five assists through six games. “It’s going to be two desperate hockey teams where it literally is do or die.”
San Jose captain Patrick Marleau said the mindset for both teams will be the same.
“Winner moves on and the loser goes home,” said Marleau, who has two goals and four assists so far in the post-season. “We’ve got to come out with some desperation and intensity and be ready to play.”
For rookie Flames forward Eric Nystrom, this will be his first opportunity to suit up for a Game 7.
“This is what it’s all about,” Nystrom said. “This is what you play hockey for. It doesn’t matter where it is. Everybody’s jacked up for it.”
If the Flames win they’ll advance to face the Detroit Red Wings in the second round, while the Sharks will earn a matchup against the Dallas Stars with a victory.