Thursday, April 17, 2008

Regehr scolds underachieving Flames

CALGARY — They were so tantalizingly close, fewer than five minutes away from a 3-1 series lead which, as history proves, is about as sure a thing in NHL playoffs as Sean Avery making a spectacle of himself in a nationally televised game.

But the Calgary Flames let one slip through their fingers Tuesday night, turning a one-goal lead into a one-goal loss, and in doing so, enabling the San Jose Sharks to square this seesaw best-of-seven playoff series at two games apiece.

So far, it has had a little bit of everything: lead changes, momentum swings, gritty play, timely scoring and occasionally brilliant goaltending.

It's hard to know where it's going to go next, but yesterday, prior to their departure for San Jose, the Flames held a light workout and team meeting at the Pengrowth Saddledome, scene of their Black Tuesday meltdown, trying to regroup for the pivotal fifth game.

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