Jarome Iginla scored his 10th playoff goal as the host Flames advanced to their first Cup finals in 15 years with a 3-1 victory over the Sharks on Wednesday. More...
Johnson: Home improvement
The wacky West finals have come down to this: If a team can win at home, it will advance to the Stanley Cup finals.
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|Canada rooting for a first Cup finalist in 10 years|
Canada is ready to celebrate its first Stanley Cup finalist in a decade. For the celebration to start at Game 6, the Flames will have to do something right at home.
|Flames regain lead as home ice stays sour|
Jarome Iginla got things started with a short-handed goal and Miikka Kiprusoff got his fourth shutout as the Flames beat the Sharks 3-0 in Monday's Game 5.
|Sharks suffer breakdown from blue line out|
From Rob Davison's step-slow skating to Kyle McLaren's half-hearted effort at a key point, the Sharks' blueliners had only themselves to blame for Monday's loss.
|Ratto: Flames barely flickering|
The Flames took control of the West finals in San Jose. The Sharks attacked in Calgary. Now it's the Flames' turn to prove the series isn't over.
|Sharks score four in second, drown Flames|
Jonathan Cheechoo and Vincent Damphousse scored 89 seconds apart during a four-goal second period as the Sharks beat the Flames 4-2 Sunday.
|Johnson: Second that emotion|
The Sharks and Flames going at it in Game 3 wasn't malicious. It was two young teams learning about the Stanley Cup playoffs.
|Team Canada calls both West finals captains|
Captains Jarome Iginla and Patrick Marleau learned Saturday that they'll be on Team Canada this summer, but they're both focused on the West finals right now.
|Home is where Calgary's pressure is|
Though Calgary claims its hometown fans are the NHL's best, that adoration has brought out the worst in the Flames recently.
|Nabokov, Sharks shut out Flames|
Evgeni Nabokov made 34 saves for his third shutout of the playoffs, and Alex Korolyuk had two goals and an assist in the Sharks' 3-0 victory over the Flames.
|Korolyuk: No hotdogging intended on EN goal|
Alex Korolyuk doesn't know the meaning of the word "hotdogging."
|Ratto: Sharks almost meat|
For the Sharks, winning four of the next five games isn't impossible. But here's why it seems that way.
|Ferraro: Calgary in control|
The Sharks need a huge turnaround in order to beat the Flames in the Western Conference final.
|Even the Flames seem surprised they're up 2-0|
Who expected the sixth-seeded Flames to be two wins from their first Cup finals in 15 years going into Game 3? "Nooooobody," Andrew Ference said with a grin.
|Just like that, Flames control game and series|
Like a flash Tuesday, the Flames took control of the game and the West final, scoring 20 seconds in en route to a 4-1 win over the Sharks and a 2-0 series lead.
|INCH: Praise Warren-ted|
Sharks goalie coach Warren Strelow watches two of his pupils duel in Western Conference final.
|Ratto: Sharks fans coming of age|
Once just happy to be hockey fans, Sharks followers are now eager to impress their Canadian counterparts.
|Flames aim for mere simmer|
Though Darryl Sutter enjoys full-tilt hockey as much as the next fan, the Calgary coach hopes the rest of the West finals is much less exciting than the opener.
|Montador scores in OT as Flames win opener|
Steve Montador scored 18:43 into OT and Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 49 shots in the Flames' 4-3 victory over the Sharks in Game 1 of the West finals Sunday.
|Sharks disappointed with result, not with effort|
For most of Game 1, the Sharks were the more aggressive team, creating chances and pressuring the Flames relentlessly. But it wasn't enough.
|Who knew? Flames, Sharks flourish in playoffs|
The Flames and Sharks have low payrolls, low-profile rosters and not much postseason experience -- yet here they are in the West finals, which start Sunday.
|Kiprusoff faces off against former team|
Nobody thought trading Miikka Kiprusoff to Calgary might haunt the Sharks come playoff time -- not Kiprusoff, and not the goalie he couldn't unseat in San Jose.
|Breakdown: Flames vs. Sharks|
Calgary is riding a wave of emotion, but injury problems and San Jose's timely power play should help the Sharks overcome the Flames.
|Johnson: The Big Hurt|
Note to Sharks forwards: Venture down Robyn Regehr's side of the ice and be prepared to enter a world of pain.
|Ratto: The hot topic|
Are Ron Wilson and Darryl Sutter sexy? If you're talking Sharks vs. Flames in the West finals they are.
|Sutter left lasting impression|
The Sharks still feel Darryl Sutter's influence, even while new coach Ron Wilson leads them to heights Sutter never reached.
|Sutter says he holds no grudges against Sharks|
Darryl Sutter says playing his former team in the Western Conference final is irrelevant.
|Goal spree, solid goalie lift Sharks in West|
Evgeni Nabokov stopped 28 shots, and the Sharks scored three goals in the second period to beat the Avs 3-1 in Tuesday's Game 6 and reach the West finals.
|Gelinas again clinches series for Flames in OT|
Martin Gelinas scored his second series-clinching OT goal of 2004 Monday, lifting the the sixth-seeded Flames to a 1-0 victory over the Red Wings.
|Johnson: The same but different ... very different|
Darryl Sutter may win coach of the year for his work in Calgary. But so may Ron Wilson, who replaced him in San Jose.