First-round breakdown: Hawks-Flames
About six weeks ago, you would have looked at the Calgary Flames as one of those teams that had the wherewithal to knock off one of the Western Conference's twin juggernauts, Detroit or San Jose. The Flames boasted veteran experience, quality goaltending, toughness and skill.
But as the Flames choked up a huge lead in the Northwest Division and fell to fifth in the conference during the last week of the regular season, they now look like an emotionally fragile team afraid of its own ...
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2009 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS
The Stanley Cup playoffs kick off Wednesday. Scott Burnside, Pierre LeBrun and the rest of our NHL team preview the first round: