Flames looking to pressure Giguere, Ducks in Game 5
CALGARY, Alberta -- Anaheim goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere is really tough to solve. He's even tougher when he doesn't have to face many chances.
Anaheim Mighty Ducks
The Calgary Flames are looking to put more pressure on the talented Mighty Ducks goalie in Game 5 of their first-round series Saturday night. The series is tied 2-2 and Giguere's play has been ordinary, but Calgary hasn't generated enough chances to take advantage.
"They're a good defensive team," Flames forward Tony Amonte said. "When they're playing well, they limit you to perimeter shots and it's tough to get in on Giguere."
The Flames ranked 27th out of 30 teams in goals during the regular season, just one ahead of the Columbus Blue Jackets. And the last time Giguere was seen in the NHL postseason, he was winning the Conn Smythe trophy after backstopping the Mighty Ducks to within one victory of the 2003 Stanley Cup.
Amonte has one playoff goal after scoring a career-low 14 during the regular season. He said the Flames are going to have to work harder to score against Anaheim.
"[Giguere] is going to stop a lot of pucks, but we have to battle through and get to the rebounds, crash the net and bang in some ugly ones," Amonte said.
After missing Game 1 with a lower body injury, Giguere has allowed 10 goals on 76 shots for an .868 save percentage. Calgary's shots are going in -- the Flames just need more of them.
"We're definitely not shooting enough and it shows," Matthew Lombardi said. "Our style of game is getting those ugly goals. Going to the net, crashing the net, that's when we have success. We have to keep doing that and focus in on getting a lot of shots on net."
Anaheim defenseman Sean O'Donnell's goal 1:36 into overtime gave the Mighty Ducks a 3-2 win Thursday night. The Flames generated few chances in falling behind 2-0 after two periods and didn't seem to get going until Jarome Iginla scored 11 seconds into the third. Iginla scored his second goal three minutes later.
Flames coach and general manager Darryl Sutter is not surprised the series is tied. Although Calgary was ranked third in the Western Conference and Anaheim sixth, they were separated by only five points.
"It's a fine line," Sutter said. "If you look at the series, the first game was an overtime game, the second game is a one-goal game, the third game was 3-2 going into the third period, last night was 2-2 into overtime."
Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press
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