Flames Win West

May 19, 2004

2004 Playoffs

The Calgary Flames advanced to the Stanley Cup finals with a 3-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks in Game Six of the Western Conference finals.

"You never know when this opportunity is going to come again in your life," Flames captain Jarome Iginla said. "You'd like to think it's going to happen every year ... but we know that's not the case. You have to grab it when it comes."

"[Overtime goals] are too hard on my heart," Martin Gelinas said. "It was good to get it out of the way early. ... When we started the season, we knew we had a gritty team that worked hard, and our goal was to make the playoffs. To say that we were going to get the Stanley Cup, that's hard to believe."

"We just didn't have good luck this time," Sharks center Vincent Damphousse said. "We've got a lot of breaks in the playoffs, but I guess our luck just ran out."

Calgary will play either Tampa Bay or Philadelphia in the Stanley Cup finals.

"You never pictured this in your wildest dreams," Calgary's Craig Conroy said. "Everything about this season has just been too good to be true."

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