Flames Take Game 1

May 25, 2004

2004 Playoffs

The Calgary Flames beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1 in the opening game of the Stanley Cup Finals extending their road winning streak to five games.

"I think our focus is very good on the road. We don't have any distractions," Calgary defenseman Mike Commodore said. "We stick to our systems, we keep it simple. I think that's why. Maybe it's something else, I don't know, but when it comes right down to it, it's our focus."

"They're very skilled guys," Flames center Craig Conroy said. "Watching the last series, that was the difference and we just felt our penalty-kill's got to be the best it can be."

"A few of our guys were jittery at the start," Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella said. "We got a little frustrated at times."

"It is a must-win for us," Lightning captain Dave Andreychuk said. "We don't want to go to Calgary down 2-0. It wouldn't be the end of the world -- but we probably could see it."

Game Two is Thursday night in Tampa.

"We have to be aware they're not looking for a split," Andreychuk said. "Our desperation level has to get back to where it was. We have to be ready for their speed."

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