We need to remember that, in an 82 game season, it is impossible for a team to "give it their all," or "get up" for every game. With the Flames being one of the top teams for the majority of the year, they are an opponent that teams definitely circle on their calendar and bring their A game....top goalies, top effort, etc, and consider them "statement" games like we do againt TB. That being said the Flames have continued to win, or at least be close in almost every game, while facing top competition that is bringing their A game.
The playoffs will be a different story with every team playing their top game, and I don't see a team other than TB that Calgary cannot beat in a 7 game series. Let's get there and beat TB this year like we should have in '04!