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Calgary Flames Advance to Second Round of Stanley Cup Playoffs

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The little team that could still can.  The Calgary Flames advanced past the Vancouver Canucks on their way to the Conference Semi-Finals.  It marks the first time that the Flames have advanced past the first round of the playoffs since their run to the Stanley Cup Finals.  Matt Stajan scored the game winning goal while Jiri Hudler and Michael Ferland adding empty netters to ice the game.

This day was never supposed to come for this year's Flames.  With an average height less than 185 CM they were supposed to be too small.  With an average weight just over 89 KG they weren't supposed to be though enough.  With a score adjusted Corsi percentage of 44.3 they weren't supposed to be good enough.

None of that matters as the Flames are advancing into the second round.  They'll take on the Anaheim Ducks where the Flames will face the additional tribulation of not being rested enough.  It may not matter.

This team has Magically overcome every negative mantra thrown their way to find success this season.  They were already playing with house money just by entering the playoffs.  Now Anaheim gets to see just how tough the Flames really are.