Sutter tight-lipped as Calgary Flames head to Dallas with sights on series clincher
Darryl Sutter isn’t about to reveal his plans for a potential series-clinching game,
but the Calgary Flames have won back-to-back playoff games with the coach taking from his forwards and giving to his defencemen.
Running 11 forwards and seven defencemen instead of 12 and six in two straight wins not only eased pressure on Calgary’s back end
but the mixing and matching of the forward lines threw a few wrinkles at a dense Dallas Stars defence.
Up three games to two in the best-of-seven conference quarterfinal, the Flames could close out the series
and advance to the second round of playoffs for just the second time in 17 years — with a Game 6 win in Dallas on Friday.
Stifled by the Stars and trailing 1-0 after two periods in Wednesday’s Game 5, Sutter threw forwards Andrew Mangiapane
Mikael Backlund and Blake Coleman together in the third period.