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The Flames lost to the San Jose Sharks in the 2008 Conference Quarter Finals.
The Calgary Flames are a professional ice hockey team based in Calgary, Alberta. They play in the National Hockey League (NHL)
2004 Playoff Run
After seven consecutive seasons out of the playoffs, the Flames returned to glory in 2004, surprising the hockey world by defeating all three Western Conference division champions to become the first Canadian team in a decade to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. The Flames' first victim was the Northwest Division winners, the 1994 finalist Vancouver Canucks, in seven games. It was the Flames' first playoff series win since 1989. Then, they shocked the Detroit Red Wings, who had garnered the league's best record that season, in six games. After eliminating the Pacific Division champs, the San Jose Sharks, in six games in the Western Conference finals, the Flames earned a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals to face the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C. flew the Flames flag beside the Maple Leaf, as did San Jose's city hall (after the Sharks lost the series, the Mayor of San Jose [as the losing side in a personal bet with Calgary's mayor] declared his city hall the world headquarters of Flames fans.) The final series went to seven games, with the Flames suffering a controversial non-goal in game six at home. After winning game 6 in double overtime, Tampa Bay Lightning went on to hold the Flames to only 7 shots in the first two periods in game 7. The Flames went on to a late surge, but it was too little too late as they lost game 7 on June 7, 2004 by a score of 2-1. Both of Tampa Bay's goals were scored by Ruslan Fedotenko. Interestingly, all of Calgary series-winning goals during the playoffs were scored by Martin Gelinas. He also "scored" what many Flames fans believed was the go-ahead goal late in game 6, although the officials did not signal it a goal, and the play was not reviewed. In subsequent replays, however, it was never conclusively proven a goal. Prior to the 2005-06 season, Gelinas left the Flames for the Florida Panthers as a free agent.
The Calgary Flames were defeated by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in seven games during the first round of the playoffs, despite a Vezina and William M. Jennings Trophy-winning performance by goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff.