The Calgary Flames know exactly what the San Jose Sharks are thinking heading into Game 7 of their Western Conference quarter-final on Tuesday (CBC, CBCSports.ca 10 p.m. ET).
Two years ago, the Flames were favoured to dispatch the Anaheim Ducks in the first round of the playoffs, only to squander a 3-2 series lead by losing Game 6 on the road and Game 7 on home ice.
Fast-forward to this year and the second-ranked Sharks, who lost Game 6 at Calgary and now host the seventh-seeded Flames in a seventh game at HP Pavilion.
Similar situation. Same pressure.
"It did get to us back then," Flames captain Jarome Iginla said, talking about the pressure felt by Calgary in the Anaheim series.
"We went in there … and lost [Game 6] in overtime. It was deflating and we were coming back trying to regroup.
"We definitely did feel the pressure. As much as we hope that is the case in San Jose, the feeling is we're going to concentrate more on ourselves and just think of what we want to do."
Calgary is hoping the momentum generated by Sunday's impressive 2-0 victory will carry over into Game 7 — and beyond.
"Potentially, we know if we can get this game, it would be a huge boost going into Round 2," Iginla said. "To win a Game 7 would be a huge feeling, and not just to win it, but to come back from behind, down, and finding a way against the No. 2 seed and the hottest team would be a great feeling."
Iginla is the ideal player to have in a do-or-die match, someone who never gives up on a puck, said Hockey Night in Canada analyst Kelly Hrudey.
"This is what Jarome Iginla does on a regular basis," Hrudey said after Game 6. "There are a lot of great players in the game, a lot of superstars, but not everybody has the ability to make everyone around them better and he does that."
Right-winger Owen Nolan is another player who could tilt the momentum in Calgary's favour in Game 7. He netted the winning goal in Game 3 at home and opened the scoring on Sunday.
The Flames could use a repeat performance, this time on the road, where Nolan managed just five goals this season along with a minus-5 rating. He collected 11 goals and was plus-11 on home ice.
"He will go into those dirty zones to score goals because he knows what it takes to score them," HNIC analyst Gary Galley said of Nolan. "It puts a smile on my face when I see someone like that get those goals and get their team going."
The Flames put forth their finest effort to stave off elimination in Game 6, skating with confidence and conviction and outhitting and outchancing San Jose. Coach Mike Keenan took note, calling it "the most consistent effort we have had to this point."
"Was this a nearly perfect game by the Calgary Flames?" Hrudey asked broadcast partner Ron MacLean. "I've said all along when they put it together and when they're committed, they can be an excellent team. We just haven't seen it all the time."
19 Flames have Game 7 experience
Iginla would like to see more of the same on Tuesday, but realizes the Sharks will come out physical in their home rink.
Keenan could counter with a fourth line featuring Eric Nystrom, David Moss and Wayne Primeau. They played a big role in Sunday's win, both defensively and creating some scoring chances.
Nineteen members of the Flames have competed in a seventh game — the Sharks have 10 — and Keenan will set an NHL record Tuesday night by coaching his 10th sudden-death showdown.
Keenan, who is 5-4 in Game 7 situations, currently shares the mark of nine with Scotty Bowman, Pat Burns and Pat Quinn.
Calgary is 5-6 in Game 7s, including 3-2 on the road; San Jose is 3-2 in Game 7s — all on the road.
"We have a lot of guys who have been in positive situations, and won Stanley Cups," Iginla said. "Tangs [Tanguay] and [Stephane] Yelle have been in Game 7 in the Stanley Cup final, and Tangs had two goals and an assist. You draw on those things.
"We've been saying all series we believe we can win this. We put ourselves in the position, and now we want to go do it."
San Jose coach Ron Wilson told reporters following Game 6 that his players are mindful of what's at stake and have to play their game.
"We need to enjoy this seventh game," he said. "We need to go out and enjoy the atmosphere and play our game."
Sharks veteran centre Jeremy Roenick is expected to play Tuesday after being scratched for Game 6. Defenceman Kyle McLaren, however, will sit a second consecutive contest with a lower-body injury. He battled a sore knee for much of the regular season.