Dropped into a slippery series hole, frustrated by otherworldly netminding, playoff light growing ever dimmer, Michael Cammalleri insisted he isn't depressed.
He feels...well . . . fortunate. Blessed even.
"Our mindset is--we better thank our lucky stars that we're good enough to beat anybody, even down two-oh," Cammalleri said Saturday after the Calgary Flames fell 3-2--again--to the Chicago Blackhawks in the National Hockey League's first-round series. "We're not a team that's going to get buried. We've made it hard on ourselves. We would have liked for that not to have happened . . . but thank goodness this group is confident enough to beat anybody.
"We've got five games left-- we have to get four wins."
[five games? Um, probably not]
Countering that optimism with a dash of realism, here's a fun fact to gnaw on--Chicago, in franchise history, is 16-2 when winning the first two games of a series. Game 3 goes Monday in Calgary.
[also, statistically, if you lose the first two games at home, in 90% of the playoff series ever played...you are done.]