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Pace picks up for Flames, Sharks

May 16, 2004

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— When Team Canada's roster for the World Cup of Hockey was announced Saturday, Jarome Iginla and Patrick Marleau found out they would be spending part of the summer together.

Both captains have other things on their minds, though: the upcoming back-to-back games that could determine the course of the Western Conference finals.

Iginla's Calgary Flames play host to Marleau's San Jose Sharks in Game 4 this afternoon.

Shortly after the final buzzer, both teams will fly to California for Game 5 Monday night.

That's two critical playoff games in about 32 hours -- not an ideal situation for either team.

"You'd always like to have a bit more time between games, but we'll be prepared for whatever happens," Iginla said. "This is a big chance for us to hopefully take control of the series, if we're lucky enough to play well."

Calgary coach Darryl Sutter has watched the players' development during his time in charge of both teams.

"That's great for them, because it's an evolution for them," Sutter said. "They're different types of players, but now they've elevated themselves to that level for their country. That's great."

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