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Flames Not Battling Enough

from Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald,

First, the Pittsburgh Penguins beat them 2-0. Then, on Thursday, the Columbus Blue Jackets blanked them 5-0.

“It’s frustrating to get embarrassed like that,” spat defenceman Adrian Aucoin. “Tonight in particular. We lost every battle. Power play. Penalty kill. Even strength.

“We just didn’t make the easy plays. We didn’t play as five-man units out there. They really exploited us for it.”

Fellow defenceman Robyn Regehr offered up a similar assessment.

“We got out played in every area tonight,” he said. “It comes down to work. They out-played us on the penalty kill. The power play. Even strength.

“We’re just losing way too many battles. One –on-ones. In front of the net. Everywhere.”

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Bertuzzi Expected Back Tonight

According to Vicki Hall of Flames Insider, Todd Bertuzzi will be in the lineup tonight when the Flames meet the Blue Jackets.

“It feels pretty good,” Bertuzzi said, slipping the brace off his left leg. “I’ve practised a couple of times pretty hard, and I’m no worse for wear.

“Looking forward to getting back in,”

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Flames Need Urgency Back In Their Game

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

Turns out you can quantify effort.

In the aftermath of last night’s 3-2 defeat to the St. Louis Blues, Flames head coach Mike Keenan had the proof in black and white.

“Probably the most telling stat for me tonight, and it is a compliment of the effort of all the players on St. Louis’ side, is they had 24 blocked shots to our six,” Keenan said. “If you look at that statistic, it’s pretty telling about A) their effort, and B) their desperation to win a game.

“I think they came out with that determination certainly in the third period when we had taken the momentum of the game away from them. They established their game and pushed us out of our game.”

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Flames Need To Think Defense

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

“I don’t know what’s going on,” said left winger Curtis Glencross amidst the fallout of Saturday’s ugly defeat.

“It’s obviously something we have to go back to the drawing board about, do a lot of video the next few days, and get back to the old game we played.

“We’re giving up too many scoring chances, and that’s the biggest problem. You’re not going to win if you keep giving up too many scoring chances.”

Remember how well they played after digging out from the mid-November debacle in San Jose? A major part of that turnaround was a commitment to defence.

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Flames Team Still ‘Developing’

from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

Flames general manager Darryl Sutter made bold moves at the NHL trade deadline in landing centre Olli Jokinen and defenceman Jordan Leopold. He was hopeful the additions would push Calgary into the elite of the Western Conference alongside the Detroit Red Wings and San Jose Sharks.

But Sutter’s splash has barely resulted in a ripple in the win column. While Jokinen has swelled his statistics with eight goals and 10 points in six games with the Flames, including a three-goal, two-assist effort in an 8-6 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre last Saturday, Calgary has only two wins in the six games since the March 4 trade deadline.

Even Flames head coach Mike Keenan was scratching his head when queried as to whether his team was ready to challenge the Wings or Sharks for the conference title when the playoffs begin next month.

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Kennan Blames Himself For Starting The Wrong Goalie

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

The Calgary Flames head coach pulled No.-1 netminder Miikka Kiprusoff early in the third period of last night’s 8-6 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs, which should come as no surprise with the way the netminder was faring.

However, even though Kiprusoff allowed six goals on 22 shots, Keenan blamed himself for the goalie’s sub-par performance.

“He’d like to have a better game, I’m sure, but I think it was my fault for even playing him tonight because of what he had to go through and the work he had last game,” Keenan said.

“I take full credit for probably starting the wrong goaltender.”

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Flames Prove They Can Play With Any Team

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

As outlined in a handful of player meetings leading up to the game, the Flames not only wanted to stop a three-game slide, they knew this was their chance to prove to themselves, the Wings and the league they could skate with anybody.

The comments from the hosts following the game revolved around the relentless forecheck and aggression of the Flames, which eventually wore them down in a third that saw the road-weary visitors outshoot the Wings a stunning 17-2.

While that aggressiveness should have cost them the game, it ultimately won it for them, setting the tone for a playoff mentality that should see the even bigger, faster Flames focus on physically punishing whomever they play.

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Flames Make A Statement

from Craig Custance’s Blog at the Sporting News,

And the final result was a statement game. Jarome Iginla wouldn’t call it that, but I will. The Red Wings offense threw everything it could at the Flames (45 shots in all) and the Flames left Joe Louis Arena with two points.

“It’s a big one,” Iginla told SportingNews.com. “We’re just trying to get ourselves going and get back momentum. A game like this, we knew before coming into it, when you’re in a little bit of a drought to be able to play the best - if you can come out with a win, it’s a huge boost.”

And don’t forget the playoff implications of a win like this.

“There’s a good chance you’re going to have to go through Detroit,” Iginla said. “This is a big game for us.”

more on the Flames shootout win over Detroit.

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Crazy Game Tonight- Flames vs. Detroit

Wings take a 4-2 lead late into the 3rd period, Flames score 3 goals a little over 2 minutus apart to take a 5-4 lead.  Wings tie it up late to force OT.

Flames win in a shootout.

Check the shots on goal and full boxscore at TSN.

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Concern In Calgary

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

Two straight losses to clubs sitting outside the playoff picture can bring about a reaction from the fans.

The Flames can understand a bit of panic on the snowy and cold streets of Calgary these days.

In the room?

“No, not yet, anyway,” said defenceman Jim Vandermeer after yesterday’s practice in preparation for tonight’s clash with the New Jersey Devils.

“There’s definitely concern, but we still know we’re a good team. These kind of things happen. We lost a couple of guys and have to work some guys in, so I think it’s working out the kinks.

“It’ll take a bit of time, but to make it as short of a time as possible, we all have to bear down.”

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