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The Sinking Calgary Flames

from Eric Francis of Sportsnet,

Someone forgot to tell the Flames you’re supposed to search for eggs on Easter Sunday, not lay them.

That’s what the Flames did in the third period of a game they led the Toronto Maple Leafs midway through before allowing three straight goals in a 4-2 loss – their seventh in the last eight games.

They pulled the same stunt two nights earlier in Edmonton where they also turned a 2-2 tie into a third-period loss.

Rinse and repeat for a rudderless Flames club that sits closer to last place in the division (five points ahead of Ottawa) than it does to fourth place Montreal, which has a six-point cushion with five games in hand....

Asked if this team, as constructed, simply isn’t good enough to win with, Darryl Sutter was frank.

“You’ve got to play at a pace in order to keep up, and you have to be able to execute at that pace and check at that pace, and for some of our players that’s difficult,” said Sutter, whose club is now 5-8 under his guidance and bracing for an inevitable sell-off of spare parts before next Monday’s trade deadline.

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