Coyotes extend Flames losing streak

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The Calgary Flames hosted the Phoenix Coyotes tonight, and despite a solid first period, they couldn’t score often enough to win the game. Wojtek Wolski scored on a zero-angle shot at 7:13 of the 2nd period and Martin Hanzal added a powerplay goal 5 minutes later to give Phoenix a 2-0 lead. Rene Bourque scored late in the 3rd period to bring the Flames within one goal, but it was too little and too late.

The flames played hard tonight but they couldn’t hold the puck on their sticks long enough to create much offensive pressure. The Coyotes played solid defensively, backstopped by Ilya Bryzgalov, and didn’t give up many chances to the Flames. When they did get a good shot on goal, Bryzgalov was calm and cool in the Phoenix net and kept his team ahead.

Calgary’s woes are nothing new. In fact, Flames fans are now so used to losing that they are starting to look ahead to the NHL draft next summer to see what kind of young talent they can bring in. The ones that aren’t looking to the draft are talking of trading Iggy and/or firing Brent Sutter. While I think both options may be a bit too much, the Flames do need to turn around their season soon. The turnaround will be a mental one and will come when the team learns to have fun instead of playing with their sticks tight in their hands. Surely Iggy needs to start playing up to his salary, and he needs to find a way to lead this team, but he won’t be able to lead the Flames by stressing out as he always does. As the captain, and top-paid player, getting the Flames in the right mental state is one of his big responsibilities.

Do you think he can do it? Leave a comment below.

About Greg Hounslow (558 Posts)

Greg is the founder of Red Mile Blog has been following the Flames through good times and bad since they arrived in Calgary in the early 80s. He has written hundreds of articles on the Flames since 2005 and considers himself an expert on hockey inconsistency and frustration. He shoots right and usually plays defence, but has been known to jump up in the rush. He is a 2-time CAHL men's league champion and knows the sweet taste of beer from a Cup.


  • Anonymous

    How appropriate is it that we’re looking for a high draft pick in the weakest field of recent years? The Flames can’t catch a bounce or avoid drawing the short straw no matter what they do.

    • http://redmileblog.com Greg @ Red Mile Blog

      It’s the irony of the Flames organization. Right when we’re at our peak, there’s a lockout. Then we stay with a big, bruising, clutch and grab team in the “new NHL” and watch everyone else light it up while we spent millions on defence. We have some guys that can play, but they don’t seem to be able to play together. Ugh.

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