timberland online sale Calgary Flames focus on positives as losses pile up
There a dump of snow in the forecast for Calgary.
How that for a pick me up, Flames fans? The sky isn all that falling.
This certainly hasn been a warm and fuzzy stretch for the local hockey heroes. The Flames have now suffered six straight losses, the sort of cold funk a warm Chinook wind won fix.
As cool headed centre Matt Stajan acknowledged immediately after Thursday 7 4 bummer against the Tampa Bay Lightning: definitely feels like the walls are caving in on us right now, but it on us to get out of that. they root for one of the out of town teams, your hockey crazed co worker was probably in a miserable mood this week.
Dude, don hammer so hard on the stapler.
It was discouraging enough that the Flames had settled for four straight loser points between the bye week and the all star break dropping two in overtime and beaten twice more in the breakaway competition.
On Tuesday, they were two minutes shy of besting the NHL Western Conference leading Vegas Golden Knights when everything turned haywire. Fifty three seconds later, it was 4 2 for the bad guys.
For a couple of periods Thursday, the Flames looked every bit an equal to the Lightning, the top team in the overall standings. Trouble is, their all star goaltender Mike Smith had a rotten night his worst of the season in a 7 4 defeat.
It now been nearly three weeks since the Flames last notched a W a Jan. 14 triumph over the host Carolina Hurricanes.
Despite the string of setbacks, the Flames (25 18 18) woke up Friday just two points out of the final wildcard perch in the West.
don even think we in a funk really, protested Flames defenceman Dougie Hamilton. last two games, we could have or should have won. Even before that, it was all overtime games and shootouts, so they were all close. And before that, we won seven in a row.
not like we playing bad. We not getting dominated. It just the way hockey goes. forward Curtis Lazar: look at our past few games Sure, we haven been winning, but we done a lot I mean, A LOT of good things. I think that gets overlooked, because at the end of the day,
you do need to win in this league. this is a results based business, but the skating staffers at the Saddledome are certain the rewards are coming.
There were no emergency meetings Friday, no sacred ceremonies.
Flames head coach Glen Gulutzan didn try for a personal best distance on his stick toss.
can lean on your team when they winning. You can lean on your team when they losing and not competing, Gulutzan reasoned after Friday practice. think you stand behind your team when they playing hard and good hockey but they not getting results. That when you have to stay the course. You stand behind them, and you stand firm.
you dedicated to the process, then that an easy thing to do. If you going to get on the pendulum of wins and losses and I going to react, no matter how my team plays, to whether we win or lose? No matter how we play? Then that dangerous. That dangerous, because then you results based and not process based Then, when you a coach, your team doesn know where you stand.
no dummies in that locker room they all know what a good game looks like and what a bad game looks like. They know when they lucky to win, and they know when they should have won. If you swinging on a different pendulum than them, they figure that out pretty quick. the sky may have been falling Friday outside of the Saddledome walls, the consensus among the Flames seemed to be that they get things turned around pretty quick.
playing good hockey, I think, said Flames defenceman Michael Stone, dinged with a career worst minus 5 rating in Thursday loss to the Bolts. had two games where things didn go our way, and you can dwell on that stuff. When you doing enough good things to win hockey games, you just not winning you just have to keep pushing.
now, I think everybody realizes that we are doing good things. (Thursday) night, for example,
I didn feel like that result for the team or me personally was reflective of the way we played. But that something you just have to let go and move on.