The euphoria didn't last long. Three days after snapping a seven-game winless streak with a
3-2 overtime win against San Jose, the Calgary Flames returned to their lacklustre post-Christmas form, putting up little fight in a 3-0 loss to the Ottawa Senators.
"That was embarrassing," said Jarome Iginla, echoing the feeling of more than 14,000 fans on hand at the Saddledome who booed the team as they left the ice.
"I don't blame the fans," Iginla said.
"How many scoring chances did we have the whole game? Three? Four? You're not going to win too many hockey games that way."
Iginla wasn't blameless, registering just one shot on net -- a weak, long slapshot in the first period Senators goalie Dominik Hasek stopped easily.
The Dominator turned away just 15 shots to register his first shutout as a Senator.
"I know this season hasn't gone the way we've wanted," Hasek said of an Ottawa team that sits 10th in the Eastern Conference. "Hopefully, this gives us the confidence to get back into the playoff picture."
Daniel Alfredsson, Todd White and Zdeno Chara scored for Ottawa.
Calgary opens a three-game road trip tomorrow in the Windy City.
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OTTAWA SENATORS: 3
CALGARY FLAMES: 0