SUN Hockey Pool

Killer instinct missing

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 1:23 PM ET

COLUMBUS -- Don't let the scoreboard and shot clock fool you.

Calgary's 3-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets last night was a lot closer than the score suggests.

Closer thanks to a Flames powerplay that wasn't able to deliver a knockout punch.

In the second period alone, the Flames powerplay was on the ice for 8:36, more than a minute of which was spent five-on-three.

The Flames finished a dismal zero-for-eight on the night and have but one goal in 16 chances through the first two matches.

First-line centre Daymond Langkow knows that inefficiency will eventually catch up to the club.

"That's our job and if we're out there, we've got to get it done," he said. "I can't speak for everybody else but I know I definitely have got to be a lot better.

"If we're not, I'm sure we'll see others out there and we know that."

The powerless play isn't new to the team this fall, having struggled mightily throughout the pre-season.

Naturally, questions abound.

"It's hard to pinpoint," Langkow said. "When you're having success, you get asked the same question. It's little things. If we get shots on net, get screens and get the passes tape-to-tape, that will help a lot."

While GM/head coach Darryl Sutter admitted he was growing concerned with his scorers during last night's game, he isn't ready to panic.

"I was worried when (Jarome) Iginla had three or four great chances and our powerplay had three or four great chances and we didn't score," Sutter said.

"But it was good, it was fine."


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