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Powerplay continues to short-circuit

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:19 AM ET

Just one powerplay goal could have made all the difference.

Instead, the Calgary Flames failed to score during seven man-advantage situations last night against the Phoenix Coyotes -- and it cost them two points.

"Those are opportunities to win games that we were squandering," said defenceman Rhett Warrener after the 2-0 loss at the Saddledome.

In the first period, the Flames had five opportunities to blow the Coyotes away like tumbleweeds. A couple of more came in the second.

The Flames mustered just five shots during those seven powerplays, setting the stage for Mike Ricci to break a 0-0 deadlock in the third period.

Flames captain Jarome Iginla said the team must learn to score timely goals.

"As bleak as the powerplay's been," Iginla said, "there has been some positives we'll take and try to turn this around."

Credit the eternal optimist for seeing a half-full glass but the cold, hard stats don't offer much to smile about.

In seven games, the Flames have scored three goals on 45 powerplay opportunities.

New York Ranger Jaromir Jagr has six powerplay goals all by himself.

Flames GM/head coach Darryl Sutter threw out nearly as many powerplay combinations as the Lotto 6/49 can come up with yet nothing worked.

"It's movement, it's shots, it's confidence," Iginla said.

"We can do it and we will."


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