Goal woes hurt team

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary

, Last Updated: 12:49 PM ET

PHILADELPHIA -- Two blankings in four games.

Not exactly what you were expecting from the Calgary Flames in the new, high-flying, run-and-gun NHL.

Calgary will finish no worse than .500 on its current road trip. They have a 2-1-1 mark going into the sojourn's finale tonight against the New Jersey Devils but there is some unsettled feelings about the lack of production.

They have just six goals in four games.

Plus, there's a collection of players struggling to light the lamp. Among them is Chris Simon, who's gone 13 games without a goal.

"We've got to score. We've got to get some scoring from our line and the third and fourth lines have to put some pucks in the net, especially in grind-it-out games like this where it's really defensive," he said after last night's 1-0 shootout loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. "We've got to do something more."

Simon's not alone in the land of the slumps.

Stephane Yelle's only goal came in the season opener. Shean Donovan's been blanked in 26 games.

Even Jarome Iginla has gone nine games without a goal, an eternity for a two-time Rocket Richard Trophy winner.

And the only formula they know to end the woes includes hard work as the first ingredient, Simon said.

"I believe you keep working and it's going to get better," said the big winger whose two goals on the season came in the same game. "I know I've worked my (butt) off in practice and try to score as much as I can doing things the way I would in a game. Hopefully it's going to carry over."

At least, he says, the Flames are winning more often than not.

"It's gonna come," Simon said. "The chances are there. I know you've got to get a bit of luck but I still believe you've got to work harder for your luck. That's how you create your chances and luck hard work."


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