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Wiped from the memory

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 1:29 PM ET

The Calgary Flames don't score more than three or four goals very often.

When they do, they usually come away with at least a point.

Monday night in Edmonton, though, they lost a heartbreaker 5-4 thanks to Fernando Pisani's winner with 45 seconds left in regulation.

Defensive breakdowns and a relentless Oilers attack in the third period led to the disappointing defeat after the Flames took a two-goal lead 6:21 into the second period. Frustration was obvious in the dressing room at Rexall Place as the Flames did their version of a fire drill, eager to leave the scene of the crime after their northern rival stole two points from them to draw even in the Northwest Division standings.

The Flames have since succumbed to a case of intentional amnesia -- the perfect remedy for the bitter taste of a tough loss.

"Last night's over," blueliner Rhett Warrener said yesterday. "If we're going to talk about last night, we might as well talk about two years ago. It's in the past, it's over."

The ability to quickly forget a loss isn't something the Flames have had to use very often since the first month of the season. The team has dropped just three decisions in regulation since the end of October.

So while pundits attempt to explain why goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff had a poor outing, or how it's possible Warrener found himself on the ice for four Oiler goals Monday night, the Flames are moving on.

There are potential points awaiting them with the Los Angeles Kings in town tonight (7 p.m.).

"There are a lot of things we need to do better and we were told about it today," Warrener said, alluding to the system-specific practice at the Saddledome yesterday morning.

"You have rough nights. We don't want to play that way and we know we've got to play better but there's also a team coming here (tonight) we've got to worry about and get ready for. I think that's got to be our focus."

Kiprusoff is taking the same approach.

"It's past now and we have to look forward to L.A.," said the goaltender with a reputation for bouncing back after poor showings.

"It wasn't our greatest game. I'm really not happy with my game there but we learn, watched some tapes. It was a tough loss, big game. We have to win (today)."


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