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Losses put damper on Flames

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 12:43 PM ET

One by one, the word of Canada's Olympic loss filtered throughout the Calgary Flames, putting a damper on yesterday's practice at Max Bell Centre.

"It's disappointing being a Canadian and having friends on that team but that's the way it goes. It's the Olympics," said Darren McCarty. "It's disappointing for every Canadian but over the years you've seen the parity with all the teams because it's the best players in the world."

Olympic gold dreams were dashed for Canadians Jarome Iginla and Robyn Regehr, as well as American defenceman Jordan Leopold. The Flames had the double disappointment of knowing their close buddies wouldn't achieve their goals.

"I've got good friends on that team, not only Iggy and Robyn but also Joe (Sakic) and (Rob) Blake," said Stephane Yelle. "It's too bad. I didn't get to see too many games but they struggled in the preliminaries and, in a one-game series, it's tough."

Flames GM/head coach Darryl Sutter said people shouldn't begin second guessing Canada's hockey system.

"It's a fine line between winning and losing," he said.


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