Quick whistle extends Amonte slump

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:11 AM ET

Tony Amonte thought the drought was finally over.

The Calgary Flames forward is certain he saw his shot cross the goal-line during a first-period scramble Monday night against the Colorado Avalanche.

He was certain if the referee didn't see it, the video goal judge would and his prolonged goal-scoring slump would be mercifully over.

However, officials ruled the whistle had blown before the puck entered the net.

"It's just the way it's going," said Amonte, whose scoring drought has reached 19 games.

"I could see it was in but the ref was behind the net and couldn't get a good enough angle on it. It looked in on TV. But what are you gonna do? It's just the way it's going."

The non-goal was just the topper on a difficult day, which began with a meeting in the office of GM/head coach Darryl Sutter.

He, along with several other players, were admonished for a lack of offensive production.

"Darryl respects his players but demands the best out of you. I know he didn't feel he was getting the best out of myself and a few other guys and let it be known," Amonte said.

"I don't fault him for it."

Besides, he's not happy about how things have gone in his first season in Calgary. Amonte, having scored at least 20 goals in his last nine NHL seasons, heads into tomorrow's clash in Edmonton with 12 tallies.

Amonte made strides in Monday's game.

He didn't score but was buzzing around in the offensive zone with linemates Darren McCarty and Stephane Yelle.

"I was trying to be conscious of trying to hold the puck a bit longer and make something happen," Amonte said.

"Sometimes you've got to hold the puck a bit more, wait for a teammate to get open."

He believes his slump will end soon.

"It's gonna come. It's gotta," he said.

"My focus right now isn't going out there and scoring goals but going out and playing well. The goals will come that way."


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