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Plucky breaks sink Flames

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:31 AM ET

In desperate need of some ugly goals, the only examples the Flames have seen are the ones going in on them.

Talk in the Calgary dressing room has revolved around getting more traffic in front of the opposition net, and getting some lucky bounces or rebounds for "ugly" scores to snap their offensive slump.

But the pivotal goal in last night's 4-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks was one fired from a bad angle that hit a body in front of the Flames net and trickled onto the goal-line past Miikka Kiprusoff.

Matthew Lombardi quickly scooped the puck away, and the referee initially made no indication as the Ducks celebrated their third goal of the game, credited to Corey Perry. A lengthy review determined the puck had inched over the line to give Anaheim a two-goal lead four minutes into the middle frame from which the home side would never recover.

Although the Flames once again held the advantage in shots, they couldn't generate enough quality scoring chances to creep back into the contest.

"It's not just about shots. We're getting shots but there's more that we have to do -- be more determined," said a frustrated captain Jarome Iginla, whose franchise record 804th regular-season game as a Flame was spoiled by the outcome.

"It's enough talking about other goalies stopping us and not making it hard enough on them."

Alex Tanguay opened the scoring 3:08 into the game thanks to a great backhanded pass from Iginla that set him up for an easy goal.

But Todd Marchant's third goal of the season cut the celebratory feeling short and sapped some of the life out of the building less than three minutes later.

"For a team that's supposed to be desperate and do things to win, we haven't displayed that," said Craig Conroy, displaying a black right eye and a couple of sets of stitches underneath after taking a high stick from a falling Perry in the first period.

"All of a sudden, they get one and we sit back and watch them for a while, and then come back again."

Ryan Getzlaf made a great move to set Chris Kunitz up for the go-ahead goal late in the period and Perry's fortunate bounce gave the defending Stanley Cup champions a much more comfortable lead before the halfway point.


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