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No fun for Flames

STEVE MACFARLANE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:18 AM ET

CALGARY -- Looking back, even just a couple of days into their past, is painful.

Packing up their personal belongings less than 48 hours after the 5-3 loss to the San Jose Sharks in Game 7 of their first-round playoff series, the Calgary Flames weren't all that interested in playing the 'coulda, woulda, shoulda' game.

"No, that's painful. It really is," said defenceman Adrian Aucoin.

"Any level of sports, that's one of those sayings that really kicks you in the butt."

Aucoin has had a frustrating few days, knowing how close his Flames came to moving on to the second round.

"You think once it's over you kind of sit back, relax and sleep, but it hasn't really been that easy," he said. "Just frustrating."

Minds racing to try and determine what went wrong, Aucoin's teammates are probably having trouble relaxing, too.

"I don't know. I wish I had an explanation. Maybe it is consistency," said winger Alex Tanguay.

"The team that was the most consistent all year found a way to be more consistent in the playoffs.

"We're still upset. We'd still like to be playing. Especially (Friday night) when we're going to see them jump on the ice, it's going to be a little hard for us. But it's part of the game.

"They played better than us in Game 7, they won."


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