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Fast-start club troubled by lacklustre finish

RANDY SPORTAK

, Last Updated: 9:07 AM ET

EDMONTON -- Last season's Flames had trouble getting out of the blocks.

They seem to have found a solution this year, but now have a problem finishing the job.

Last night's 3-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers marks the third time this season the Flames have failed to hold on to a two-goal, first-period lead. And it's only five games into the campaign.

It's no coincidence they're sporting a 1-3-1 record.

"It's something we have to address because that's the cardinal sin," said Flames' Michael Cammalleri. "You want to be a team that when it gets up, gets a lead, you're able to go for the jugular and bury teams. You want to not give them a sniff. I can't right now analyse exactly what it is, but for sure, we need a more sound game in our own end."

"You've got to play smart when you have the lead," said Craig Conroy. "Don't turn the puck over, try not to give them momentum, don't take penalties. It's a frustrating thing."


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