That's no way to 'play

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:18 AM ET

The Calgary Flames lamented the blown opportunities on the powerplay.

Likewise, the chances missed in the shootout.

Michael Cammalleri was part of both crowds, but amidst the fallout from last night's 3-2 shootout loss to the Florida Panthers, the Flames centre found an even bigger culprit.

"Some of us played better than others. I wasn't one of those," he said before listing a handful of forwards who had strong games, such as Rene Bourque, Curtis Glencross, Matthew Lombardi, David Moss and Andre Roy.

"They were giving us what we needed, but I don't think all of us were great to start.

"A lot of guys did what they needed to do for us to win. I just don't think it was all of us."

Now, the Flames (16-11-3) are in the midst of a three-game losing skid, although the last two defeats came with a single point.

The Flames are now 8-16 all-time in games that go to a shootout. Maybe it's a good thing they waited until the 30th game of the season to enter a shootout contest, the last team in the league this year to do so.

"We had our chances in overtime and in the third, and we just didn't capitalize in the shootout. That was the difference," said Bourque, who scored both of Calgary's goals in regulation but couldn't convert in the showdown.

"It would have been nice (to score in the shootout). What can you do?"

For starters, the Flames could have shown more jump to start the game.

Whether it was the snowstorm that blanketed Calgary, the blahs from playing the first home game after an extensive road trip or simply because they didn't want to hit high gear while the building was half-empty -- road conditions made for a lot of late arrivals -- the Flames were sluggish out of the gates.

Most of them, at least.

Had it not been for goalie Miikka Kiprusoff, the visiting Panthers -- now victors in five straight road games -- could have made the decision a done deal very early.

Once most of the announced Saddledome crowd of 19,289 found their seats, Bourque scored his first when a pass intended for Lombardi bounced off the stick of Florida forward Stephen Weiss and past goalie Tomas Vokoun.

However, a late first-period goal by Kamil Kreps -- the sixth shorthanded tally surrendered by the Flames this season -- and an early second-period strike by Panthers defenceman Jay Bouwmeester, put the hosts behind.

Bourque finished off a pretty pass from Curtis Glencross to even the score shortly after Calgary had fallen behind, but the Flames couldn't solve Vokoun the rest of the way.

A pair of unsuccessful third-period powerplays gave them plenty of opportunity. Calgary fired 17 shots on goal in the final period.

"Our power play, unfortunately, hasn't been as good as it should be in the last three or four games," captain Jarome Iginla said. "We're going to have some time to get back to it and work at it. We know it's a key part of the game, and it could have been a difference-maker again tonight."

Bourque, Iginla and Cammalleri all failed to score in the shootout. Cammalleri's shot rang off the post.

"I guess an inch the other way, a little more inside the post, it's probably a goal," he said. "I don't try to think too much on those, just come down and if I see something, I'll shoot. If not, I'll try to make a move to make him open up. I saw something, shot it and hit the post."

Weiss was the only player to convert in the shootout, which gives him the game-winner in three straight for the Panthers (14-12-3).

The Flames are back in action Tuesday in St. Louis.


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