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Power-play Flame-out

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:27 AM ET

CALGARY -- In the aftermath of Friday night's 3-2 shootout loss to the Florida Panthers, the Calgary Flames were pinning much of their loss on the power play.

Moreso, the lack of powerplay success.

Five times the Flames had the man advantage against the Panthers. Five times, they came up empty.

Head coach Mike Keenan admitted that inability to convert cost them the game -- especially a couple of third-period opportunities.

Yet, he opted to credit the performance of Florida goalie Tomas Vokoun when asked what was the problem with his charges.

"We had lots of chances. Their goaltender was really strong. We had glorious chances," he said. "Give them credit."

Problem being, the Flames power play sputtered all week.

In the last four contests, the Flames have scored just one goal over 16 chances. It hasn't cost them just one game, but quite possibly all three during their current losing skid.

Revisit Wednesday's 4-3 overtime loss in Detroit. One goal on five chances and only four shots on net. When the score was tied 3-3 late in the third period, a two-minute power play went for naught.

The night before in Montreal finished with a 4-1 loss, but the Flames had back-to-back chances in the third period when they were within a pair of goals. A tally or two at that point could have made a major difference.

SEARCHING

"We haven't really had much practice time with our schedule lately," said Michael Cammalleri. "We haven't had a chance to work on it too much, but we're definitely searching a bit right now.

"It's hard to pinpoint, but I think at this point it's best to try and outwork four penalty killers with five powerplay guys, the rest will take care of itself."


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