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Dynamic duo awful in Illinois

STEVE MACFARLANE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:11 AM ET

CHICAGO -- Those career nights seem like they took place last year.

Technically, they did.

Jarome Iginla and Michael Cammalleri are just two games removed from their five-point outings on New Year's Eve.

Last night's ugly performance in Chicago during a 5-2 loss to the Blackhawks made those good times seem even further in the past.

Iginla finished with a helper on Daymond Langkow's third-period powerplay goal, but his minus-4 rating told a different story.

His linemate, Cammalleri, went pointless and shared that team-low plus/minus mark. Both were frustrated after being outmatched by 'Hawks forwards Martin Havlat, Andrew Ladd and Dave Bolland.

"To not be able to help our team win the game was frustrating for us, and something that we're probably going to try and forget about pretty quick and get back on it," said Cammalleri, who was noticeably upset as he packed up to hit the showers after talking to the media.

"I don't know. It seemed like every time they had (the puck), they had time to make a play and had a couple of different options to move the puck to," Cammalleri continued.

"It was tough to really check them.

"And we weren't really controlling the puck ourselves."

Iginla's disappointment wasn't as obvious, but he had to be stewing inside.

"It's tough to take," said the Flames captain.

"We're looking at our line, and we know we should have been a lot better for the team (last night) and got outplayed by Havlat's line."

They weren't the only Flames stars to look bad.

In fact, the only one to look great was goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff, and he was pulled mercifully by head coach Mike Keenan after two periods.

Flames star defenceman Dion Phaneuf was a minus-3, and his giveaway led directly to the 'Hawks' shorthanded winning goal in the second period.

But Iginla and Cammalleri were also off their game one day earlier against the Nashville Predators. Iginla didn't even record a shot in that game, which was a 3-2 win by the visiting Flames.

"They already expressed how they felt about their play," said Keenan of his star players. "They're proud individuals. We need them to come back now and respond for our next game.

"They both would admit that they've had better nights."


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