COLUMBUS -- A lack of execution on the powerplay helped the Calgary Flames get executed last night.
And captain Jarome Iginla is the first to lay his head under the guillotine.
"We missed the net how many times? I missed the net like six times on great chances -- that's just not being sharp," said Iginla, whose count was pretty accurate as he was credited with exactly a half-dozen sent wide of the pipes in a 5-0 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.
"Good, glorious scoring chances, (powerplays) that you can get some momentum."
Back-to-back penalties by Kristian Huselius in the first period and two minor calls to another former Flame, Mike Commodore, in the third gave the Flames eight minutes of uninterrupted powerplay time to try and capitalize on.
Iginla was out there for an incredible 9:24 with the extra man. Todd Bertuzzi played 3:17 of the 12:43 available in his first game back since March 1. But Bertuzzi didn't want to talk about his return following the embarrassing loss.
They went zero for seven overall, averaging about two shots on goal per penalty.
Not including Iginla's misses.
He wasn't alone, but he sure upped the total.
"The chances were there, but the execution or the completion of the plays weren't finished. That means we missed the net completely," said head coach Mike Keenan.
"I don't know how many chances we had that I would say were just glorious opportunities to put the puck in the net. I would say it would probably be close to 10."
Iginla stood up, pointed the finger at himself, and said, "That's not acceptable.
"That's probably aiming it a little bit, trying to place it as opposed to being sharper, being better," he said. "I got great passes ... was in good positions, and I just kept missing the net."