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Iggy hoping sin-bin barrage over

STEVE MACFARLANE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:01 AM ET

Jarome Iginla calls them "brain lapses."

The eight minor penalties his Calgary Flames took Tuesday night in a 6-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets would have been called a lot worse had the Flames lost because of the lack of discipline that is creeping back into their game.

It's another of those 'bad habits' the Flames are trying to correct under new guidance.

"We weren't smart there, penalty wise," said Flames captain Jarome Iginla. "It was just one of those nights. We don't blame the referees. We just made mistakes and took penalties and allowed them to get back into the game."

Head coach Brent Sutter didn't have a great deal to complain about in a game his team dominated during five-on-five play.

All three Blue Jackets goals came on special teams -- one shorthanded and the next two during a five-on-three Flames disadvantage and the leftover five-on-four time less than a minute apart in the opening minutes of the second period.

The last two tied the game at 3-3 and put the final result in doubt for the first time.

"Too many penalties," said Sutter. "We gave up two powerplay goals there right in a row ... gave them momentum."

"We shot ourselves in the foot," winger Freddie Sjostrom said. "We had a talk in the second intermission there. We can't keep doing that. If we keep taking penalties, we're going to lose the game."

They took two more in the late stages of the middle frame, handing the Jackets nearly two full minutes with a two-man advantage.

Killing it off -- a chunk of it before the intermission discussion, and another half to open the third period -- might have made the difference in the game.

But the trend is a scary one with the Flames giving up five of their last eight goals against with someone in the sin bin.

"That's not how you win games," said Sjostrom. "We can't be sitting in the box."


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