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Losing gets boobirds singing

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:52 AM ET

A little birdie told the Calgary Flames it isn't happy with their offensive output.

Those would be boobirds.

As the Flames left the ice Monday night after a woeful 2-0 loss to the St. Louis Blues, the Saddledome faithful let them have it.

With good reason.

They've scored four goals in the past five home dates, and one tally in the last 180 minutes on home ice. Not exactly what the hockey fans of Calgary are paying to see.

The players heard it, and they aren't going to complain.

"It's tough but rightfully so," said winger Brandon Prust, who whiffed on a couple of chances to beat Blues backup goalie Ty Conklin but failed.

"We haven't put a lot of pucks in the net. Nobody is more frustrated than us.

"They will boo because that's what fans do. They want wins and they want goals. None of them is as frustrated as us right now."

The troubles at home go back even longer.

In the past 11 games at the Dome, the opposition lamp was lit only 15 times. That's a bit less than 1.5 goals per outing. Plenty of time in there to sit on the hands.

"It is hard," said captain Jarome Iginla, who has no goals in 11 games and last scored Jan. 2.

"These are tough times. We have good fans, and that's part of it. We know they're disappointed."

In his post-game news conference, Flames head coach Brent Sutter said he wasn't going to be negative.

He knows what is ailing his team and doesn't feel the need to pile on.

"We can't have anybody feeling sorry for themselves because no one is feeling sorry for us," Sutter said.

IAN.BUSBY@SUNMEDIA.CA


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