Same old story in Flames loss

Calgary Flames' Miikka Kiprusoff ducks out of the way on a shot as Dallas Stars' Mike Morrow....

Calgary Flames' Miikka Kiprusoff ducks out of the way on a shot as Dallas Stars' Mike Morrow. (REUTERS/Jack Cusano)

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:25 AM ET

Too many missed opportunities to take a commanding lead.

Too many blown powerplay chances.

Too much of the same-old story for the offensively challenged Calgary Flames.

On a night they once again outplayed, outchanced and outshot the opposition, the flickering Flames were done in by their inability to bury their chances in the 3-1 loss to the Dallas Stars Thursday night.

"We've got to find ways to score goals," said captain Jarome Iginla, the lone Calgary player to light the lamp.

"We've got to be good defensively, good in our own zone, and we have been for a long time, but we're capable of scoring more goals in here. We can't expect to win consistently 1-0 or 2-1 all the time.

"Kipper (goalie Miikka Kiprusoff) is playing great. He couldn't be playing any better. It's the best I've seen him play and he's had some amazing years, but we've got to find ways to score more."

Calgary (29-23-9) remains in eighth spot in the Western Conference standings, but having lost three straight, sits only two points ahead of a trio of squads.

Among those teams are the Stars (27-21-12), who won three of the four meetings this season, including both before sellout Saddledome crowds of 19,289.

After receiving his silver stick before the game for reaching the 1,000-game plateau -- as did Daymond Langkow -- Iginla opened the scoring late in a one-sided first period with a gift of a goal.

Iginla went to the net, but lost control only to see Stars captain, and soon-to-be Olympic teammate Brenden Morrow fire the puck into his own net when he tried to clear it from harm's way.

The Flames had enough scoring chances to be at least two or three goals ahead of the Stars, especially when you consider the five powerplay chances they had through the first two periods, but couldn't manage to beat Marty Turco for more, and paid for it.

Goals by Mike Ribeiro and Jamie Benn made it another disappointing defeat at the Saddledome.

"We have to find a way to score. It's getting old again," said head coach Brent Sutter.

"It's the same thing we've talked about for a long time. We're having a hard time scoring."

The Flames thought they had tied the game with a half-minute remaining, but video review couldn't prove the sharp-angled shot Iginla took crossed the line among Turco's feet.

Winger Niklas Hagman, who was behind the net on the play, said, "I'm 100% sure it was an inch over. I could see the goal line, too. For sure it was in. I thought the referee on the side saw it, too."

But ...

"We should have done a better job before that," Hagman added.

"We created some quality chances. Their goalie played well, but some of them, we should put it in."

Ribeiro finished off the affair with an empty netter.


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