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Home side fails to make break a tide turner

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:25 AM ET

Late in the first period, the Calgary Flames received one of those breaks home teams love.

The opposing captain picked the corner beautifully ... on his own net.

Usually that would open up the momentum for a defensively sound team.

It didn't happen for the Flames in a 3-1 loss to the Dallas Stars, and instead it was the visitors who turned the tide.

Brenden Morrow assisted on goals by Mike Ribeiro and Jamie Benn after scoring on his own net in a great rebound.

"I was thinking that was a big goal for our team," said Flames captain Jarome Iginla, who was credited with the first-period tally, his 25th of the season.

"We knew it would be tight. It's a good break, but we need to find one of those games where everybody is feeling good and we get rolling. We're capable of scoring more goals than we're scoring.

"It's a roller-coaster. If guys start scoring, it's contagious and you will feel good. We need a couple of big outbursts."

The Flames thought they had the game tied in the final seconds, as another Iginla shot from the corner looked to be a goal but was waved off after a review.

Searching all night for another great bounce, the Flames couldn't find it after Morrow gave them a gift in the first period.

"That stuff happens and goals go off guys all the time," said Flames defenceman Jay Bouwmeester.

"It doesn't matter how it goes in. As long as it goes in, who cares?" Bouwmeester said.

"We had a lead early in the game but aren't able to build on it. We haven't been able to do that."

What is especially troubling for the offensively challenged Flames is a lack of powerplay success.

Although Iginla's was a powerplay goal, the Flames went just 1-for-6 in more than 10 minutes with the man advantage.

"We have to fight the frustration," Iginla said.

"It's not just hard work at this point. We have to be more confident and a bit more creative and still work hard in the defensive zone.

"We're trying to get that side down," Iginla said.

"We had one good break and you are hoping it leads to more.

"We will stay with it. Now the next game is even more important."


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