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Boos return as spark fades

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:46 AM ET

The Calgary Flames were booed off the ice at the end of the second period.

The boobirds were again vocal when the Flames couldn't muster anything during two third-period powerplay chances.

Then the hosts were sent to the dressing room to another round of catcalls.

All was deserved after a dismal 4-0 loss to the Minnesota Wild Wednesday night.

Truth be told, players feel hurt by that razzing, but after being blanked at home for the fourth time since the calendar flipped to 2010, they know that's a price to be paid from the Sea of Red.

"We have to give them something to cheer about," quietly said right winger Jamal Mayers.

"We've got to play better. It's a very knowledgeable, hockey-savvy crowd and they're not going to accept mediocrity."

Especially when a team comes up with nothing in crunch time.

Through two periods of the game, the Flames had just as much right to be up 3-0 as down by a trio of goals.

But those who shelled out cold hard cash have every right to be upset while watching the third-period performance.

Instead of going all-out to draw even in the final 20 minutes, the Flames were lifeless.

"I was disappointed in our execution. I was disappointed in our intelligence in the game and I thought the emotional level as this game went on dropped off," said Flames head coach Brent Sutter.

"That was disappointing, too."


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