Cory Sarich came close to breaking his 68-game goal-less drought, but that isn’t what is bothering him following a road loss Sunday in Minnesota.
“I’ve gone a lot longer than that so that’s not much of a concern,” said the Calgary Flames defenceman.
“It’s nice to pitch in, but I would have rather kept two goals out of my net and contributed on one. Maybe we would have gone to overtime instead.”
Sarich’s point shot went off Eric Nystrom for the third goal against the Wild, and that should have been enough to win.
Instead, the Flames dropped a 4-3 decision despite getting the first goal courtesy of fellow defenceman Steve Staios.
Blueliner Ian White also scored his first in a Flames uniform since coming over from the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Dion Phaneuf trade.
It was just one tipped shot from being a trio from defenceman.
The production from the back end should have been enough to topple the Wild, but the Flames couldn’t keep the puck out of their own net.
“Any time you score three goals, it should be enough to win if you done what you need to on the other side,” Sarich said. “That should be our goal. Realistically, if you score three, you should win.
“If you give up three goals, you will have a tough time winning games. We have to keep them to two or less.”
In 32 games in 2010, the Flames have been held to two goals or less 19 times.
During that time, they relied on goalie Miikka Kiprusoff to bail them out often, but it didn’t happen Sunday with backup Vesa Toskala in net.
In a tight playoff race, the defensively structured Flames need to capitalize every time they can find the twine a few times.
“You would like to think the way we play and focus on defence, generally three goals is enough to win,” said assistant coach Dave Lowry.
“It won’t be the case every day and when that happens, you need to find ways to score more.”
Realistically, if the Flames were getting enough offence from the forwards, they may have beat the Wild, but blueliner Mark Giordano disagrees.
“It was one of those games where a few defenceman contributed, but our forwards did a good job getting pucks back,” Giordano said.
“We’re disappointed because when you get three goals you have the feeling you should win. We made a few mental errors that cost us. It’s done now and we have to move forward.”