Jackman: 'Losing is not acceptable'

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:15 PM ET

Tim Jackman figured he had a handle on the passion for hockey in Calgary.

Still, the Flames forward -- who hails from North Dakota, lives in Minnesota and has played for NHL teams in Columbus, Phoenix, Los Angeles and New York -- was only guessing.

This past week gave him a real sense of the highs and lows and emotional swings in between.

"That opening ceremonies (Sunday night at the Saddledome), I've never experienced something like that," Jackman said. "It's first class here, and it's hockey, hockey, hockey."

In a week, the Flames and their faithful went from the elation of a perfect pre-season to the utter disappointment -- and resulting reaction -- of their 4-0 season-opening loss to the Edmonton Oilers to the joy of winning for the first time with Sunday's 3-1 home-ice victory over the Los Angeles Kings.

Then again, there appeared to be more relief than joy from that win.

"It's a change from last year," said Jackman, who signed as a free agent in the summer after two seasons with the New York Islanders. "I remember last year -- we had a lot of young players on the team, and if we made the playoffs, it was a bonus, as long as the team continued to get better and develop.

"Here, losing is not acceptable. It's not acceptable on Long Island, but here it's a little different. Fans aren't going to take it. You could see guys step up and say, 'We're not going to let it happen.'

"I expected (this much reaction) a bit, but after we won seven (pre-season) games and then go to Edmonton and don't play our game, it was a little shell-shocking coming to the rink the next day."

Then again, the wins mean more to the city.

"It's a lot better feeling than after the other night."

Ice chips

No report came from the Flames Monday in regards to the injuries suffered by LW Rene Bourque and D Adam Pardy. Pardy appeared to suffer either a separated or dislocated shoulder when he tumbled over Kings forward Wayne Simmonds and Bourque was dazed after an accidental collision with Kevin Westgarth away from the play and may have suffered a concussion ... The Abbotsford Heat announced Sunday Staffan Kronwall has opted to end his tenure with the AHL's Abbotsford Heat and the NHL Calgary Flames. With the Heat and the Flames consent, Kronwall opted to return to his home club of Djurgardens IF in Stockholm Sweden. Kronwall played for Djurgardens prior to playing in North America.

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