January 20, 2013
Sharks spoil Flames home opener

Flames captain Jarome Iginla (left) and Sharks centre Adam Burish mix it up beside the net during NHL action in Calgary on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. (Mike Drew/QMI Agency)

CALGARY - The new head coach promised a quick, creative, entertaining brand of hockey.

For one period, Bob Hartley's Calgary Flames delivered exactly that, much to the delight of a sellout crowd that waited nine months between NHL games.

Unfortunately, the script for the next 40 minutes looked oh-so-familiar.

Expect to hear a lot of coulda, woulda and shoulda after the Flames followed up an impressive opening frame by surrendering four unanswered goals in a 4-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks in Sunday's season-opener at the Saddledome.

Everybody has been talking about the importance of a quick start to the shortened season, and the Flames apparently received that message.

The hosts were undoubtedly the better team in the opening period, starting with Curtis Glencross' thunderous body-check just seconds after the opening faceoff.