February 4, 2013
Flames' shootout woes continue
By WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency
CALGARY - Calgary Flames centre Alex Tanguay has made the same comparison dozens, maybe even hundreds, of times.
Determining the winner of a hockey game with a shootout is akin to flipping a coin.
Heads or tails.
Call it in the air.
You’ll win some, you’ll lose some.
“It seems like a coin-toss,” Tanguay said — once again — after Saturday’s devastating 3-2 shootout loss to the Chicago Blackhawks at the Saddledome.
“The coin is bound to flip our way sometime soon.”
You could forgive Flames fans for thinking their team might be using a one-sided coin.
And it keeps coming up losses.
The Flames posted a 3-9 record in the shootout during the 2011-12 campaign, including setbacks in their final five of the season.
That losing streak hit a half dozen Jan. 23 in Vancouver, where Tanguay was the only Flames marksman to cash in before Canucks brute Zack Kassian finally ended it in the fifth round.