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Calgary Flames lose to Minnesota Wild

The Flames fell 4-3 to the Minnesota Wild

The Flames fell 4-3 to the Minnesota Wild

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:56 AM ET

CALGARY - Two nights earlier, in a victory over their arch-rivals, they played an aggressive, enthusiastic and entertaining brand of hockey.

Until the late stages of Monday's 4-3 loss to the Minnesota Wild, the Calgary Flames kinda played like a bunch of kids coming down from a sugar-high.

In many ways, that's exactly what they are.

There will be other nights like this before the rebuild is done.

It won't always be easy. It won't always be pretty. It won't always be painless.

Just ask Edmonton Oilers GM Steve Tambellini, who watched his young squad get outworked Saturday by the Flames and found out the next day he'd have to refresh his resume.

Nobody will lose their job Tuesday at the Saddledome, even though the Flames (16-22-4) could be mathematically eliminated from playoff contention in Wednesday's meeting with the Detroit Red Wings.

On the other hand, nobody will show up at the staff-room coffee pot and say, 'How about that game last night?'



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