Flames look to move on following ugly loss

Stars' Ryan Garbutt scores on Flames goalie Karri Ramo during second period action in Calgary on...

Stars' Ryan Garbutt scores on Flames goalie Karri Ramo during second period action in Calgary on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013. (Darren Makowichuk/QMI Agency)

DANIEL AUSTIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:28 PM ET

CALGARY - The Flames aren’t trying to sugarcoat it.

Thursday night’s loss to the Dallas Stars was about as ugly as NHL hockey gets.

There were no moral victories, and they’re not looking to build on any positives.

The Flames are only hoping to move on and pick up two confidence-boosting points against the lowly Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night.

“If the Red Army from Russia was coming in, I don’t think it would matter to us,” Flames head coach Bob Hartley said. “Right now, when the losses mount and mount and mount, the frustration goes up and the confidence goes down.

“A win is the best tonic that any doctor could prescribe for us right now.”

As bad as things have been recently ­— the Flames are mired in a five-game losing slump and a stretch in which they’ve lost seven of eight — Thursday night’s 7-3 demolition at the hands of the Stars felt like they’d hit a new low.


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