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Flames blanked by Blues

Flames defenceman Ladislav Smid and goalie Karri Ramo lay dejected on the ice after being scored on...

Flames defenceman Ladislav Smid and goalie Karri Ramo lay dejected on the ice after being scored on by the St. Louis Blues during Thursday's 5-0 loss. (DEREK LEUNG/Getty Images/AFP)

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:16 AM ET

CALGARY - Jiri Hudler's body language said it all.

Exasperation. Frustration. Consternation.

The Calgary Flames were en route to yet another one-sided shutout loss, but Hudler figured he had a sure goal early in the second period to give his team a faint hope before it was out of reach.

With his team already down by a pair against the NHL's best team based on winning percentage, Hudler's sharp-angled one-timer was the perfect opportunity for the hosts to get back in the game against the St. Louis Blues.

Instead, Hudler's shot rang off the post and the disappointment continued for the struggling club headed to a 5-0 defeat Thursday night at the Saddledome. Instead of immediately getting to his feet to chase the play, Hudler remained on one knee.

The Flames could open a donut shop with all the ones they've put on the shelf lately. They've been shut out in five of their last seven games and scored only five goals in that span.


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