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Flames looking to avoid 'losing culture'

Flames captain Mark Giordano says the rebuilding club is doing its best to keep a losing culture...

Flames captain Mark Giordano says the rebuilding club is doing its best to keep a losing culture from poisoning the dressing room. (Lyle Aspinall/Calgary Sun)

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:06 PM ET

With the ice surface at the Saddledome covered for the Calgary Roughnecks’ home-opener, the Flames skated Friday at WinSport’s Markin MacPhail Centre at Canada Olympic Park.

So, literally at the bottom of a slippery slope.

It’s gotta feel that way, too, for the Flames, who have lost six of their past seven outings and have been blanked five times during that stretch.

“You have to hate losing, and there is some frustration going on with our team,” conceded Flames captain Mark Giordano. “But, at the same time, you have to use that frustration in a good way, in a positive way.”

This team desperately needs some positives right now.

They can’t score.

The Flames have just one goal to show for their past five skates at the Saddledome. Factor in Monday’s offensive fireworks — a 4-3 victory over the Colorado Avalanche in the Mile High City — and they’ve still managed just five snipes in seven games since the Christmas break.


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