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Coach Hartley tries to find perfect balance to push Flames

Calgary Flames coach Bob Hartley writes out plays on the board at practice at the Scotiabank...

Calgary Flames coach Bob Hartley writes out plays on the board at practice at the Scotiabank Saddledome Monday March 17, 2014. (Stuart Dryden/Calgary Sun/QMI Agency)

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:29 AM ET

The night before, Bob Hartley was darn near apoplectic.

Watching his Calgary Flames fall 6-3 in Ottawa to the host Senators on Sunday didn’t go over well for the head coach, and he let his players know it in no uncertain terms.

But Monday’s practice in anticipation of facing the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday, the second game of a five-game road swing, didn’t come with any crack-the-whip tone.

“You don’t dwell on negatives — this is a great group,” Hartley said after putting his charges through their paces at the MasterCard Centre. “That’s the beauty of this league. I don’t know if I could coach CFL or NFL. One game a week? That’s a long time to live with a loss.

“In this league, you get back-to-back (games) … you get two or three games a week.”

In between those affairs — the Flames have only seven left on the docket — Hartley and his players must find a balancing act.


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