Flames burn at refs calls

AL STRACHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 10:56 AM ET


 Even though Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla wasn't happy with the officiating last night, he didn't try to deflect the blame for his team's 1-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

 "We missed the net on a few golden chances," he said. "We've got to find a way to score one goal.

 "I myself missed on a very good chance coming down through the slot. We were missing the net. We've got to find ways to not only hit the net, but to score.

 "We got beat, but we also feel we beat ourselves. On our best chances, unfortunately, we didn't make the most of it. That happens."

 Iginla tried not to be openly critical of the officiating, but there was no doubt about his views in that regard.

 "It doesn't do any good to comment," he said. "It's tough out there. It's tough to see some of those things.

 "A five-on-three for two minutes doesn't help our cause.

 "We love to kill them, but the percentages are pretty high in their favour. They're a very skilled club."

 Iginla also had his doubts about the major penalty assessed to Ville Nieminen for running Vincent Lecavalier into the glass.

 At the time, he told the officials that he felt Lecavalier had embellished the injury to draw a major. He expressed those sentiments again after the game.

 "Maybe it's a penalty," he said, "but is it a major? He (Lecavalier) popped up pretty quickly.

 "Kerry (Fraser) was right there. He was the closest ref to it. He didn't call anything. Then Brad (Watson) called it."

 The Flames are now in a tough position, but Iginla said his teammates are ready to rise to the occasion when the now best-of-three series moves to Tampa for Game 5 on Thursday.

 "It's supposed to be tough," he said. "They're not rolling over and giving it to us. Each game, you get more desperate and next game we'll be ready."


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