Powerplay fires blanks once again

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 3:56 PM ET


 The Sea of Red was looking for any excuse to blow the roof off the 'Dome last night.

 Unfortunately, the Flames didn't give them one. The Flames were blanked for the first time in the post-season as the San Jose Sharks clawed their way back into the Western Conference final with a 3-0 win.

 Pinpointing the blame in what was essentially a one-goal game is difficult but the Calgary powerplay certainly let the club down again.

 "We're moving the puck around and getting some shots but we're not getting those one or two opportunities that we need to go in," said defenceman Jordan Leopold.

 "We definitely need to get our powerplay going if we're going to be successful."

 The Flames were 0-for-3 with the man advantage and have put up a goose egg in eight opportunities in the series.

 Blueliner Rhett Warrener said the two clubs' commitment to team defence is the reason for the low efficiency rate.

 "I think you've got two teams who are very focused defensively and they're willing to sacrifice on the penalty kill," Warrener said. "You'd sure love to score one because it looks like it could be the difference in every game."

 The Flames appeared intent on trying to rotate Jarome Iginla into a clear spot on the point but the Sharks did a masterful job of staying with Calgary's most dangerous weapon.

 "We're trying to make changes all the time," Iginla said. "When we get that many chances, we have to find a way to score a goal. We'll stick with it, we're not going to get frustrated."


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