Wasted comeback lamented

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:59 AM ET


 The chance to take control of the series slipped through their fingers and Martin Gelinas knows it.

 "It was a 2-2 game, we battled back from a 2-0 deficit and we had 20 minutes to make it happen -- that's a huge opportunity but we didn't make it happen. We didn't pull through. We didn't have everybody going the way we had the previous game," the veteran Flames winger suggested after last night's 4-2 loss to Detroit, evening the best-of-seven series.

 "We need to get back to our game. We need everybody to compete, play well and we need to play for 60 minutes."

 The loss makes Game 5 tomorrow afternoon in Detroit that much more critical, with a one-game cushion now lost.

 "They're all must-win but we have to play well, play our game and play well defensively," said Gelinas of the return to Motown.

 "We didn't do that tonight. They played a lot better than us defensively and that creates scoring chances."

 Gelinas said Kirk Maltby's goal in the opening minute of last night's game was a crushing blow to the home side.

 "They scored just 26 seconds into the first period and that kind of took the wind out of our sails and then we didn't get going for a while until the last 10 minutes," said Gelinas.

 "We talked about it, how we have to start right at the beginning, get our legs going and get going. We didn't do that tonight."


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