Powerplay flames out

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 3:28 PM ET


 A power outage in the playoffs can be lethal.

 Not that anyone needs to tell the Calgary Flames.

 In desperate need of offence, the Calgary powerplay went 0-for-7 last night as the Vancouver Canucks reclaimed home-ice advantage with a 2-1 win at the 'Dome.

 Powerplay quarterback Jordan Leopold said he doesn't think there's anything technically wrong with the unit's approach.

 "We're getting opportunities," Leopold said of the unit, which is now a miserable 2-for-22 in the series.

 "It's just a matter of bearing down and capitalizing on our chances.

 "We're moving the puck well but maybe it's going to take a little more grit. Throw the puck on net and battle for it."

 The Flames did show slick puck movement at times and created a few glorious opportunities, the best of which belonged to Craig Conroy, who ripped a shot past Dan Cloutier and off the inside of the post in the first period.

 "That could have been a momentum swing for us and it would have been really big," Leopold said. "We didn't get the bounce.

 "We just have to continue what we're doing and one of these times, one will go in."

 Defence partner Robyn Regehr didn't hesitate when asked what was missing from the Flames' game with the man-advantage.

 "Goals."

 Expanding on the obvious, Regehr said the unit, which clicked at a 15.1% (21st in the league) during the regular season, was lacking consistency.

 "We had some powerplays where we moved the puck around really well and there were times where we weren't very good at all," Regehr said.

 "It's a matter of everyone doing the proper things and capitalizing on chances."

 Chuck Kobasew, who filled in for Craig Conroy when the veteran headed to the room for facial repairs, repeated the mantra preached by nearly every coach looking to solve a scoring drought.

 "We have to get pucks to the net with traffic in front and guys standing off to the side for rebounds," Kobasew said.

 "We've had great puck movement. Now it's time to get to the net for those opportunities."

 The Flames powerplay had more difficulty setting up in the offensive zone when Vancouver turned The Moose -- Johan Hedberg -- loose after Dan Cloutier went down with a first-period knee injury.

 Hedberg's ability and willingness to play the puck made dump-ins more difficult as the Swedish 'tender would turn around and clear the puck himself.

 "He's very good at playing the puck and he really gets out there quick," Regehr said. "That's something we have to do a better job adjusting to.

 "We were still trying the hard rims around and if you don't get the puck up, he's going to get out and stop it.

 "We have to do a better job of dumping the puck if that's what we're going to do."


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