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Calgary Flames Notebook - Oct. 23

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames
Notes, quotes and anecdotes from Tuesday's morning practice at the Pengrowth Saddledome...

Not happy campers in Flames' room

The Flames knew they would take some heat after a poor performance Monday, but in the end they were the hardest on themselves.

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"It wasn’t that we weren’t shooting, skating, working," said Iginla. "It was all of that."

In practice Tuesday, Iginla stressed the blame should be on all the players -- not just a select few.

"We were bad all the way around, pretty much every single guy," added Iginla.

But then again, it's just another learning curve and the Flames just have to pick up and move forward and focus on Wednesday's game against the Western Conference leading Minnesota Wild.

Pulling Kipper To Jump Start Team

Quite a shock to fans seeing their star netminder pulled, but after struggling in Monday's match with San Jose, Flames' Head Coach Mike Keenan opted to do just that.

Not because Kiprusoff was doing a bad job or he wasn't putting any effort into his play, but in hopes of jump starting the team and putting them in panic mode.

"Pulling Miikka (Kiprusoff) has nothing to do with Miikka ’s play whatsoever. It was solely intended to try and jump start them," said Keenan.

"To give them some kind of energy, try to get them to refocus on what their task was. They didn’t respond to it at all. When you’re in what I felt was a situation where we had no emotional response, maybe we could get something and generate something from the group by doing that."

Goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff says the team needs to work on their penalty killing as well. The team has started off the season the way they did last season -- with an abysmal penalty killing record.

"If you give up two penalty kill goals every night, it’s hard to win games."

Tanguay Wild About Coaching System

Knowing you're about to play one of the toughest teams in the Western Conference is one thing -- knowing they haven't lost a game in regulation this season is another. Heading into Wednesday's duel with the high-flying Minnesota Wild, Flames' forward Alex Tanguay is sure about one thing -- the Wild know their system inside and out.

"They’re a team that knows their system, knows where they have to be on the ice," comments Tanguay.

"They’re very well coached and very well prepared, and they’re a tough team to play. They’re not overly physical, but they always seem to be in the right place, and they make it difficult for you to get some good quality chances and to score some goals.”

So what do the Flames have to do to hand the Wild their first loss (in regulation) of the season? Keep them off the board. Tighten up defensively and produce more on the offence. And that's going to be a feat within itself, since Minnesota has only allowed 11 goals in eight games.

"Allowing 11 goals in eight games, that’s quite a task, and we’ll have to make sure to bring our game tomorrow."

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