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Flames not panicked after falling out of playoff spot

by Aaron Vickers / Calgary Flames

At the end, all you can do is win as many games as you can until the end. I think that has to be the goal, no matter if you look at the standings or not. Jonas Hiller

CALGARY, AB -- There’s no panic in the Calgary Flames.

Despite falling 4-0 to the St. Louis Blues at Scotiabank Saddledome on Tuesday, a loss that has sent them tumbling out of a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Flames aren’t fretting over their current position.

“At the end, all you can do is win as many games as you can until the end,” Calgary goaltender Jonas Hiller said. “I think that has to be the goal, no matter if you look at the standings or not. We know if you want to have a chance to be in, we have to win our fair share. I don't think the answer is looking at the standings every day and worrying about it. We have to come and be ready to play. I thought we played an OK game, but they were just better.”

The standings have Calgary sitting even with the Los Angeles Kings at 81 points. The Kings, however, have leapfrogged into third in the Pacific Division having played one fewer game.

The Winnipeg Jets, who now hold the second wild card into the playoffs, won Tuesday to push their total to 82.

Again, the Flames aren’t concerned.

“It's so tight,” said Mikael Backlund, who saw a career-high eight-game point-scoring streak snapped in the shutout. “You can't focus on the standings too much, even though when you're in the playoffs you feel pretty good. When we're out now, you've just got to focus on the next game. It's simple to say, but that's how we have to manage the rest of the way.”

According to coach Bob Hartley, they’ll manage the same way they have all season long -- via the seven-game segment.

“Those seven-game segments kept us in a battle for a playoff spot throughout the season,” Hartley said. “We have 12 games left, so one segment of seven and one segment of five. We're going to stay the course.

“Let's shoot for another nine, 10 points out of that (first) segment and see where it takes us.

“We have to battle back. No one will give us their spot. We'll have to earn it. We knew it right from the start. We faced adversity, we battled all year, so we will not change. I have all the faith in the world in my players, it's a great group, and I know one thing, we can count on them battling to the end. That's our goal.”

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