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Flames take lessons from loss to St. Louis

by Aaron Vickers / Calgary Flames

We have to know when we’re coming in to play a big, strong team like this we’re going to be in for a battle every night. We didn’t come to battle.Curtis Glencross

ST. LOUIS, MO -- The Calgary Flames knew what they were in for with the St. Louis Blues. The Blues didn’t disappoint.

St. Louis scored 48 seconds into the contest and piled on three more in dispatching the rebuilding Flames 4-1 at Scottrade Center on Saturday.

“Obviously the start wasn’t good for us,” captain Mark Giordano said. “We didn’t start the way we wanted. Even though we gave up those goals, I thought the last 10 minutes of the first especially we were skating again, we were creating and getting some chances and then for whatever reason in the second, I think they took the play to us and they got two big goals. That third power play goal is a big goal and then they get another one and take us out of it.”

Giordano and the Flames understood the situation. St. Louis opened the season with a disappointing 3-2 loss to the New York Rangers at home.

The Blues wasted little time erasing that memory with Joakim Lindstrom’s first of the season, followed by goals from David Backes, Alex Pietrangelo and Vladimir Tarasenko to earn their first win of the season.

“They’re a great team. There’s no beating around that,” Giordano said. “They’re one of the top teams in the league every year for a reason. We gave up way too many second-wave chances, I thought. Our goalie played unbelievable. He came up big for us a lot of the night. We just have to find a way not to get down to teams like that because they’ll just wait you out after they get that lead.”

The Flames have split the first two of a six-game road trip. Calgary opened with a 5-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday.

But they couldn’t carry it over, Curtis Glencross admitted.

“They probably got the gears after losing their first game,” he said. “We knew they were going to come out hard tonight but at the same time, we didn’t bring our game tonight. We got outworked in every department of the game. We have to know when we’re coming in to play a big, strong team like this we’re going to be in for a battle every night. We didn’t come to battle.”

The Flames are 1-2-0 on the season, and can’t afford to fall further behind the pack in what will shape up to be a difficult Western Conference.

“We don’t have time to test players out or guys to get their feet wet,” Giordano said. “We have to get going. It’s a tough road trip and we have to come out of this road trip with some points on our side, for sure.”

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