Flames finally back home
The Calgary Flames are back. Six games, several time zones, four wins and two losses. Not a shabby trip at all, even if it ended on a losing note in Los Angeles on Monday.
"Overall it was a good trip but you always want more. We played a pretty good game and didn't get much out of it," said captain Jarome Iginla.
Iginla and coach Brent Sutter, who gave the troops a recovery day on Tuesday, said the key to the loss was special teams. Essentially both Kings goals in the 2-1 loss came on the power play -- the first shortly after a penalty expired and the second during a power play. The Flames had their power play opportunities but were not able to capitalize.
Five-on-five the Flames played strong shut down hockey -- they only allowed16 shots on the road on Monday.
"We look at our power play letting us down. There are going to be close games. We had our opportunities on the power play," said Iginla.
The Flames, who are back in action Wednesday at home against the Atlanta Thrashers (7:30 pm, Sportsnet West and The Fan 960), are looking to be more effective with the man advantage, knowing it can win games, particularly the close ones.
"It's not like we don't work on it," said Sutter. "When you get on the ice it is about execution. We seem to be a little hesitant in getting shots on net and hesitant in getting traffic in front."
Conroy, Regehr update
The Flames survived the road trip with just two injuries and head coach Brent Sutter indicated the injuries to both Craig Conroy and Robyn Regehr were minor.
Following the game in Los Angeles he told reporters that Regehr was kept out of the game for precautionary reasons. Conroy was hurt in the third period of the game but Sutter said: "He'll be fine."
The nature of the injuries have not been disclosed by the team.
Getting it right
Head coach Brent Sutter, although disappointed with a loss in the sixth game of the road trip, was generally pleased with the Flames defensive play over the trip.
The Flames allowed just eight goals through the six games while scoring 16 times. They also had two shutouts, in Detroit and Nashville.
"It's the way we have to play. I am not a coach who believes in giving up 30 shots a game. We've done a good job of keeping quality scoring chances down on this trip and probably in the last nine games," said Sutter.
Did you know...
Olli Jokinen is now wearing a 'A' on the road for the Flames...With Regehr out of Monday's game, Dion Phaneuf also wore an 'A'...The Flames have used nine players on left wing with Olli Jokinen and Jarome Iginla this season. The latest forward to join the line s Nigel Dawes.