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Flames fail to find offence in loss to Kings

Elliott turned aside 34 shots as Calgary blanked 5-0 by Los Angeles

by Aaron Vickers @AAVickers / CalgaryFlames.com

LOS ANGELES, CA -- Devin Setoguchi had two goals, and Peter Budaj stopped all 24 shots to help the Los Angeles Kings to a 5-0 win against the Calgary Flames at Staples Center on Saturday.
 
Jeff Carter, Kyle Clifford and Trevor Lewis also scored for the Kings.
 
Brian Elliott made 34 saves for the Flames, who are 1-2-0 to start a four-game road trip.
 
"I guess we didn't measure up too well," Elliott said. "It's not the way I want to play and I don't think anybody in our room can say they played the way they wanted to play, either. Individually and as a team, as a group, we need to be a lot better."

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Tkachuk scores twice to fuel victory over Sharks

Flames rookie nets the game-winning goal with 4:21 left in regulation

by Aaron Vickers @AAVickers / CalgaryFlames.com

SAN JOSE, CA -- Matthew Tkachuk was told Thursday morning he'd be sticking around with the Calgary Flames. 
 
He showed why Thursday night. 
 
Matthew Tkachuk scored twice, including the game-winner with 4:21 remaining in regulation, to help the Flames to a 3-2 win against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on Thursday. 
 
"I went to bed pretty late last night not expecting I was playing," Tkachuk said. "I woke up this morning also not really expecting I was playing. I got the news this morning and got fired up pretty quickly. I was running on adrenaline tonight, for sure."

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Flames open up road swing with loss to Chicago

Calgary out-shot Chicago 34-22 but fell 5-1

by Aaron Vickers @AAVickers / CalgaryFlames.com

CHICAGO, IL -- Corey Crawford made 33 saves and Patrick Kane had a goal and two assists to help the Chicago Blackhawks to a 5-1 win against the Calgary Flames at United Center on Tuesday.
 
Artem Anisimov, Tyler Motte, Artemi Panarin and Niklas Hjalmarsson also scored for the Blackhawks.
 
Michael Frolik scored for the Flames, who have lost back-to-back games to follow a three-game winning streak.
 
"I thought we were more than with them in the first two periods," Calgary coach Glen Gulutzan said. "I thought we were the better team through two. They have a couple great players who made some great plays. Even in the third, until we took the penalty and they got ahead, we were in control of our game. It just didn't go our way and it exploded in the end. It wasn't a 5-1 game in my mind."

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Flames' lament slow start in setback to Caps

Calgary surrendered two goals in first half of opening period against Washington

by George Johnson @GeorgejohnsonCH / CalgaryFlames.com

CALGARY, AB -- The polygraph doesn't lie.

And the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, is:

Courageous, determined. But not quite at that 'there' yet.

"Disappointed,'' murmured centre Mikael Backlund. "That's how I feel. Just ... disappointed.

"I think we've got more in us.

"We had a good push in the third, but over 60 minutes it wasn't good enough.

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Flames finish homestand with setback to Capitals

Backlund scores, Elliott makes 26 saves in loss

by George Johnson @GeorgejohnsonCH / CalgaryFlames.com

CALGARY, AB -- As his Calgary Flames readied to put their three-game win streak on the line, coach Glen Gulutzan wasn't shy in the morning about the importance he was placing on the performance against a formidable foe.

A "growth game", he called it.

A litmus test, of a sort.

Well, taken in, they passed the exam but lost the game anyway.

But off the tenacity and committed to the game plan displayed against the reigning President's Trophy-winners, they're not that far away, with a four-game road swing through Chicago and the California teams upcoming on the docket over the next week.

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Flames beat Blues for second straight road win

Gaudreau and Bennett collect two points each in 4-1 win over St. Louis

by Aaron Vickers @AAVickers / CalgaryFlames.com

ST. LOUIS, MO -- Brian Elliott made 23 saves against his former team, and Sam Bennett had a goal and an assist to help the Calgary Flames to a 4-1 win against the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center on Tuesday. 
 
Dennis Wideman, Deryk Engelland and Johnny Gaudreau also scored for the Flames, who have back-to-back wins to sweep a two-game road trip after starting the season with one victory in six games. 
 
"I've said right from the beginning, I don't question their will to win," Calgary coach Glen Gulutzan said. "I don't question their want to win. But the manner in which we were going about it wasn't the right way. We're trying to get that straightened out. These are two good steps. This is a great locker room. This is a good group of guys. They care.

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Elliott stellar in shootout win over 'Hawks

Brian Elliott made 32 saves and stopped all seven Blackhawk skaters in the shootout to preserve the win for Calgary

by Jason Johnson @Jay__Jo / CalgaryFlames.com

CHICAGO, IL -- Brian Elliott netted his first win as a member of the Calgary Flames in spectacular fashion.
 
Elliott made 32 saves, and Kris Versteeg scored in the seventh round of the shootout to help the Calgary Flames to a 3-2 win against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center on Monday.
 
"It was good," said Elliott, who was acquired by Calgary from the St. Louis Blues in the summer. "I definitely wanted that one. Everyone (did) for that matter. We haven't been playing like we've wanted to. The guys came out and had a heck of an effort. I just wanted to stop as many as I could back there."

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Trio of Flames familiar with Blackhawks' lore

Brouwer, Frolik, Versteeg, all won Stanley Cups as members of 'Hawks

by Jason Johnson @Jay__Jo / CalgaryFlames.com

CHICAGO, IL -- It's familiar surroundings for a trio of Calgary Flames players.

Troy Brouwer, Michael Frolik, and Kris Versteeg all suited up for the Chicago Blackhawks, and all had a lot of success playing in the Windy City.

Frolik captured a Stanley Cup ring with the 2013 version of the Blackhawks and Brouwer and Versteeg lifted the Cup together in 2010 as members of a dominant 'Hawks squad that also finished second in the Western Conference standings with 112 points. Versteeg also was a member of the 2015 Cup-winning Blackhawks squad.

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Flames comeback attempt falls short against Blues

Calgary scored two goals in the third period to get to within a goal

by Jason Johnson @Jay__Jo / CalgaryFlames.com

CALGARY, AB -- David Perron collected his third career hat-trick to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 6-4 victory over the Calgary Flames on Saturday at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

Calgary trailed 5-2 in the third period and scored a pair of goals to get them to within one strike, but couldn't complete the comeback.

Mark Giordano cut the Blues lead to 5-3 at the 9:31 mark of the third with his first goal of the season when Michael Frolik set up the Flames captain for a one-timer blast from the high-slot that beat Blues' goaltender Jake Allen.

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Brouwer looking forward to facing old mates

Troy Brouwer will face off against his former team, the St. Louis Blues, on Saturday

by Jason Johnson @Jay__Jo / CalgaryFlames.com

CALGARY, AB -- Troy Brouwer has been down this road before.

Been there, done that.

The veteran forward will go head-to-head with his former employers -- the St. Louis Blues -- tonight at the Scotiabank Saddledome as a member of the Calgary Flames.

Calgary is the third postal code change for the Brouwers since the 2010-11 season when the rugged forward was dealt from the Chicago Blackhawks to the Washington Capitals in a summer swap that had the Caps 2012 first-round pick go the other way.

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