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Game Rush: Flames vs. Flyers

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames


CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames were looking for a burst of offense from their newest acquisitions but were stifled by a great Philadelphia Flyers defense, getting blanked 3-0 on Monday night.

Mike Richards potted two and Claude Giroux scored in the loss while the Flames only put 18 shots on net.

All eyes were on freshly traded Flames and while they have had a whirlwind couple of days, none of them were using that has an excuse.

"I was disappointed. Excuses aside, that was a long 48 hours but we've got to play a better hockey game. That's the bottom line," Matt Stajan told reporters after the loss. "We couldn't muster enough offense, we didn't have enough shots on net and they capitalized on some chances. We've just got to be better prepared."

Stajan said that he, along his fellow former Leafs, would need a few days to adjust but stated once again that they weren't using that as any sort of excuse.

"I'm not going to make any excuses. Obviously there's nerves and stuff but it's the same game of hockey I've played for six years, at this level.

"I wasn't good enough."

White did admit that he was feeling quite nervous before the game but tried to keep calm before the puck dropped.

"A little bit of nervous energy tonight but I managed to channel it somewhat positively," was White response when asked about nerves. "I know I can make a little bit more plays and be better all around."

The Flames get back to work climbing the Northwest Division ladder on Monday when the Carolina Hurricanes pay them a visit. Game time is 7:00 p.m on The FAN 960.

Mike Richards opening goal seemed to really deflate the Flames. Their offense didn't improve at all and they started to squeeze the stick, pressuring themselves too much and making mental errors. They only put 18 shots on net and with Ray Emery on his game, that was simply not going to get them a victory.

D Aaron Johnson, F Mikael Backlund and F Brian McGratton were healthy scratches. The Flyers left F Riley Cote, D Ole-Kristian Tollefsen and G Brian Boucher out of the lineup.

101 - Career goals for Mike Richards. He potted #100 in the second frame.

3 - Shots on net for Adam Pardy, Jay Bouwmeester, Rene Bourque and Olli Jokinen.

100 - Percent win rate for Matt Stajan in faceoffs.

4 - Hits for Jokinen. He led the Flames in this category.

"We had a lot of guys who just didn't play well ... we played a bad game. We played soft. When you play that way, you make mistakes and the mistakes you make cost you goals. I thought the team was very timid and very soft." - Brent Sutter on his team's effort.

"All the BS that took place last night and today - you try to work through it." - Sutter on the constant trade rumors dogging the team.

"It's nice to get some practice in but it's the same hockey you play. Because of the games, you obviously try to get yourself better in practice but in a game, you really see how you fit with different guys." - Niklas Hagman on getting used to his new linemates.




Rene Bourque
Gave 110% and garnered a few scoring chances
Dustin Boyd
Best new Flame on the ice, 3 great opportunities
Miikka Kiprusoff
Made several highlight reel saves in the loss

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