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Looking for more emotion

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames
Head coach Brent Sutter
It's not hard to guess what type of mood Calgary Flames head coach Brent Sutter was in following the Flames 7-1 loss Thursday to the Chicago Blackhawks.


In a calm voice he told media that he wants his players to get angry.

"It's too casual. I don't like it. I am not used to it," he told reporters following the game. "Get upset. Get upset with each other."

Sutter said the coaching staff will continue to push the players to be more accountable.

"You have to continue to push. Is it something you like to do at this level? No. But our coaching staff is committed to doing that. At some point, as individuals, the have to want to take it."

Sutter was asked if his patience is wearing thin.

"I might be patient with you guys," he responded. "This is not something that just happened tonight. We just happened to play a very talented team tonight. It snowballed. What else do you say about that game?"

The Flames now head to California for two games against Los Angeles and Anaheim and Sutter wants to see more emotion.

"There needs to be a lot more consistent emotion. It is staying with it, dealing with adversity. The game is 90 per cent mental. This team has a lot of work to do with that. A sense of urgency has to be there," said Sutter.

Flames players, in a subdued dressing room, agreed.

"We have to look in the mirror and see what it takes to be successful because that certainly wasn't it," said forward Eric Nystrom.

Added defenceman Robyn Regehr: "We didn't play anywhere near well enough. Our penalty kill was nowhere near good enough. We had too many breakdowns. We gave up too many chances that Miikka (Kiprusoff) had no chance at all to stop. It is something we need to learn from. We all have to makee sure we are better for the next game."

Kiprusoff was pulled for the third period with the Hawks leading 6-1 and having tallied four power play goals.

Sutter was asked about the leadership in the dressing room and had a diplomatic reply.

"There are things I don't want to discuss...but it starts with your top players," said Sutter.

On top of the loss, the Flames may be dealing with an injury to their top scorer, Rene Bourque who was hit early in the second period and did not return. Sutter did not have an update immediately following the game. "We will see how he is in the morning," said Sutter.


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