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Power play falls short in Denver

by Jeff Clemens / Calgary Flames

DENVER, CO -- The Flames played a hard fought game in Colorado on Tuesday night but despite numerous chances they ended with a hard loss in overtime.

There was no lack of fight in the Flames as they played hard and kept up the chances throughout the game.

Unfortunately, it was special teams in which the Flames definitely fell short. Despite having three power play opportunities, the Flames were unable to capitalize.

“In a perfect world you want to score when you get a power play opportunity and we got three,” said forward Matt Stajan.

“That’s irrelevant now though, we know our special teams need to be better and that’s no secret.”

The biggest issue for the Flames has been their inability to score more than one goal in the past two games.

“We had chances that we definitely could have scored on and we didn’t, you’ve got to score more than one goal to win,”

The team’s power play has been one of their weaker points throughout the season putting them near the bottom of the league for number of power play goals.

This inability to score on the power play has become a major issue in these final weeks leading to the playoffs.

“There was no consistent momentum on it,” said head coach Brent Sutter.

“There were opportunities we missed on the power play and we need the power play to produce.”

This is the sentiment shared by many of the players on the team as they look towards their next game in Minnesota.

Despite these hard losses the team is looking at the positives of their play and using that to build on their effort towards the highly contested final playoff spot.

“Our last five periods of hockey have been pretty good, it feels good but we’ll stay with it and they’ll (the puck) go in again,” said team captain Jarome Iginla.

“Tonight it wasn’t for lack of effort, guys were ready, guys played hard and we just couldn’t get that second goal.”

The Flames have beaten the Wild in four of their last five meetings and are hoping to shake this losing streak with a win in Minnesota.

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