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Struggling Flames searching for ignition

by Aaron Vickers / Calgary Flames

It's seven games now that we haven't got a point. The thing about our start was that we didn't fall out of it. We're still right there. We have to find a way now to get one. Mark Giordano

CALGARY, AB -- Eleven goals in seven straight losses has the Calgary Flames looking for more.

“It's tough. It's more than a rut now,” captain Mark Giordano said. “It's seven games now that we haven't got a point. The thing about our start was that we didn't fall out of it. We're still right there. We have to find a way now to get one. First, we get one and then try to string some together. We have to start trying to generate more goals, obviously.

“We did get some good looks and we didn't bury them. That's the bottom line. When you don't score more than one goal in as many games as we have now on this streak, we have to look in the mirror and say, 'Hey, we have to maybe change it up a bit offensively and try to grind some goals in.”

The Flames managed to get one by Dallas Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen in Calgary’s 2-1 loss, the first time Calgary has dropped seven games in regulation since the 1974-75 season.

It came courtesy Giordano, a shot that Lehtonen never saw.

It wasn’t enough offence Friday.

“We've gotta look in the mirror and say, 'Hey, we gotta maybe change it up a bit offensively,' and try and grind some goals in,” Giordano said.

“We're generating some chances, but it's not good enough. I mean, one goal's not good enough. You're not going to win many. You're asking too much out of your goaltending and team defence. If we knew the answer, obviously, we'd change it. We have to make an effort now just shooting everything and not looking for any passes, really, unless it's a tap in. We've got to grind it, put it at the net and try and grind goals in.”

Starving for goals, the Flames will take them any way they can.

“Just get a few flukey ones, get one, get rolling and get feeling good about yourself,” forward Joe Colborne said. “It seems when you're feeling it, you're getting the bounces, it's an easy game and you go out there and you're just playing. Obviously, we don't have that right now.

“It's a Catch 22, I think, a bit. I think we're so worried about finishing our chances that maybe we're gripping it too tight. We need one or two to get us rolling. It's frustrating for us right now. Just get out to Vancouver and try to right the ship.

“It's desperate now. It's been desperate for the last few games and it hasn't been enough, but (Saturday) is big for us.”

The Flames wrap up their pre-Christmas schedule with back-to-back games against the Vancovuer Canucks and Los Angeles Kings.

Calgary remains just two points back of both clubs and four behind the San Jose Sharks for second in the Pacific Division.

“We have a lot of proud players in here and this isn't what we want and this isn't good enough for us,” Colborne said. “We have to figure out a way to get this figured out and figured out quickly. We had such a great start to the year. We don't want to just waste it in just this one stretch here.

“We trust our leadership, we trust our systems right now and it's just a matter of going out and doing it.”

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