Managing just two shots on rookie goalie Frederik Anderson through 12 minutes of action, the Calgary Flames were slow out of the gate against the Anaheim Ducks on Friday.
The problem is quickly becoming a theme for the Flames, who have surrendered the first goal in 17 of 25 games this season, going just 4-10-3 when they do.
“I don’t know what it is,” David Jones said. “I don’t know why. Sometimes I think maybe we’re a little too passive to start games and wait until we’re down a couple goals and then we start playing. Its not winning hockey and we’ve got to try to find a way to change that.”
Calgary’s third shot, coming at 12:05 off the stick of Mike Cammalleri, was the first in a span of 8:44. Two goals in a 54 second span followed from the Ducks, putting the Flames in a hole they weren’t able to dig themselves out of in Disneyland.
“It’s the turnovers,” Ladislav Smid said. “At times today, we just had poor puck management. If you’re going to give (Ryan) Getzlaf, (Corey) Perry and (Dustin) Penner chances, they’re going to capitalize on that. I don’t know why. It’s just a tough start for us.
"That’s been kind of our Achilles for the past few games. We can’t have the good start we need, especially on the road.”
INJURIES NOT AN EXCUSE
Despite adding Sean Monahan, TJ Galiardi and Dennis Wideman to the IR on Thursday, the Flames weren’t willing to use injuries as an excuse against the Ducks Friday night.
The trio joined Curtis Glencross and Mark Giordano in the sick bay. The Flames' captain has been out with a broken ankle since Oct 21st, while Glencross has missed 10 games with an MCL sprain.
“We don’t want to make any excuses with injuries,” Smid said. “Every team goes through that. Other guys just have to step up and be leaders.”
Despite missing significant time, both Giordano and Glencross rank in Calgary's top-10 in scoring. Monahan, week-to-week with a hairline fracture of his foot, shares the Flames' team-lead in goals with nine while Wideman's 12 points is tops among blueliners this season. Wideman could miss up to eight weeks with a broken hand.
JONES NETS PAIR IN FRONT OF DAD
Though it originally looked like Ladislav Smid would get credit for his first as a member of the Flames, it was David Jones who was the first to score in front of dad on the Father’s Trip.
Smid’s shot from the point deflected off Jones in front of Andersen and dribbled across the goal line 5:51 into the second period. Jones added another at 12:17 of the middle frame, giving him his first multi-goal game since Feb. 24, 2012 as a member of the Colorado Avalanche.
“Maybe he’s good luck,” Jones said. “Maybe we have to bring him on a [few] more.”
The 29-year-old winger is more than willing to foot the bill to have his father around a little longer.
“Sure, why not?” Jones said. “He’s done a lot for me in my career. I’m just happy to have him here.”
Calgary continues their Father’s Trip at Staples Center on Saturday night as the Flames tackle the Los Angeles Kings (8 p.m. MT, CBC).