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Iginla addresses recent struggles: “As soon as I start thinking, I stop moving my feet”

Feb 28, 2012, 5:42 PM EDT

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With no goals, one assist and a minus-six rating in his last five games, Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla know he needs to turn things around.

As for how he plans to turn things around?

Simple — quit thinking.

“I’ve got to not think about things too much,” Iginla told the Calgary Sun. “As soon as I start thinking, I stop moving my feet. You’ve seen me in some tough stretches, and I find it’s when I get a little hesitant, and everything starts looking slow.

“The last five games, unfortunately, haven’t been really good. That’s probably the rut I’ve been in, and I plan on getting out of it.”

As is often the case, the Flames go as their captain go — and over the last five games they’re 1-2-2, scoring just 10 goals while allowing 18. That’s put Calgary in 11th place in the Western Conference with 67 points, three back of eighth-place Dallas (three back of ninth-place Colorado as well.)

That said, Iginla isn’t the only Flame struggling at the moment. Olli Jokinen, Michael Cammalleri, Jay Bouwmeester and Mark Giordano have all struggled to produce, perhaps a byproduct of having to log heavy minutes for a team lacking depth and talent.

Not that head coach Brent Sutter is ready to start making excuses.

“We’ve put a lot on those guys’ shoulders the last two, two-and-a-half months because of the situation we got into with injuries, and there’s been nights when those guys had to play 24, 25, 26 minutes,” Sutter said. “They’re going through a little tough time, no different from the team, but we’ve got to get through it. We’ve got to stay together, hang tough together.

“You win as a team, lose as a team. What we’ve gone through is a team thing and we have to get through it.”

  1. DTF31 - Feb 28, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    Its sad, but Iggy now isn’t the Iggy he’s used to being. He used to be great at always finding that half step to beat players and its been hard for him to find consistantly this year. Other years he would be on and off, but the off moments were never long.

  2. claysbar - Feb 28, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    Shy of Kipper, the Flames haven’t really given him any real support. Good second line players but never really anything else.

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