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Brent Sutter didn’t take Flames’ latest loss very well

Mar 23, 2012, 12:10 AM EDT

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The Calgary Flames received a charity point from their 3-2 shootout loss to the Minnesota Wild, so that’s something.

Actually, charity points have become a common thing for the Flames, whose four-game losing streak included two shootout losses and an OT defeat. That result halts the Flames in 10th place with 83 points no matter what happens in the West’s other big games tonight, which didn’t leave Brent Sutter very happy.

Michael Russo paints the picture on Twitter: Flames executives looked “fiery mad” after the letdown, particularly Sutter, who was “fuming and screaming” while speaking to GM Jay Feaster. In fact, Sutter was angry enough that Craig Hartsburg conducted the press conference after Sutter was seen “kicking the heck out of a trash can” on his way out of the locker room.

Perhaps highlights of the loss might explain Sutter’s rage and maybe why he made his strange player choices for the shootout?

It’s not just the losses, though – it’s the opponents. After winning five games in a row largely against tough teams, they fell to the Edmonton Oilers in regulation, the Columbus Blue Jackets and Wild in shootouts and the Colorado Avalanche in overtime.

Come to think of it, that’s the kind of run that makes you want to unleash your rage on an innocent trash can, doesn’t it?

  1. jason9696 - Mar 23, 2012 at 12:54 AM

    I’m not a big Flames fan. But why wasn’t Jerome Iginla used in the shootout? He’s far and away their best player. You mine as well go down with your best.

    • jrcan13 - Mar 23, 2012 at 2:07 PM

      As I mentioned to danp – Their shootout record using those players is 3W and 9L – he tried something different and he was wrong. Had he used the same players and lost yet again people would have been on him for doing that.

  2. danphipps01 - Mar 23, 2012 at 2:10 AM

    Iginla, Jokinen, Tanguay, Giordano, all would’ve been smarter choices. Jesus, Sutter’s an idiot. He threw that game with that insane selection.

    • jrcan13 - Mar 23, 2012 at 2:06 PM

      Their shootout record using those players is 3W and 9L – he tried something different and he was wrong. Had he used the same players and lost yet again people would have been on him for doing that.

  3. hoarce7 - Mar 23, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    Quite frankly maybe it should be the other way around, meaning the can kicked the crap out of Sutter. Really do any of the Sutter brothers have a reputable coaching resume to write home about for the time any of them have held a head coaching position in the NHL? Not to my way of thinking and furthermore none of them would be at the top of my list as a coahcing candidate for my team if I owned one. Quality players yes, head coaches however are a different kettle of fish and in my opinion none of the Sutters have the fins for this type of job at this particular level.

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