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‘It’s a tough game’: Flames’ Kiprusoff frustrated

Mar 23, 2013, 6:37 PM EDT

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Two straight wins followed by three straight losses and repeat has been the Calgary Flames’ theme for the month of March.

On Friday, the Flames were beaten 5-1 by the Columbus Blue Jackets. Columbus extended its streak to a team-best 12th straight game with a point.

Meanwhile, things aren’t going well in Calgary. The Flames’ 11-14-4 record – and 26 points – is identical to that of the Colorado Avalanche, as they duel to stay out of the bottom of the Western Conference standings.

The Flames’ veteran goalie Miikka Kiprusoff wasn’t happy with the loss to Columbus and seems to be doing a slow boil about continued struggles in his play and that of his teammates in front of him.

“It was a tough night,” Kiprusoff told the Calgary Sun.

“As a goalie, five goals is no excuses, but I think they did get quite many quality chances tonight. Pretty tough game.

“It’s not pointing fingers. We are a team here. Five goals, it’s a tough game.”

Kiprusoff, 36, has allowed five goals in each of his last two starts – both losses for the Flames.

That’s a combined 10 goals on 51 shots in two games. But the problems aren’t necessarily all on the goaltender.

“As a goalie, you’re always the last guy standing. But the chances we’re giving … we can blame the goalie if that’s our wish but I don’t blame Miikka one bit,” Flames coach Bob Hartley told the Calgary Herald.

“We don’t give him a chance and we’ve giving up point-blank chances. We’re in the NHL. Those guys know how to shoot pucks.’’

  1. 19to77 - Mar 23, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    “As a goalie, five goals is no excuses, but I think they did get quite many quality chances tonight. Pretty tough game.”

    Story of their season. Hartley can’t decide what he wants his defenders to be – he gets them to pinch and add fire support up front but then he gets pissy when doing that all the freaking time results in a lot of odd-man scenarios. He wants top-quality shutdown defense, yet his top three D are all offensive cogs (even Bouwmeester looks better on offense than D this year). He wants them to always be responsible defensively even as they’re productive offensively – and none of them is Chara or Lidstrom, so it’s failing. Awful giveaways everywhere.

  2. phillyphanatic77 - Mar 23, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    Imagine If Colorado hadn’t matched the O’Reilly offer sheet… if both stay where they are in the standings, they could’ve potentially had the 1st and 2nd picks (depending on the lottery) in a very deep draft. They could’ve taken Seth Jones and maybe Drouin or MacKinnon to replace O’Reilly. Instead they’re stuck paying O’Reilly a boatload in this contract and even more in two years. Wow, could be a major mistake.

  3. blackhawks2010 - Mar 23, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    Kipper soft

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