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Flames hit ‘rock bottom’ in lopsided loss to Oilers

Apr 4, 2013, 2:10 AM EDT

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The Calgary Flames, after a tumultuous trade deadline behind them and a “marching order” from ownership to general manager Jay Feaster to make next year’s playoffs, got off to a good start against the surging Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday.

And then the Flames wilted. After grabbing a 2-0 lead, Calgary surrendered the next eight goals, in an 8-2 loss. Forget the Battle of Alberta. This was a Hockey Beating in Alberta. In fact, that was just the second round.

The Flames lost the first half of this home-and-home with Edmonton, and have been outscored 12-3 in that span.

“I don’t think we could get much worse than that. That’s rock bottom, I think,” Flames forward Matt Stajan told NHL.com.

“We can’t feel sorry for ourselves, though. That’s our effort. That’s what we deserved. We didn’t deserve anything better than that. We left our goalie out to dry. It’s on ourselves to turn it around and come to the rink and expect a lot more of each other.

“It doesn’t matter where we sit in the standings. You’ve got to come to the rink. We’re NHL hockey players. You’ve got to play with a pride and give it your all every single shift. If we do that, we’ll compete every night. Today we didn’t do that.”

  1. atwatercrushesokoye - Apr 4, 2013 at 2:24 AM

    This was horrible! Feaster needs to be gone for both the O’Reilly near debacle and the fact he hired his son’s godfather to be head coach, that was his reasoning. Hartley needs to be fired cause this team is godawful under his guidance, and with the team going with youth going forward and his reluctance to work with youth* they need to bring in a good teaching coach like Dallas Eakins.

    * I know a player who played for him as a rookie, Hartley just crushed him and all of the other rookies on the team. The player is now an established NHLer with a limited no trade clause, he added the Flames to his no trade list the second Hartley was hired.

  2. hjworton46 - Apr 4, 2013 at 2:33 AM

    The only positive for Flames fans now is that we’re a lock for the number one draft pick…

    • edwelsh8 - Apr 4, 2013 at 8:34 AM

      Thanks to the lottery, no one is a lock for the number one pick.

  3. dreamzilla - Apr 4, 2013 at 3:01 AM

    as a lifelong diehard Oiler fan living in new york…i can say it loud and proud…HERE COME THE OILERS…#WECOMIN4DAPLAYOFFS…#TOTALDEMOLITION…no more of team beatin on us to pad there individual and team stats …now its our turn…#ITSOURTIME

    • timsabourin - Apr 4, 2013 at 8:25 AM

      it’s the flames, relax

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Apr 4, 2013 at 2:07 PM

      Enjoy it, you’ve got a small group of skilled undersized forwards with nothing around them and one very good defenseman with a bunch of 5-7 type guys around him. Plus you’ve already started giving out the big contracts to the young players, will they actually give “the Noog” one this year despite him not looking like he deserves it?

      It’s going to be so awesome 2 years from now when they have to start getting rid of guys due to contract and also to try and fill some of the many holes that still exist, and watching Oilers fans realize their management had no idea how to actually build a team and all they got from the entire rebuild was a couple of 8th place finishes and quick playoff exits!

      Don’t worry we’ll keep your spot at the top of the draft warm for you this year, after all we know it’s the Oilers god given right to “earn” that first pick! Who do you think you guys will take first overall in 2016?

  4. ray2013 - Apr 4, 2013 at 4:19 AM

    I watched the game on tv. I never thought I’d hear “Go Oilers Go” in the Saddledome. Flames didn’t need to win, Flames fans didn’t want them to win. And give the Oiler young guns some credit too. Last week, a franchise record for a hat trick. This week, 5 points against the Flames. Hall is tearing it up.

  5. bleedingteal4life - Apr 4, 2013 at 5:53 AM

    Muahahaha fizzle flames, fizzle!

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Apr 4, 2013 at 2:00 PM

      As a Sharks fan should you really be throwing stones? The Sharks now are actually exactly what the Flames were 4 years ago, a team that’s middle of the pack in the conference but nowhere near good enough to make a serious run at the cup. It’ll be interesting to see if the management recognizes that they’ve gotten all they can from Thornton and Marleau now or if they’ll wait till its too late? Luckily for Sharks fans they are ranked 24th as an organization for prospects…one spot behind Calgary.

      Laugh now Shark fan, this is your future!

  6. nananatman - Apr 4, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    You guys are painful to watch. How many times this year have you been obliterated in games with opposing teams scoring more than 5 goals? 3 times? 5 times? There haven’t been that many games so let’s check… 9 times… I’m including a 4-0 loss to Colorado. You have been obliterated 9 times in 34 games so there’s nearly 1/3 of your games are complete blowout loses. Cash your check.

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