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Flames’ coach Hartley: ‘We’re hitting major speed bumps right now’

Jan 10, 2014, 12:48 AM EDT

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It started as a rude welcome back from the holiday break. It’s grown into a monumental slump, and an end doesn’t appear in sight.

The Calgary Flames were shut out 5-0 by the visiting (and red-hot) St. Louis Blues on Thursday. That’s the fifth time in the past seven games the Flames have been held off the score sheet. They’ve been outscored 11-0 in the past two games.

And the Battle of Alberta, once one of the storied rivalries in the NHL, has turned into a battle to see who can escape the bottom of the Pacific Division.

“We’re pros and we said right from the start that we’re starting a rebuild. We’re hitting major speed bumps right now,” said Flames head coach Bob Hartley, as per Kristen Odland of the Calgary Herald.

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