Calgary Flames Continue Dreadful Struggle in Loss to St. Louis Blues

By David Miller
Jaroslav Halak
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Someone once said that the best strategy for winning a game was to score more goals than the other team. While that is sound advice for any NHL team, the Calgary Flames are having fits scoring more goals than the other team right now because they cannot seem to get the first one up there. On Thursday night the Flames out-shot the St. Louis Blues 33 – 29 but where it counts there was an all too familiar zero on the scoreboard.
The Blues are a good team and certainly there should be credit sent to them and especially goaltender Jaroslav Halak for his third shutout of the season, but when a team is shutout in back to back games there is usually a problem. The Flames though have been shutout in 5 of their last 7 games. Somehow there needs to be a new word to describe this inability to get a number on the board.
On Thursday, as noted by the shot total, it wasn’t about a lack of shots or even power play chances. They were 0 for 7 with an extra man. Who knows what needs to happen with the Flames but whatever they plan to do to get some goals on the board, they had better decide to do it quickly. They have the third lowest point total in the NHL ahead of only the Edmonton Oilers and Buffalo Sabers.
The playoffs aren’t looking like much of a chance if they don’t turn things around. Certainly it must be said that there is time left. Possibly it could even be suggested that their play at the moment is better than the results. Were that proven true it could be a sign that they are just a few games away or one big comeback shy of turning the entire season around. It is possible but they need to get it done fast if they still want an outside shot.
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