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Feb 20, 2021 • 6 minutes ago • 5 minute read
Calgary Flames Mark Giordano in a foot race with Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers during NHL hockey in Calgary on Friday February 19, 2021. Al Charest / Postmedia Photo by Al Charest /Al Charest Article content
Where to start this time?
Ah yes … The start.
You’re forgiven for thinking you’ve read this story already, but this is just the latest chapter in what has become a case of same old, same old for the Calgary Flames, who stuck with their frustrating tradition of falling behind early and were unable to dig themselves out in Friday’s 2-1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers at the Saddledome.
“Somehow, we still have to find a way to score the first goal and play with a lead and take it from there,” said Flames defenceman Rasmus Andersson. “I mean, you’re not going to win a whole lot of games when you’re chasing from behind every time.”
For 40-some hours after a lopsided loss to the Vancouver Canucks, everything about these Flames had been questioned — their coaching, their locker-room culture, their competitive spirit and give-a-hoot.
This wasn’t a bad response — to be honest, they have had worse games with better results — but their inability to strike first remains an unsolved mystery.