SNAPSHOTS: Flames fall behind early (again) in loss to Oilers

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Author of the article:

Wes Gilbertson

Publishing date:

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.

Again.

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.

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