Frustration reaches another level in Flames’ dressing room!
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Frustration reaches another level in Flames’ dressing room!

From bad to worse…



The Calgary Flames were a no-show last night, falling 3-0 to the visiting St. Louis Blues… It marked Calgary’s fourth loss in a row. This has been a tough stretch for the Flames, who have been outscored 6-1 on home ice, prompting star players like Blake Coleman and Nikita Zadorov to publicly call them out for not buying in.

The latter was back at it again on Thursday following the shutout loss.

“I just want to apologize to our fans,” Zadorov said after the game. “We’re playing like s*** right now. Tough to watch.”

The defenseman made sure to add that he wasn’t criticizing any specific teammates with his previous incendiary comments. He maintains that he is pointing out the team is struggling to gel early in the season, and is not the only one.

“We weren’t broken, we just sucked,” added head coach Ryan Huska.

Frustration has reached another level in the Flames’ dressing room with more players voicing their anger towards their performance early into the campaign despite a new coaching group and management led by general manager Craig Conroy.

Fans are getting fed up as well. While most of the crowd of 16,897 at the Saddledome stood in silence for most of the game, some did boo the team after the second and third periods. The team’s highest-paid players Jonathan Huberdeau and Nazem Kadri, who are making a combined $17.5 million this season, heard the boos from the local crowd when they touched the puck in the later stages of the game. But no one is laying the blame solely on them as every Flames player needs to step up.

“I would have booed too if I saw the way we played,” said top-line center Elias Lindholm.

He added: “Unless we work, nothing’s going to change.”

The Flames did start off the campaign on the right foot, winning two of its first four games before hitting its current skid and now sits sixth in the Pacific Division at 2-5-1. They need to find a way to score to get out of the 27th league-wide ranking with 2.43 goals per game.

Despite growing more and more frustrated, Zadorov said there is no panic.

“We’re all grown men in here…only one path out and it’s together.”

They have a chance to get back on track on Sunday when they will face another team dealing with losses and frustration in the Edmonton Oilers, who have also lost four straight games.

They will face outdoors at the Heritage Classic on Sunday. Let’s hope the cold air whips their butts into working harder.

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