DETROIT – The Calgary Flames insist they are a better team than their record indicates.
They can prove it by ending their recent road struggles and prevent the Detroit Red Wings from notching a fourth consecutive home victory Tuesday night.
Calgary (1-3-2) took a 2-1 lead over Chicago on Jay Bouwmeester’s goal with 35 seconds left Saturday before the Blackhawks tied it with 2.3 seconds to go, then handed the Flames at 3-2 shootout loss.
Despite an NHL-low four points and losses in both shootout appearances, the Flames remain positive.
“We’ve said it all along that we’re a better team,” said forward Alex Tanguay, the team points leader with three goals and three assists. “For some reason, when you don’t win you find ways to lose, and certainly that was one of those cases.”
Calgary had a season-high 47 shots, including 24 in its two-goal third period, and limited the Blackhawks to six shots in each period of regulation.
“I see many positive signs all over our game, and it’s just a matter of collecting a couple of wins and growing a little confidence,” coach Bob Hartley said. “If we play every game like we played (Saturday), we’re going to turn our season around, that’s for sure.”
Hartley remains optimistic even though the Flames are allowing 4.0 goals per contest and have one victory while playing five of six at home. They must try to get on track with the next three games coming on the road, where they’re in the midst of an 0-2-4 stretch going back to last season.