It wasn't lack of effort although the 2nd period kind of was a sleep walk. There were a ton of chances, the system provided a lot of opportunity for the Flames to manage some goals. The real issue here is lack of finish and lack of skill.
Mathematically the Flames can still make the playoffs and if you read my blog you'll know that I have stated the Flames will tickle our hope this year right until the end but that 9 game losing streak was just too much to over come.
I think a lot of people will look to the Islanders game as a huge massive lost opportunity as well as the Boston loss because it was so close to the end of the season and those two teams so ripe for a beat down. Instead the Flames lost those two and won against the Caps who are the best team they faced on that trip!
Anyway, back to my original thought that the Flames simply lack finish, Sutter's system seeems to creat opportunity but where was Iginla? When Iginla was traded to Calgary the Calgary Sun read, "JAROME WHO??"...well it would be a fitting headline today as the captain was all but a ghost. I'm at the point where if the Sharks beat the Flames then I think they should sit Iginla for the last two games. In addition the should double shift Backlund who is the best center on the ice game in and game out latley, which also frees up Langkow for departure.
Hagman...I really like how Hagman plays but again he lacks finish! He had probably three golden chances to get a puck in the net and missed. Chances don't count at the end of the game! Or at the end of the season as I think Darryl Sutter will find out.