Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Flames Coach Lambastes His Pathetic Squad after loss to Habs

It was only last Saturday that we reported on Glen Gulutzan's frustrations with his team after a rough loss to Edmonton. Well, the trend has continued.

Calgary was blasted 5-1 by the Canadiens at Bell Centre in Montreal on Tuesday and afterwards Gulutzan took his anger to a higher level.

"Yeah, we were pathetic. We were pathetic. It was a pathetic display," he said. "No bite back, no kick back... top guys didn't do anything and we need somebody to step up."

The Flames have now lost four straight and gone 2-6-1 in their last nine games. They have failed to score the first goal in each of those nine.

Calgary has been outscored 20-7 in their last four games, and they drop to 24-24-3 on the season. It's good enough to keep them in a Wild Card slot for now, but if things continue this way, Calgary will surely miss the post-season party.

"We have to man up," Gulatzan said. "We play well then one bad thing happens and we crumble... Our starts have been good. One little shot, it goes in and we crumble. We just crumble. We have no resolve to stay with it."

Things have been difficult for Johnny Gaudreau of late. He bobbled a puck at the blue line that led to a Montreal breakaway and allowed the Canadiens to take a 2-0 lead. The 23-year-old has been struggling on the scoresheet in a big way, with just three goals since December 6.

The New Jersey native has not scored since January 4th and he's a minus-7 in his last four games.

Flames captain Mark Giordano echoed his coach's sentiments after the game.

"We're not pushing back hard enough," he said. "Right now it's tough to explain. We're not creating any energy when we get down, it seems like we're waiting for something else bad to happen. We have to get out of this funk."