Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Calgary Coach Gulutzan: 'We Were Pathetic' after Flames' 5-1 Loss to Canadiens

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Calgary Coach Gulutzan: 'We Were Pathetic' after Flames' 5-1 Loss to Canadiens

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Gulutzan: 'We were pathetic' after Flames loss

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MONTREAL - Calgary Flames coach Glen Gulutzan did not mince words after his side's lopsided loss in Montreal.

The Flames were the second-best team for much of the night as the Canadiens came away with a 5-1 victory to extend Calgary's losing skid to four games. A frustrated Gulutzan did not hesitate to criticize his players after the game.

"We were pathetic," he said. "It was a pathetic display. No bite back, no kick back. Our top guys didn't do anything. We needed someone to step up.

"You just have to man up. We play well, one bad thing happens and we crumple. Our starts have been good, but one little shot goes in and we crumple. We have no resolve to stay with it."

Montreal (29-13-7) took a lead late in the first period and never looked back. Alexander Radulov scored twice and Carey Price made 30 saves for his 22nd win of the season.

Sam Bennett scored Calgary's lone goal with just one second remaining in the third period to deny Price's shutout bid.

Down 3-0 in the second, the Flames (24-24-3) had a golden opportunity to get back into the game but made nothing of it.

With Jeff Petry and Jacob De La Rose in the penalty box, Calgary was on a 5-on-3 power play for 47 seconds. To make matters trickier for Montreal, Tomas Plekanec was playing without his stick. But time ticked away without a single shot on Price.

"We had our windows to get back in," said Gulutzan. "We got a 5-on-3, broken stick, we couldn't even muster a shot. What bugs me most is we play when it's easy. If we have that mentality, we have to fight out of it."

The Flames, who were coming off a 4-0 losing effort in Toronto on Monday, started out with good energy despite playing in the second game of a back-to-back. But for the ninth consecutive game, Calgary conceded a goal first.

The visitors fell behind at 19:18 of the first period when Andrew Shaw ripped one past Chad Johnson for his seventh of the season. …

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