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Flames drawing on past adversity, response ahead of crucial Game 4

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DENVER — Mike Smith stared right back at his questioner with an edge fully understandable given the situation.

“I think everyone realizes we’re not good enough right now — not even close,” said the Calgary Flames netminder. “Everyone needs to be better. We played a very good hockey team and from me out no one was very good, and when that happens it’s just a recipe for disaster.”

Coach Bill Peters agreed.

“We got out-skated in all three games so we’ve got to get our pace picked up,” he said. “Our foot speed definitely has to get to where the NHL is. Right now I don’t think we’re at that pace.”

No, these aren’t comments following the Flames’ 6-2 embarrassment in Game 3.

They are reactions from a drubbing almost six months earlier when the Flames were humiliated 9-1 against Pittsburgh.

The quotes, reactions and feelings stemming from that game were eerily similar to the ones echoed in a deathly silent Flames dressing room Monday, following a game against Colorado in which they allowed 56 shots.

As the hockey world wonders if the Flames are capable of........

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