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Flames stage Vegas-worthy disappearing act against Golden Knights

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LAS VEGAS – Mere metres from a strip where the likes of Criss Angel, David Copperfield and Penn & Teller have performed endless illusions, the Calgary Flames staged one of their own Saturday.

In the midst of their fifth appearance ever at T-Mobile Arena, the visitors did well to make it look like they were actually in the game for a time.

It was a façade.

Two goals in 33 seconds to open the second period gave the Flames a 2-1 lead in a game in which they had no business pretending to be front-runners.

Alas, the Golden Knights’ dominance over the Flames resumed soon thereafter when a Mark Stone goal minutes later kicked off a five-goal spree from a host team that has still never lost to Calgary at T-Mobile Arena.

Flames coach Bill Peters was unable to disguise his frustration over the effort of his team.

“We didn’t play hard enough," said Peters of his........

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