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Flames unfazed amid first taste of playoff adversity

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CALGARY – No one trashed the dressing room, smashed their stick or threw anyone under the bus.

Nobody blamed the officiating or chalked it up to bad luck. Even a day later, no one made excuses. The Calgary Flames are owning their Game 2 overtime loss to Colorado.

As they should. They simply weren’t good enough. They weren’t fast enough or hard enough to play against, and they definitely didn’t open with the type of emotion and intensity the Avalanche did.

And from all that Mike Smith actually takes great solace.

"I don’t think we’ve played our best hockey yet," said the Flames’ 37-year-old netminder, showing no signs of concern following Saturday’s 3-2 overtime loss at the Saddledome.

"I think everyone in here will tell you the same thing – I think we were a little tentative. We weren’t skating as well as we can and we have, and it made them look really, really fast. We’ll clean that up."

The Avalanche looked fast alright – much faster than a Flames crew that chased the Avs around the ice in the first two periods while Smith played hero once again. But with every glove........

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