It’s not the kind of record the Calgary Flames wanted to set.Not only did the team’s 5-0 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Thursday extended their losing streak to six games, but it marked an entirely separate low: the Flames haven’t even held the lead in nearly that entire timeframe. Via @Sportsnet: #Flames pic.twitter.com/9C0jW07dxY— Ryan Pike (@RyanNPike) November 22, 2019The last time Bill Peters’ team held any sort of lead was during their 5-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Nov. 7, when Sean Monahan scored a go-ahead goal halfway through the second period.Since then? Six consecutive losses. Calgary has been outscored 23-5 in those games. They have not played even with the score tied since a Nov. 9 game against St. Louis went to overtime (the Flames lost 3-2). The Flames have been shut out in three straight road games for the first time in franchise history. Calgary players reportedly held their second closed-door meeting in the locker room in just eight games after the latest beating, in which team captain Mark Giordano told reporters they offered “just a lot of honesty” to one another.Head coach Peters told reporters on Nov. 5 that the Flames “need more out of some veteran guys” amid their ugly downward trajectory, disappointing for a group that expected to contend as the Western Conference’s team to beat again this season. The team will need to find that “more” soon or face season-defining consequences. After all, a certain team east of Alberta just recently went 400 minutes without holding a lead, and their coach was fired.
1 Alvaro Morata in action for Juventus Arsenal and Real Madrid target Alvaro Morata has insisted his focus is on Euro 2016 and not his future at Juventus.The Spaniard came off the bench to score the winner in Saturday’s Coppa Italia final against AC Milan to secure a historic consecutive league and cup double for the Old Lady.Real Madrid are expected to activate their buy-back option on Morata this summer, while Arsenal are also lining up a bid.But the 23-year-old has refused to discuss where he will be next season.“It’s not my last game of the season as I have to play in the Euros,” Morata told Rai Sport.“I have to make the most of my current form and not even think about the future.”