After watching his team give up a third period lead at home for the second straight game, Calgary Flames coach Brent Sutter had some strong words for his club and their effort.
"I saw a team that stuck with the program for 36 minutes," a frustrated Sutter told the media after a 6-5 loss to the Colorado Avalanche.
Sutter has seen his squad outscored by a combined mark of 5-1 in the third period over the last two games. A 5-4 shootout win over Edmonton on Tuesday, when the club gave up two goals in the third and Thursday's loss when the Flames were outscored 3-1 in the final period. Sutter said that his group has to play their system for a full 60 minutes with no exceptions.
"The only way you can consistently be a good hockey team is if you understand that it doesn't matter who you are, this is what you have to do," Sutter said. "It doesn't matter what you've done in the past, it doesn't matter what you've done somewhere else in the past, this is our team - this is the way we have to play."
While Sutter wasn't enamored with goaltender Henrik Karlsson, who gave up six goals, he felt that the team in front of the goaltender didn't perform.
"Our best players, outside of Olli [Jokinen], weren't very good - bottom line," Sutter stated. “[Matt] Stajan's line wasn't very good…Our top defencemen weren't very good tonight."
Sutter went on to say that he feels that good teams in the league don't blow leads at home. He also stated that solving their late-game issues falls on everyone.
"There's no one left off the hook. Until everyone understands that, this is going to happen. It's my job as head coach to make darn sure it stops."