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Frolik takes responsibility for costly penalty

2/4/2012

CALGARY, Alberta -- It was a down and dejected Michael Frolik who met the media after his Chicago Blackhawks team fell 3-1 to the Calgary Flames on Friday.

His high-sticking penalty late in the second period put the Flames on the power play and instead of a 1-1 second intermission tie, Calgary took the lead with a Jay Bouwmeester rebound goal.

“I hit him in the face and he was bleeding so it was four minutes,” Frolik said. “I feel sorry for the guys. You have to control the stick. It was like the turning point.”

Momentum carried over for the Flames, who played a solid third period, extending their lead on a beauty of a goal by Jarome Iginla.

“It was my bad,” Frolik said of giving them that momentum.

Frolik didn’t shy away from his responsibility in the loss, but the play was just one in a year he’d like to forget. Stuck on just five goals in 49 games he can’t be taking bad penalties that cost his team points in the standings.

Slappers

  • Duncan Keith was minus-2 and on the ice for all three goals-against. He missed a puck in the third period that went through him and to Iginla who scored on a breakaway.

    “Our positioning was fine, we just missed the puck,” Quenneville said. “It was a break for them.”

  • The Hawks lost their seventh consecutive road game and season high fifth-in-a-row overall.

    Quotable

    “It’s probably a lot higher than I want to admit.” -- Steve Montador, on his frustration level.