Flames-Panthers Preview

Bob Hartley has been impressed with the way his Calgary Flames have managed to successfully move on from defeats.

Trying to rebound from perhaps their roughest loss of the season, the visiting Flames look to further please their coach when they face the Florida Panthers on Saturday.

Calgary (8-5-2) outscored Montreal and Washington 10-5 to win the first two on a five-game trip, but allowed a season high for goals in Thursday's 5-2 loss at Tampa Bay. The end to a three-game winning streak left the Flames humbled.

"It (brings) us back down again," said defenseman Mark Giordano, who with two assists has five and three goals during a five-game point streak. "We'll move forward."

The Flames have dropped back-to-back games once this season. In the second of those contests, they earned a point with a 2-1 shootout defeat to the Canadiens on Oct. 28.

In Hartley's eyes, the ability to not allow the effects of a loss to linger has been key to Calgary's surprising early success.

"We just have to bounce back," said Hartley, whose club is 6-3-0 on the road. "This team has showed so much resiliency and everything. We'll go back to the drawing board. It's disappointing but it's one game."

Jiri Hudler and Sean Monahan scored for the Flames, who were tied at 1 with the Lightning after one period but often struggled to handle Tampa Bay's quickness the rest of the way.

''I don't think that we looked like a bunch of fat cats out there," Hartley said. "It's not a matter that they outworked us. They outsmarted us because we made some bad mistakes, but it's a game of mistakes. No one does it on purpose, especially not in this organization.''

A 22-goal scorer as a rookie last season, Monahan has recorded three of his five goals in the last four games. He was held without a point last season when the Flames took both meetings with Florida (4-3-4).

The Panthers' 4-0-3 stretch ended Thursday when they concluded an 0-1-1 trip with a 4-1 loss to Philadelphia.

"A loss like this isn't very good for us on a road trip, but I think we have to move on," forward Nick Bjugstad told the Panthers' official website after scoring his first goal of the season. "We'll be fine and keep playing the way we are."

Last in the league with 16 goals, Florida has scored more than two once.

The Panthers, however, have posted two straight 2-1 home victories, and have yielded a goal apiece in three consecutive home contests after opening there with a 5-1 loss to New Jersey.

"Hopefully we can keep that going," Bjugstad said.

Roberto Luongo may get the chance to rebound after allowing all four goals on 30 shots against the Flyers. That effort followed a 4-0-2 stretch in which he posted a 1.47 goals-against average.

Luongo allowed both goals on 17 shots in Florida's 2-1 home loss to Calgary on April 4.

Brad Boyes is tied for the Panthers' lead with six points, but he has one in the four home contests.

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