The Red Wings trailed by two goals in the first period and failed to get the tying goal in the second period despite controlling the play.

The Wings lost, 4-1, to the Calgary Flames at Joe Louis Arena on Tuesday night.

It was the second straight loss to a team at the bottom of the NHL's Western Conference standings. The Wings lost, 4-2, on Saturday night at Columbus.

"You obviously want to get off to a better start," coach Mike Babcock said of the loss. "I thought we did lots of good things tonight, but we made some mistakes, and they shot it in our net without any question about it. So we're chasing the game. We had opportunities but didn't capitalize on them. I didn't think we were terrible, but catch-up hockey is losing hockey. You can't start from behind. You've got to start from ahead."

The Wings entered the second period trailing by two goals despite outshooting the Flames, 10-9, in the first 20 minutes.

Jarome Iginla scored his first goal of the season, knocking in a rebound from in front at 3:24, less than a minute after Wings forward Jordin Tootoo fought Steve Begin.

Curtis Glencross gave the Flames a two-goal cushion when he scored a 5-on-3 power-play goal at 10:35 after penalties by Jonathan Ericsson for interference and Kyle Quincey for tripping.

"First and foremost, we have to have a better start and not spot them any goals," said defenseman Niklas Kronwall. "It's a lot more fun to have the puck and be in control instead of the other way around."