Niklas Kronwall summed up the loss as embarrassing. His coach was far more loquacious, going on for minutes about how awful the Red Wings were.

They lost, 5-2, to the Calgary Flames Wednesday at the Saddledome, a score the Wings felt was entirely their own fault.

"It's amazing to me how you can play so well," Mike Babcock said, "and look so organized and look so talented, and then it's almost like you get playing good, that you get loose. I mean, it's crazy. We just gave it to them. It had nothing to do with them. Those are self-inflicted wounds on us. Crazy mistakes for no reason whatsoever.

"To me, that was a disturbing loss, because all we had to do was continue to do things right, and you win the game. Whether we don't have the maturity as a group, or the stick-to-it-ness -- there's no sense in what happened here."

The Wings outshot the Flames, 38-22. They scored on a power play on the road for the first time in 38 attempts, with Valtteri Filppula building on Niklas Kronwall's first-period goal. It was 2-2 after two periods.

Then nothing went right. Jonas Gustavsson, playing because Jimmy Howard had a bout with flu, was porous. Everyone else was sloppy.

"Awful," Kronwall said. "We just stopped playing, and we kept turning the puck over and over and over. It didn't feel like they beat us, it felt like we beat ourselves.