Beyond failing to pull out of a sudden two-game nose dive, the Red Wings authored a third period fiasco Wednesday literally handing the Flames a 5-2 victory.

Outplaying Calgary for long segments of the game and out-shooting the Flames 38-14 overall, the Wings left themselves and their coach about as frustrated as they can get, after the game.

"To me, that's a tough one to swallow, big time," Mike Babcock said.

"Tonight," said a plainly upset Niklas Kronwall, "they didn't beat us. It felt like we beat ourselves.

"It just felt like we started making hope plays that were not there, trying to make passes that are not there. They took advantage of that," Kronwall said.

"They had more opportunities than that, and we just kept giving them more and more.

"The last period was embarrassing."

The Red Wings even managed their first road power-play goal of the season from Valtteri Filppula, who returned to the lineup after seven games with an injured shoulder. Filppula's goal tied the game late in the second period at two It should have provided the Red Wings with solid momentum, especially because they were dominating much of the play.