The boos started at the seven minute mark of the first period.
And a Calgary team which had rocketed to unheard of heights earlier this season found itself continuing its startling disintegration with a fourth straight loss, this time to Dallas 3-0 in front of 15,710 last night at the Pengrowth Saddledome.
The Flames were deserving of the ire of their fans after a moribund first period where the visitors were thrown a red carpet direct to Roman Turek's doorstep in building a quick 2-0 lead.
A few weeks ago Flames coach Greg Gilbert warned his Flames they wouldn't be sneaking up on teams after their brilliant start. Although it would be fair to say the Flames have lost the element of surprise as the season advances it is probably also accurate to say that lately the Flames look like a tired team. Their collective speed has disappeared and their game plan of wearing teams down with ample hitting has also fallen by the wayside.
In short, without speed, hitting and a high-energy approach the Flames are mediocre at best.
Dallas popped two early goals in this one and then gave the Flames little as they padded their NHL record since 1999-2000 of 56-0-4-3 when ahead after two periods.
The game marked the first time Flames netminder Roman Turek had lost to a former team in 11 starts. It was also the first time in 14 Saddledome starts this year that Calgary failed to collect a point, falling to 9-1-2-2 on home ice.
Flames are 13-6-4-2 on the season, good for 32 points and fifth overall in the NHL.
Marty Turco got the shutout for Dallas, his second straight at the Saddledome over the Flames.
Benoit Brunet opened scoring at 2:44 when Turek allowed a large rebound and Igor Kravchuk failed to take Brunet's stick out of the play, leaving the newly acquired Dallas winger a chip shop for a 1-0 lead.