Oh yeah, the Calgary Flames are consistent.

Consistent at being inconsistent.

We're not talking game to game here.

Those struggles are happening period to period, and the end result was Monday night's 5-4 loss the Anaheim Ducks.

Two games — two losses — to start the 2012-13 NHL season and the Flames have ridden one dubious trend: Good period, bad period, good period, bad period, good period, bad period.

Unfortunately for them, the third period against the Ducks was from the smelly department.

"At times, it's been good. I think we've shown the way we want to play," said Flames defenceman Jay Bouwmeester. "If we can be consistent with the way we played in the second period (Monday night) and the first period (Sunday) … It's just a matter of putting a whole game together."

A whole game would be great. Even consecutive periods to build in a big enough lead would be acceptable at this point.

After coming back from a three-goal deficit to make it a tie game going into the final frame, the Flames watched it go for naught to the chagrin of the Saddledome sellout crowd of 19,289 fans.

Daniel Winnik netted his second goal of the game — and fourth of the young season, if you can believe it — to break the deadlock.

Then, former Calgary Hitmen star Ryan Getzlaf also scored his second of the night for the eventual game-winner.

Lee Stempniak put the Flames one shot away from again drawing even, but the late push fell short.

The end result is the Flames are 0-2 to start the season, while the Ducks can boast a pair of wins in as many outings.

"We need to be sharper," Flames captain Jarome Iginla said. "Guys are working hard. Guys want to do the right things, but we're making some mistakes. The consistency of going to the right position and being at the right spots isn't there throughout our lineup. We've got to get sharper and tighter there."