Even if country music isn't your bag, Nashville is a great party town.

Imagine how fun it can be to ring in the New Year.

When the countdown to 2012 was in full swing, traffic was at a standstill throughout the downtown, especially along the strip of honky-tonks, and the fireworks set off sounded at midnight like a series of bombs.

The Calgary Flames sure weren't celebrating the calendar flipping, at least not after a 5-3 loss to the Predators Sunday.

How they played for much of the game, it would be easy to wonder whether anybody was tripping the light fantastic the night before.

"Guys weren't out or anything like that. This is too important to be fooling around at this point in time," said Flames centre Brendan Morrison.

"This is a big game for us, a team we're trying to catch.

"It's a disappointing loss."

It should be, because it was a horrible performance.

Morrison scored his 200th career goal, finally reaching a milestone he'd been shooting for, but that was one of the few highlights along the way in his team's third straight defeat.

About the only other was Jarome Iginla's 499th goal of his career, not so much because it puts him within a single shot of becoming the 42nd player to join the NHL's 500-goal club, but because it gave the Flames a 1-0 edge less than four minutes into the clash before the crowd of 17,113 at the Bridgestone Arena.