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Game Two: Anaheim 4, Calgary 3

Sunday, 04.23.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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Game Two: Anaheim 4, Calgary 3

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) - Scott Niedermayer showed why he was one of the top free agents in the NHL last summer.

The Anaheim defenseman scored a short-handed goal and logged nearly 30 minutes of ice time Sunday night to help the Mighty Ducks beat Calgary 4-3 to even the Western Conference series at a game apiece.

"We're happy to be going back like this," said Niedermayer, who won three Stanley Cups in 12 years with New Jersey before coming to Anaheim. "If we were going back down two, it would have been a hole that would've been tough. Now we just shorten the series a little bit and start again from scratch in a couple days."

Niedermayer gave Anaheim a 2-0 lead in the first period with a sensational short-handed goal.

Niedermayer cleanly stripped the puck from Matthew Lombardi in the Ducks' zone, then showed his speed in racing away on a 150-foot breakaway. Moving in on Miikka Kiprusoff, Niedermayer cut to his left and slid a forehand shot under the Flames' goalie for his 18th career playoff goal.

"He's a superstar," Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said. "He plays every situation, night in, night out, has the ability to elevate his game, and does all the things that are necessary to provide you with leadership."

Sami Pahlsson, Chris Kunitz, and Joffrey Lupul also scored for Anaheim, and Jarome Iginla, Kristian Huselius and Dion Phaneuf countered for Calgary.

Game 3 of the best-of-seven series is Tuesday night in Anaheim. In Game 1, Darren McCarty scored 9:45 into overtime to give the Flames a 2-1 victory.

Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 22 saves in his return to Anaheim's lineup. Giguere, the Conn Smythe winner as the playoff MVP in 2003 when Anaheim reached the Stanley Cup final, sat out Anaheim's overtime loss Friday night because of a lower-body injury.

"It's a big win for us to go back with a 1-1 tie," Giguere said. "The Flames are not going to give us anything for free and we're not going to give them anything for free. It will be a hard battle all the way to the end and most of the games are going to be pretty tight. That's the way we should expect them."

Anaheim took a 3-0 lead on Lupul's goal at 5:10 of the second period, but Calgary rallied on Iginla's short-handed goal at 9:09 and Huselius' power-play score with 8:07 left in the period. Pahlsson made it 4-2 at 7:55 of the third period, and Phaneuf completed the scoring with a power-play goal with 4:29 to play.

"They were more desperate than us off the start and we didn't match it," Iginla said. "It was that first period where we were very flat and they were good. They got out ahead of us and we didn't fully get back into it."

Giguere held off the Flames on another late power play, and stopped Lombardi's shot from 15 feet with 2 seconds remaining.

Kunitz opened the scoring for the Mighty Ducks at 9:37 of the first period and Niedermayer made it 2-0 with his short-handed goal with 6:40 left in the period.

Kiprusoff made 16 saves. He allowed four goals for the first time in 38 games dating to a 4-3 overtime loss at Vancouver on Jan. 8.

Calgary was 2-for-12 on the power play, while Anaheim was 0-for-6.

"We have to be sharper and do the little things better," Flames defenseman Roman Hamrlik. "We have to play a full hockey game and be better prepared."

Notes: Calgary made two lineup changes, inserting forwards Craig MacDonald and Mike Leclerc for Chris Simon and Jamie Lundmark. ... When Calgary opens a playoff series with a split at home, the Flames are 4-6 - including losses the last four times they have faced that scenario (1990, '91, '93 and '94). Each of those losses came in the opening round. The last time Calgary won a series after an initial home split was in the 1989 Stanley Cup final when the Flames beat Montreal in six games.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 31 56 28 87
C. Perry 81 43 39 32 82
N. Bonino 77 22 27 14 49
M. Perreault 69 18 25 13 43
A. Cogliano 82 21 21 13 42
C. Fowler 70 6 30 15 36
K. Palmieri 71 14 17 9 31
D. Winnik 76 6 24 6 30
H. Lindholm 78 6 24 29 30
S. Koivu 65 11 18 3 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 20 5 0 .923 2.29
J. Hiller 29 13 7 .911 2.48


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