Ducks 5, Flames 3
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Teemu Selanne tallied twice and Michael Wall made 19 saves in his NHL debut to lead Anaheim over the Calgary Flames 5-3 on Sunday at Honda Center.
Samuel Pahlsson, Ryan Getzlaf and Todd Marchant also scored for the Ducks who run their conference-best record to 17-2-6 with 40 standings points.
Kristian Huselius added a pair of goals for Calgary who fell to 10-10-2 on the season.
"We got some timely goals and everything just came together," said Selanne. "I just tried to keep my game simple and stop that first shot. It's easy to relax after you get that first one. It's one of those things that really gets you into the game."
Wall was called up to make the start between the pipes for Anaheim when JS Giguere was sidelined before the game with a lower body injury. Regular back up Ilya Bryzgalov has been on the shelf for Anaheim, also with a lower body injury, since November 17. David McKee, brought up from Augusta of the ECHL to back up Giguere on November 21, backed-up Wall in the contest.
"I didn't really have too much time to think about (getting the start), which I think was a bonus," said Wall. "I just went out there and tried to do the same things I was doing down in Portland."
Wall was 5-1-1 in seven games in Portland of the AHL with a 3.23 goals against average and an .871 save percentage before his recall.
"You wouldn't know it was his first game," said Selanne. "He did a great job. He looked so nice and calm. I'm so happy for him because I know how nervous you can be playing your first game, especially at home. He did his job and gave us a chance to win the game. Everybody else did their job too. That's what it takes for this club."
Pahlsson started the scoring for Anaheim with his sixth goal of the season at 8:39 of the first period. Pahlsson took a pass off the boards from Francois Beauchemin and fired a low wrist shot past Calgary goaltender Jamie McLennan to give the Ducks a 1-0 lead.
McLennan appeared in just his second game this season. Miikka Kiprusoff got the start last night in Los Angeles for the Flames.
Kristian Huselius tied the contest for Calgary at 11:17 of the first period. Huselius received a pass from Dion Phaneuf going to the Anaheim net. The Flames right wing deked and roofed a backhand for his eighth goal of the season.
The Ducks took a 2-1 lead at 5:13 of the second period on the power play. Ducks defenseman Chris Pronger hit Selanne with a long pass to send the winger in alone on McLennan. Selanne flipped a backhand past McLennan for his ninth goal of the year.
The goal also gave Selanne his 600th career point as an Anaheim Duck.
"I didn't even know that," said Selanne. "I'm not a big numbers guy. But this has been a happy place for me. I've enjoyed every point here. I'm very lucky to play with all these great players."
Huselius poked a rebound past Wall for his second goal of the game to tie the contest 2-2 at 4:23 of the third period. As the teams scrambled in front of the net, Huselius managed to get a backhand on a loose puck that just trickled over the goal line.
Getzlaf retook the lead for the Ducks again at 9:16 of the third period. With Anaheim on the power play, Getzlaf poked the puck past Flames defenseman Andrew Ference at neutral ice to create an odd-man rush. Getzlaf rifled a wrist shot over McLennan's right shoulder to give Anaheim a 3-2 advantage.
Selanne gave the Ducks a two-goal advantage at 16:10 of the third. The veteran winger caught a pass streaking through the neutral zone and got past Calgary defenseman Dion Phaneuf. Selanne scored on the backhand for his second goal of the game to make it 4-2 Ducks.
Daymond Langkow added a late power play goal for the Flames and Marchant countered with an empty netter seconds later to seal the 5-3 Anaheim victory.
GAME LOG - FINAL
20:00 - END OF GAME - SHOTS ON GOAL - ANA 39, CGY 22
19:43 - ANAHEIM GOAL - EMPTY NET - TODD MARCHANT (6).
19:39 - CALGARY GOAL - POWER PLAY - DAYMOND LANGKOW (7).
18:37 - ANA PEN - Chris Pronger goes off for high sticking. The Calgary net is empty and the Flames will try to capitalize on a 6-on-4 situation in the Anaheim zone.
16:10 - ANAHEIM GOAL - TEEMU SELANNE (9). Selanne streaks through center ice and gets around Calgary defenseman Dion Phaneuf. The Finnish Flash finishes on the backhand to give Anaheim a 4-2 lead. Assists go to Travis Moen and Sean O'Donnell.
9:16 - ANAHEIM GOAL - POWER PLAY - RYAN GETZLAF (9). Getzlaf pokes a puck past Calgary defenseman Andrew Ference to create an odd man rush into the Flames zone. Getzlaf rockets and wrist shot over McLennan's right shoulder. The assists go to Corey Perry and Francois Beauchemin.
7:28 - CGY PEN - Byron Ritchie goes off for slashing. Anaheim goes on their sixth power play - they are 1-for-5 in the game.
4:23 - CALGARY GOAL - KRISTIAN HUSELIUS (9). Huselius gets his second goal of the game by poking a rebound past Wall to tie the game. Assists go to Byron Ritchie and Marcus Nilson.
0:00 - The third period is under way at Honda Center between the Ducks and Flames.
20:00 - END OF 2ND PERIOD - SHOTS ON GOAL - ANA 15-27, CGY 3-11
16:27 - CGY PEN - Andrew Ference goes off for holding. Anaheim is 0-for-4 on the power play today.
14:27 - ANA PEN - George Parros takes a hooking minor. Calgary goes on their third power play - they are 0-for-2.
5:13 - ANAHEIM GOAL - POWER PLAY - TEEMU SELANNE (9). Chris Pronger hits Selanne with a long pass streaking over the Calgary blue line. Selanne gets in alone on McLennan and flips a backhand past the Calgary netminder to give Anaheim a 2-1 lead. Pronger picks up the only helper.
4:02 - CGY PEN - Chuck Kobasew is whistled for hooking. Anaheim goes on their fourth power play, the Ducks are 0-for-3 with the man advantage today.
0:00 - Start of 2nd period. Anaheim begins with 0:58 of power play time left on Lundmark's minor.
20:00 - END OF 1ST PERIOD - SHOTS ON GOAL: ANA 12, CGY 8.
18:58 - CGY PEN - Jamie Lundmark goes off for hooking. Anaheim goes on their third power play - they are 0-for-2.
16:07 - ANA PEN - Scott Niedermayer is called for holding the stick. Calgary goes on their second power play - they are 0-for-1.
11:17 - CALGARY GOAL - KRISTIAN HUSELIUS (8). Huselius gets a pass from Dion Phaneuf going toward the goal, dekes and roofs a backhand to tie the game 1-1. Assists go to Phaneuf and Matthew Lombardi. The goal is even strength.
10:50 - ANA PEN - Teemu Selanne takes a hooking minor negating Anaheim's second PP.
9:20 - CGY PEN - Chuck Kobasew takes a cross checking minor. Corey Perry was the recipient of the cross check and he and Kobasew drop the gloves. Both get fighting majors in addition to the Kobasew minor. Anaheim goes on their second power play - they are 0-for-1.
8:39 - ANAHEIM GOAL - SAMUEL PAHLSSON (6). Pahlsson takes a pass off the boards from Francois Beauchemin and fires a low wrist shot past McLennan to give Anaheim a 1-0 lead. Beauchemin gets the lone assist.
7:07 - George Parros and Darren McCarty drop the gloves at center ice. Parros gets a few rights in and knocks McCarty to the ice. Both men receive fighting majors.
1:51 - CGY PEN - Mark Giordano takes a holding penalty. Anaheim goes on their first power play. The Ducks are operating at 21.1% with the man advantage and the Flames are killing at 79.7% (26th NHL).
0:00 - 1st period is under way at Honda Center.
0:00 - Both JS Giguere and Ilya Bryzgalov are scratched from tonight's contest. Michael Wall was called up from Portland and will make his NHL debut for Anaheim. Wall will be backed-up by David McKee.
Starting Goaltenders: ANA 31 Michael Wall, CGY 29 Jamie McLennan
Scratches: ANA G 30 Ilya Bryzgalov, G 35 JS Giguere, C 39 Travis Green; CGY D 44 Rhett Warrener
The Ducks face the Calgary Flames today at 5 p.m. at Honda Center.
Calgary and Anaheim locked up on November 10 at Pengrowth Saddledome in the latest installment of this growing rivalry with the Flames handing the Ducks their first regulation loss of the season. Mikka Kiprusoff stopped 37 shots in the contest to help Calgary defeat Anaheim 3-0.
These two teams battled to a seventh game in last season's Western Conference Quarterfinals with the Ducks taking game seven on Calgary's home ice.
This season, the Ducks, at 16-2-6 with 38 points, have suffered only one other regulation defeat since their Nov. 10 match up with Calgary. Anaheim is coming off a 4-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Friday at Honda Center.
The Flames are 10-9-2 and currently sit at the bottom of the Western Conference's Northwest Division with 22 points. Calgary is coming off a 3-1 loss last night to the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center.
Calgary is led offensively by captain Jarome Iginla (11-13=24), Alex Tanguay (4-15=19) and Daymond Langkow (6-11=17). Kiprusoff has carried the load between the pipes this season playing in all but one game for Calgary and is 10-9-1 with a 2.16 GAA and .928 Save %.
After today's contest, Anaheim will hit the road to face Edmonton on Tuesday and Vancouver on Thursday before returning to Southern California to battle the Kings in a home-and-home series next weekend.