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Previous Game: Ducks Trail Early, Lose 7-2 at Calgary

Thursday, 03.13.2014 / 12:00 PM / News
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Previous Game: Ducks Trail Early, Lose 7-2 at Calgary
CALGARY -- The Anaheim Ducks learned the hard way that the Calgary Flames still have plenty to play for. Calgary scored three times on its first five shots and rolled to a 7-2 victory against the Pacific Division-leading Ducks on Tuesday night. The Flames, 13th in the Western Conference and 26th in the overall standings, snapped a two-game losing skid and extended their recent improvement on home ice; Calgary has won seven of its past 10 at Scotiabank Saddledome.
CALGARY -- The Anaheim Ducks learned the hard way that the Calgary Flames still have plenty to play for.

Calgary scored three times on its first five shots and rolled to a 7-2 victory against the Pacific Division-leading Ducks on Tuesday night. The Flames, 13th in the Western Conference and 26th in the overall standings, snapped a two-game losing skid and extended their recent improvement on home ice; Calgary has won seven of its past 10 at Scotiabank Saddledome.

The Ducks (43-16-7) appeared to be in control of its own fate in their quest for the franchise's first Presidents' Trophy before a four-game losing streak in March that has allowed the St. Louis Blues to pass them. In addition, the Ducks' once-safe division lead over the San Jose Sharks has shrunk to two points.

"To a man, it’s absolutely embarrassing losing 7-2," said Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano. "At the end of the day, our whole team, every man, should be embarrassed."

Calgary (26-33-7) wasted little time extending Anaheim's struggles by getting to Jonas Hiller early.

Mark Giordano stepped into a slap shot from the point that clipped the stick of Anaheim forward Kyle Palmieri and deflected up over Hiller's glove 3:39 after the opening puck drop. It was Giordano's 11th goal, matching the career high he set in 2009-10, and came on Calgary's first shot of the game.

Hiller denied Mikael Backlund's shorthanded 2-on-1 chance on the Flames' second shot but wasn't as fortunate on the third, a TJ Galiardi's tap-in on a pass from Paul Byron's 3-on-1 setup while Calgary was still down a man to extend the lead to 2-0 at 7:10.

Mike Cammalleri's power-play marker at 11:28 made it 3-0 and sent Hiller to the bench in favor of Frederik Andersen.

He didn't fare any better.

With Byron driving to the net, Backlund centered a pass that redirected off Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin and over Andersen's pad to extend Calgary's lead to four with 6:32 remaining in the period.

The Flames' first four-goal period of the season was met with a standing ovation from those in attendance as the team departed down the tunnel for the first intermission.

The cheers resumed when Backlund added a second shorthanded goal, his 15th goal of the season, 1:31 into the second period. He snapped a shot through Andersen's legs to put the Flames up 5-0. Calgary leads the NHL with 11 shorthanded goals.

Cogliano got the Ducks on the board at 11:30, taking a pass off the stick of Jakob Silfverberg from below the goal line and beating Joni Ortio.

But with 1:11 remaining in the period, defenseman Ladislav Smid made it 6-1 with his first goal as a member of the Flames. Byron's attempt to drive to the net was denied by Andersen, but he corralled the rebound and spotted Smid alone in the slot. The veteran defenseman found the back of the net for his second of the season and first since Oct. 22nd, a span of 55 games.

Nick Bonino beat Ortio to the blocker side at 7:45 of the third, but rookie Corban Knight scored his first NHL goal with 1:53 remaining to cap the night.

Anaheim's road trip continues on Friday night against the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center. The Avs moved into third place in the conference and second in the Central Division after a 3-2 victory over Chicago on Wednesday night.

"We have to be better, simply because [Colorado] already beat us 6-1 [in the season opener]," said Cogliano. "They’re playing very good hockey."

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

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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