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Previous Game: Ducks Rally in Third Period to Beat Flames

Thursday, 03.27.2014 / 9:00 AM PT / News
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Previous Game: Ducks Rally in Third Period to Beat Flames
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CALGARY -- The Anaheim Ducks didn't waste an opportunity to gain ground in the chase for a second straight Pacific Division title.

Andrew Cogliano scored the game-winner with 5:19 left in regulation and Jonas Hiller made 32 saves to lift Anaheim to a 3-2 win against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome on Wednesday.

With the victory, the Ducks -- who clinched a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Tuesday -- pulled within two points of the idle San Jose Sharks for the top spot in the Pacific. Anaheim has two games at hand on San Jose. The Ducks (47-18-7) went over the 100-point mark and established a franchise best for doing so in 72 games. The previous best, 75 games, was set in the 2006-07 season, when the Ducks won the only Stanley Cup in franchise history.

"It was a big game for us because we need these points," said Ducks forward Mathieu Perreault. "We have a couple of games in hand [on San Jose]. We battled hard and found a way to win."

The Flames helped Anaheim's cause Monday by playing spoiler and beating the Sharks 2-1 in a shootout, but couldn't return the favor to San Jose two nights later.

Calgary led 2-1 heading into the third, but the Ducks got even at 5:32. Flames goaltender Karri Ramo made a blocker save on Sami Vatanen's point shot, but left the rebound for Mathieu Perreault, who fired it home for his 16th of the season to tie the game 2-2.

The goal increased Perreault's career-best point streak to six games.

"I’m getting all the bounces my way," said Perreault, who has six points (4g/2a) in that span. "I’m just happy and going with it. I’m having fun."

Cogliano completed the Ducks' comeback at 14:41. Ramo stopped Stephane Robidas' shot but kicked the rebound onto the stick of Cogliano, who put Anaheim ahead to stay with his career-high 21st goal of the season.

The goal came two minutes after he hit the post on a wrist shot from the high slot.

"We had a good effort tonight," said Cogliano. "It was a tight game, but we expected that. I thought we really showed what kind of team we are. It was a big win for us on this road trip."

A blocker save by Hiller on Mikael Backlund with 2:31 left and another on Mike Cammalleri with 34 seconds remaining helped preserve the win.

"There was some sloppy play in front of our net, but we never gave up," said Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau. "We kept coming. I thought in the second period, even though we were outscored 2-0, we had some great chances. It would’ve been a different game if we put them in."

After giving up three goals on five shots in just over 11 minutes of work before getting pulled in the 7-2 loss to the Flames two weeks ago, Hiller's body of work was much improved Wednesday.

He was sharp from the drop of the puck, first denying Brian McGrattan's deflection before using his pad to stuff Kevin Westgarth's short-side attempt in the opening minutes. Scoring chances off the sticks of Cammalleri and Matt Stajan were also handled by Hiller, who made 12 first-period stops.

Nick Bonino rewarded his efforts with 1:03 remaining in the period. With Ladislav Smid in the penalty box for an illegal check to the head of former Flames forward Tim Jackman, Bonino skirted into the Calgary zone and shifted to get TJ Brodie moving before beating Ramo over the glove for his 18th of the season to put Anaheim up 1-0.

In the second, it was Ramo's turn to shine.

After McGrattan scored his fourth of the season in career game No. 300 to tie the game 1-1 at 4:44, the Flames goaltender denied Rickard Rakell's one-timer off a cross-slot feed from Corey Perry near the midway mark of the period. He followed it up with his best sequence of the game a minute later, denying Bonino's in-close bid for his second goal of the night, then scrambling to his feet in time to blocker away Bryan Allen's blast from the point.

A toe save on Rakell's wraparound capped a 16-save effort in the period and allowed the Flames to take the lead with 25.5 seconds remaining before intermission. With the puck loose in the high slot, Smid faked a slap shot before spotting Jiri Hudler alone coming off the boards and feeding him for a one-timer that beat Hiller. Hudler's 16th of the season to put Calgary up 2-1 after 40 minutes.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 25 45 15 70
C. Perry 67 33 22 13 55
R. Kesler 81 20 27 -5 47
J. Silfverberg 81 13 26 15 39
S. Vatanen 67 12 25 5 37
P. Maroon 71 9 25 -5 34
C. Fowler 80 7 27 4 34
H. Lindholm 78 7 27 25 34
M. Beleskey 65 22 10 13 32
R. Rakell 71 9 22 6 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 35 12 5 .914 2.38
J. Gibson 13 8 0 .914 2.60

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