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ANAHEIM – Two nights after taking a shootout loss to Vancouver in which the teams combined for 13 goals, the Ducks did what they do best to defeat the Calgary Flames.
Anaheim’s defense withstood a third-period flurry and locked down the Flames enough to help the Ducks hang on for a 3-2 victory and snap Calgary’s six-game winning streak. The Ducks, who have now won six of their last seven, also ensured the Flames didn’t get their first regular season win in Anaheim since January 2004.
"That’s more our type of game," Giguere said. "These are the types of games that we need to play consistently. It’s what it’s going to take for us to win until the end of the season."
|Pronger's second period goal put the Ducks on top, and he helped them hang on for the victory.
The Ducks clinged to a precarious one-goal lead for the final 18 minutes of the game, with support from Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who bounced back from a subpar night against Vancouver for a 34-save effort.
Calgary had climbed to within a goal when former Duck Todd Bertuzzi connected on a power play that carried over from a Corey Perry goalie interference penalty near the end of the second period. But that was as close as the Ducks would allow, as they improved their record to 7-5-1.
"We were up 3-0 and it seems that after that, we sat back on our heels and watched them play a little bit," Giguere said. "All around it was a good effort, but I think we need to get comfortable playing with that kind of lead."
Anaheim got goals near the beginning of the second period from Chris Pronger and Ryan Carter that held up to the final horn.
"Last game was a roller coaster ride, and that is definitely not the hockey that we want to play throughout the year." said Ryan Getzlaf, who had the first goal of the game. "Tonight was a good hard-fought battle. It’s nice to get that lead early and be able to maintain it."
The Ducks took their first lead less than two minutes after the opening puck drop, as Getzlaf potted his fourth goal of the season. Getzlaf fed Chris Kunitz in the slot and followed Kunitz’s shot by chipping the rebound over Calgary goalie Miikka Kiprusoff.
That 1-0 lead remained through the period, but the Ducks piled on in the opening two minutes of the second. Just seconds after a Wayne Primeau penalty expired for the Flames, Pronger whipped a wrist shot from the top of the left circle that darted inside the near post.
|Getzlaf had the game's first goal and extended his points streak to a season-high six games.
As fans were sitting back in their seats after celebrating that goal, Carter made them quickly rise again, as he batted in a loose puck just as he was passing by the net. Carter set up the play himself with a feed that sent Brian Sutherby on a breakaway, and when Sutherby’s breakaway shot was stopped, Carter swept it in the net.
Calgary got back into it halfway through the period, as former Ducks prospect Curtis Glencross picked up a bouncing puck after an Adrian Aucoin wrister, and spun around to fire the follow-up into the open net.
The Ducks appeared to jump to a three-goal lead near the end of the period, when Kunitz’s hard one-timer from the top of the circle eluded Kiprusoff. But officials quickly waved it off, saying that Corey Perry interfered with the goalie. Perry got the penalty and another two minutes for protesting the call.
That first penalty carried over into the third and the Flames took advantage. With the Ducks on the penalty kill, Bertuzzi took a pass in the high slot and slalomed between Scott Niedermayer and Francois Beauchemin before putting a slick one-on-one move on Giguere for the score.
Bertuzzi, who spent his only season with the Ducks last year, played his first game against Anaheim after signing with Calgary in the offseason. Relatively light boos could be heard from the just-short-of-a-sellout Honda Center crowd as Bertuzzi’s name was announced as the goal-scorer.
He nearly scored the tying goal minutes later, but Giguere made a lunging glove save that was emblematic of his solid night.
The Ducks played their second straight game without winger Brad May, recovering from a knee sprain, and also didn’t have winger George Parros, who suffered a minor eye injury Friday night. Defenseman Steve Montador spent some time on the fourth line as a forward.
The Ducks also lost Kent Huskins for some time when he slammed hard face-first into the boards in the first period and had to be helped off the ice. But Huskins returned in the second.
"These are games that your emotions are running, highs and lows, through the game," said Ducks coach Randy Carlyle. "For us, the most important thing is we found a way to gut it out and we won the hockey game. We know that there is areas of improvement that are required for our group to continue to have success, but we’re going to take the two points."
The Ducks head up the freeway to L.A. to take on the Kings on Tuesday night, before playing their next six at Honda Center.
With tonight’s win, the Ducks extended their standings point streak to seven games (6-0-1), which is the longest current streak in the NHL.
After 16 goals in their first seven games (2.3 per game), the Ducks have scored 27 goals in their last six games (4.5 per game).
Tonight the Ducks snapped Calgary’s six-game winning streak, which was the NHL’s longest this season. Anaheim has had several other signature wins this season, including: defeating San Jose to hand them one of their two regulation losses (10-2-0), handing Detroit* one of only four total losses (7-2-2, Red Wings were also 5-0-0 on the road at the time) and beating Montreal for the Canadiens’ only regulation loss this season (8-1-1).
*Detroit’s contest vs. Vancouver tonight is not included in their record as the game is still in progress.
Tonight’s win marked the Ducks’ eighth consecutive home regular season victory versus the Flames dating back to Apr. 4, 2004. It is the second-longest home regular season winning streak versus one club in franchise history. The Ducks’ longest home winning streak versus one team is Phoenix at 10 games (Nov. 9, 2003 – Mar. 7, 2007).
Corey Perry has extended his career-high assist streak to seven games (3-11=14). He is one game shy of tying the franchise record eight-game assist streak held by Scott Niedermayer (Dec. 26, 2006 – Jan. 7, 2007). The point streak also matches his career-high (Jan. 7-20, 2008, 5-7=12).
With a goal and an assist tonight, Ryan Getzlaf extended his season-high point streak to six games (4-9=13).
Teemu Selanne has extended his point streak to six games (7-4=11) and has earned 5-3=8 points in the last three games (all PPG). With an assist tonight, he also moved into a share of 45th place on the NHL’s all-time points list (also Bobby Hull, 1170).
Chris Pronger has recorded goals in consecutive games and is riding a three-game point streak (2-4=6).
Chris Kunitz has earned 1-7=8 points in the last seven contests, including assists in two straight (0-3=3).
J.S. Giguere stopped 34-of-36 shots tonight for his fifth win in six games.
|Ryan Getzlaf (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Corey Perry (12), Chris Kunitz (7)|
1 - 0 ANA
|Chris Pronger (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Teemu Selanne (4), Ryan Getzlaf (10)|
2 - 0 ANA
|Ryan Carter (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Brian Sutherby (3)|
3 - 0 ANA
|Curtis Glencross (2) Tip-in - ASST: Adrian Aucoin (2), Jarome Iginla (7)|
3 - 1 ANA
|PPG - Todd Bertuzzi (7) Backhand shot - ASST: Daymond Langkow (7), Jarome Iginla (8)|
3 - 2 ANA
|Nathan McIver Fighting (maj) against Brandon Prust|
|Brandon Prust Fighting (maj) against Nathan McIver|
|Corey Perry Interference on goalkeeper against Miikka Kiprusoff|
|Ryan Carter Fighting (maj) against Jim Vandermeer|
|Jim Vandermeer Fighting (maj) against Ryan Carter|
|Corey Perry Tripping against Brandon Prust|
|Wayne Primeau Holding against Chris Kunitz|
|Bret Hedican Hooking against Curtis Glencross|
|Corey Perry Interference on goalkeeper against Miikka Kiprusoff|
|Corey Perry Unsportsmanlike conduct|
|Francois Beauchemin Tripping against Jarome Iginla|
|SA: 37||TOI: 58:58|
|Saves: 34||EV: 25 - 28|
|PIM: 0||PP: 5 - 5|
|SV%: .919||SH: 4 - 4|
|SA: 36||TOI: 60:00|
|Saves: 34||EV: 25 - 26|
|PIM: 0||PP: 9 - 10|
|SV%: .944||SH: 0 - 0|