On Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, the Anaheim Ducks gave up three goals in the first period, but rallied to earn a 6-4 victory over the Calgary Flames in front of a raucous red-clad crowd of 19,289 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta. This was the fifth game of a seven game road trip on which the Ducks now have a record of 3-1-1.
Coming into the game against Calgary, the Ducks were one of the hottest teams in the league, while Calgary has been suffering through a disappointing season. The Ducks came in with sights set on the Pacific division-leading Los Angeles Kings.
There is no such optimism for the Calgary team which now after 53 games, are tied with Winnipeg for the second-worst record in the Western Conference. Both the Flames and Winnipeg Jets are just three points ahead of the last place Edmonton Oilers.
The game started off well for Calgary. Johnny Gaudreau scored a power play goal at 5:56 of the first period, to give the home team a 1-0 lead. At 9:59, Hampus Lindholm scored a power play goal for the Ducks, to tie the score 1-1.
The trend of alternating goals continued through the period which saw Jiri Hudlert score at 17:05 to give the Flames a 3-2 lead which they held as the period ended. Unfortunately for the Flames, that light at the end of the tunnel, was an oncoming train.
In the second period, the Ducks extinguished the Flames. In the first 3:20, Corey Perry and Sami Vatanen scored power play goals. This led to Calgary pulling starting goalie Jonas Hiller who had given up the two goals after facing three second period shots. Rickard Rakell then beat goalie Joni Ortio at 12:18, to give Anaheim a 5-3 lead. Hudler scored in the waning moments, to cut the Ducks lead to 5-4, but that was as close as the Flames would get.
Going into the third period, any momentum the Flames may have had, was quickly snuffed out when Santorelli scored his second goal of the game, after just 51 seconds. Calgary would go on to outshoot the Ducks 13-5 in the final stanza, but it was all for naught.
When all was said and done, the Ducks had scored three power play goals on three power play opportunities. As for the Flames, they became the first team in more than twenty years (Dallas Stars – 1995), to give up three power play goals in three consecutive games.
The final two games of the Ducks road trip, will be played in Edmonton on Tuesday, Feb. 16 and in Vancouver on Thursday, Feb. 18. On Sunday, Feb. 21, the Ducks will begin a five-game homestand when they face the Calgary Flames at Honda Center in Anaheim.
Ducks notes – This road trip has seen the injury bug come out in full force. In the 4-3 OT loss to Columbus on Feb 11, Chris Stewart suffered a broken jaw, and Ryan Getzlaf, a broken nose. Stewart will be out 4-8 weeks. Getzlaf is still playing, but wearing a full face shield. In the absence of Stewart, forwards Harry Zolniercyzk and Nick Ritchie have each played in one game. On Feb. 13, goaltender John Gibson was injured during a collision in the second period of the team’s 3-2 OT win in Chicago. In the wake of the injury to Gibson, netminder Anton Khudobin was called up from the team’s AHL affiliate in San Diego.
Monday, Feb. 15, 2016. Final score: Anaheim Ducks 6, Calgary Flames 4. Final shots on goal: CAL 37, ANA 28. Power play: ANA 3/3, CAL 2/5. Three Stars of the game: 1) Mike Santorelli – ANA, 2) Jiri Hudler – CAL, 3) Johnny Gaudreau – CAL. Goaltenders: ANA – Frederik Andersen, CAL – Jonas Hiller/Joni Ortio
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