On Wednesday night, March 30, 2016, in front of a crowd of 16,004 at Honda Center in Anaheim, the Anaheim Ducks scored three goals in the first 6:51 of the game and went on to build a 5-0 lead en route to an 8-3 victory over the Calgary Flames.
The win gave the Ducks sole possession of first place in the Pacific division, with just six regular season games remaining. Though the outcome of the game was never really in doubt, there was a bit of a scare for the home team. In the second period, starting goaltender John Gibson was forced to leave the game due to what appeared to be a lower-body injury.
The incident occurred with 11:30 remaining in the period, after a goal crease collision with teammate Hampus Lindholm. Prior to the incident, Gibson had stopped all 13 of Calgary’s shots on goal. Backup goalie Frederik Andersen stepped in and played the balance of the second period. Andersen gave up three goals on five shots, but Gibson was able to return for the third period.
The shots on goal totals were virtually even throughout the game, but the Flames were already down 5-0 when they finally scored their first goal of the game at 13:47 of the second period. At this point, the shots on goal were 16-14 in favor of the Ducks.
The second period was ultimately a barrage of goals, as the Ducks scored four goals and Calgary scored three. The period ended with the Ducks leading 7-3. After two periods, the Ducks had outshot Calgary 21-18.
In the third period, the Ducks were much better defensively. Anaheim forward Jakob Silfverberg scored the only goal of the final period, and upon his return to netminding duty, Gibson stopped was again perfect.
Ducks notes: This was the Ducks’ 23rd straight home win over the Calgary Flames, dating back to January 2004. Ryan Kesler had a four point night (1g,3a) and was named #1 Star of the game. Seven Ducks players scored goals – Kesler’s linemate Jakob Silfverberg scored twice. The third member of the line, Andrew Cogliano, was recently named a finalist for the NHL’s Masterton Trophy. The Ducks next game will be a home game against the Vancouver Canucks on Friday, April 1.
Pacific division race: The Ducks now lead the division, with a total of 96 points. The Los Angeles Kings are in second place, with 95 points – Both teams have six regular season games remaining, including a big head-to-head matchup on Thursday, April 7. The third-place San Jose Sharks have a total of 92 points, with five regular season games remaining.
March 30, 2016 – Calgary Flames at Anaheim Ducks. Final score: ANA 8, CGY 3. Final shots on goal: ANA 27, CGY 26. Power play: ANA 1/3, CGY 1/3. Three Stars of the game: 1) Ryan Kesler – ANA, 2) Jakob Silfverberg – ANA, 3) Shea Theodore – ANA. Goaltenders: ANA – John Gibson/Frederik Andersen. CGY – Jonas Hiller/Niklas Backstrom.
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