The Calgary Flames can’t seem to find a way to beat the Ducks in Anaheim. Jonas Hiller had 37 stops, Lubomir Vishnovsky scored a goal and added an assist and Corey Perry scored the winner in the shootout to give the Ducks their 12th consecutive win at home over the Flames.
After a spirited start to the game, the Flames found themselves down 2-0 by the end of the 2nd period thanks to some amazing goaltending from Hiller. Despite getting 24 shots on net through two periods Calgary could not find a way to beat Hiller. Eventually the Flames found a way to get a puck past the Swiss goalie when Olli Jokinen scored his second goal in two games on a third period powerplay. David Moss added another goal with just over 6 minutes left to tie the game, and some last-minute heroics from Henrik Karlsson kept it at 2-2 to send it to overtime.
The Flames killed off a two-minute penalty in overtime and it seemed like an eternity as the Ducks controlled the puck for the entire time and blasted shots on Karlsson non-stop. The overtime effort must have tired Karlsson – or at least given Hiller enough of a break to make one more stop in the shootout. After Ryan Getzlaf and Alex Tanguay scored for Anaheim and Calgary, respectively, Lupul and Hagman were both stopped. In the final round of the shootout, Perry scored one more for the Ducks, while Hiller kept Bourque’s shoot out attempt out of the net to seal the win.
Is there a positive to take out of this game? I think there are two, really. The Flames got one much-needed point and they seemed to bring their team play back up to the level where they need to be to win games. They had flow to their game; they were making passes and had a lot of scoring chances. Hiller kept the Ducks ahead for as long as he could, but the Flames showed some of what will be needed if they don’t want to throw in the towel on this season.
What do you think?