CALGARY, Alberta (Ticker) — A third-period surge enabled the
Calgary Flames to end a drought at home.
Michael Cammalleri and Mark Giordano each recorded a goal and an
assist to help the Flames avoid their first four-game losing
streak at home in over six years with a 4-3 victory over the
Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday.
David Moss also tallied and rookie Brett Sutter netted his first
career goal in his NHL debut for the Flames, who had been 0-1-2
in their last three contests at the Pengrowth Saddledome – on
the verge of their worst stretch there since November 14-21,
“You know I can’t (describe a better debut),” said Sutter, a
native of Viking, Alberta. “We got the win, I got a goal and in
the hometown. Words can’t really describe it, it just feels
good right now.”
Captain Jarome Iginla and Craig Conroy each had two assists in
support of Miikka Kiprusoff, who turned aside 30 shots.
“I don’t think we have an issue being physical with any team, we
can engage in any style pretty much,” Flames coach Mike Keenan
said. “We have the personnel that can play that style of game.
It’s a tough situation for them, coming in (off back-to-back
Brendan Morrison scored twice and Ryan Getzlaf added another,
but the Ducks fell for the third time in four contests.
Trailing, 2-1, early the final period, Calgary scored three
unanswered goals en route to its third win in four contests.
“It’s disappointing when we have the lead to let them come back
like that and take over the game,” Ducks defenseman Scott
Niedermayer said. “We have two days to regroup.
“We’re used to back-to-back games. You do quite a bit of it
during the season, so it’s not an excuse. It was just mental
breakdowns more than physical tiredness. It’s just
Recalled on Monday from Quad City of the American Hockey League,
Sutter – the son of Flames general manager Darryl Sutter – was a
sixth-round pick in 2005, and recorded one goal and six assists
in 28 games in the minors this season.
He surely made his presence felt in the NHL right away, tying
the game at 2-2 just 14 seconds after Getzlaf gave the Ducks a
one-goal lead 3:45 into the third.
“It was a timely goal for us because they had a little momentum
going at that point in the game and we were able to grab it
back,” Keenan said. “It was a huge goal in the momentum swing
and to get the crowd support back into it. A very timely goal
Conroy set up the tally and was especially happy for his young
“You’re never going to forget your first goal, and I’m glad to
be a part of his first,” Conroy said. “It’s always fun to have
your hand in there. It wasn’t a great pass, but as the years go
on I’ll just say I slid it over to him and he just tapped it in.
“He was making plays, he was keeping it simple, throwing it at
the net. You don’t want to do too much but he’s going to get
more and more confidence as he goes. But I thought he played a
Giordano converted passes from Iginla and Cammalleri to hand the
Flames a lead they would not relinquish with 8:11 remaining.
Cammalleri then increased the advantage to 4-2 just 2 1/2
minutes later with his 12th goal of the season while sitting on
Morrison’s shot from the right faceoff circle cut Anaheim’s
deficit, but Kiprusoff stymied the Ducks the rest of the way to
secure the triumph.
“Tonight we didn’t (play defense), we got two but gave up three
so ultimately you can point at our line and say we weren’t
responsible defensively,” Morrison said.
Moss opened the scoring midway through the second, but Morrison
struck for the first time to forge a tie with 2:32 left in the
Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 28 saves for the Ducks, who dropped
to 1-1-0 on their current five-game road trip.
“Penalties have been a concern for us throughout the year, but
as of late we’ve been better,” Giguere said. “That makes it
easier to win. But we have to be good on the penalty kill and
the power play, it always comes down to that. They got a big
goal at the end on the power play, that’s how you’re going to
win in this league.”