ANAHEIM, Calif. – In a clash of hot teams, the Anaheim Ducks cooled off the Calgary Flames.
Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and an assist as the Ducks opened a lead and they held on for a 3-2 victory Sunday night that ended the Flames’ six-game winning streak. Both teams struggled at the start of the season but recently have been on a roll, with the Ducks’ victory their sixth in seven games and extending their point streak to seven in a row. They continued their domination of the Flames in Anaheim, where they’ve beaten Calgary in the last eight regular-season meetings.
Getzlaf said there’s no great mystery in Anaheim’s improved play since a 1-5 start.
“When you’re struggling a little bit, hitting posts and missing the net, that’s the way things go sometimes,” he said. “We worked through it well as a group and rebounded tremendously.
“That’s the big thing we are doing now, everyone is working and everyone is contributing. We’re a confident team right now, and we’re playing like it.”
Getzlaf scored 1:46 in to put Anaheim ahead to stay. He assisted on Chris Pronger’s goal at 1:23 of the second period, then Ryan Carter made it 3-0 when he scored 45 seconds later.
Curtis Glencross finally got Calgary on the board midway through the second period, and Todd Bertuzzi scored 1:40 into the third to narrow the gap to 3-2.
Goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere made that stand up for Anaheim and finished with 34 saves, the same number Miikka Kiprusoff had for Calgary.
Giguere thought the Ducks may have grown complacent with their big lead.
“We need to get more comfortable playing with the lead. We were up 3-0 and it seemed after that we sat back on our heels a little bit and just watched them play,” he said.
Jarome Iginla assisted on both Calgary goals, but hasn’t scored against the Ducks in the past four meetings.
“It’s tough to see our streak end, but we’ve got to be sharper off the start,” Iginla said. “I thought we made a game of it, but we wanted to win. We’ll get back to it next game.”
Mike Keenan felt the Flames were flat early.
“The intensity level wasn’t high enough for a team as good as the team we were playing tonight,” the Calgary coach said.
Bertuzzi took a lead pass from Daymond Langkow, split two defenders down the slot, swerved to his right and flipped a shot past Giguere for his seventh goal. Glencross scored his second goal of the season when he swiped the puck past Giguere during a scramble.
Carter had given Anaheim its three-goal pad when he poked a shot between Kiprusoff’s pads for his second goal. Pronger had just scored his third on a snap shot down the slot that sailed over the goalie’s outstretched right leg.
Getzlaf started and finished the play that led to his fourth goal of the season.
Skating down the right boards, Getzlaf wrested a shot that Kiprusoff blocked, then Corey Perry took a shot at close range that bounced off the goalie and into the crease. Getzlaf, cutting across the slot, flicked the loose puck into the net.
Notes: Calgary’s six-game win string was the NHL’s longest this season. … Kiprusoff, who has played every minute for the Flames this season, had allowed a total of just nine goals during Calgary’s six-game win streak, a contrast to the 22 the Flames gave up during their 1-3-1 start. … Giguere improved his mark against Calgary in Anaheim to 11-2-2. … Perry extended his career-high assist streak to seven games (11 assists, three goals) and is one game off the franchise record set by Scott Niedermayer during the 2006-2007 season.