By Craig Shultz
PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer
ANAHEIM, California (Ticker) — Ryan Getzlaf recorded a goal and
an assist as the Anaheim Ducks snapped the six-game winning
streak of the Calgary Flames with a 3-2 triumph on Sunday.
Ryan Carter and defenseman Chris Pronger also tallied and
Jean-Sebastien Giguere finished with 34 saves for Anaheim, which
posted its eighth straight regular-season home victory over the
Flames – dating back to April 4, 2004.
Curtis Glencross and Todd Bertuzzi scored and captain Jarome
Iginla notched two assists for Calgary, which suffered its first
defeat since a 3-2 setback to the Edmonton Oilers on October 18.
Miikka Kiprusoff finished with 34 saves for the Flames.
“The puck’s going in the net,” Getzlaf said of both his and the
team’s recent success. “The puck is going in the net for
everybody. It’s not like we’re doing a whole lot differently.
It’s just the way things go.
“When you’re struggling a little bit, you’re hitting posts,
you’re hitting this and that. I thought we worked through it
well as a group and rebounded tremendously. That’s the big thing
that we’re doing right now is everybody is rolling and
contributing. We’re a confident team right now, so we’re playing
Getzlaf opened the scoring 1:46 into the first period after
depositing a rebound over the right shoulder of Kiprusoff. The
goal was his fourth of the season and extended the center’s
scoring streak to six games.
After starting with four straight regulation losses, the Ducks
have benefited from their top line of Getzlaf, Corey Perry and
Chris Kunitz which has have helped them go 7-1-1 in their last
“They’re getting inside and they’re creating chances, and when
you have the amount of skill that they have, those things will
eventually turn the tide in their direction,” Anaheim coach
Randy Carlyle said.
Pronger and Carter scored 45 seconds apart to give the Ducks a
Pronger wristed a shot past Kiprusoff just 83 seconds into the
second period and Carter scored from in close shortly
Carter picked up a rebound in the crease following a nifty move
by Brian Sutherby for his second goal of the season.
“We were up 3-0 and it seems that after that, we sat back on our
heels and watched them play a little bit,” Giguere said. “All
around it was a good effort, but I think we need to get
comfortable playing with that kind of lead.”
Calgary coach Mike Keenan said the Flames didn’t have the work
ethic needed to start the game.
“The intensity level wasn’t high enough for a team as good as
the team we were playing,” Keenan said.
“I thought we made a game of it, but we want to win the game,”
Iginla said. “They came out strong and got up 1-0 after the
first. In the beginning of the second, they went bang, bang. We
got our legs moving, skating and moving harder and we got on
them. I thought we were going to pull that one out. It was tough
to see our streak end, but we’ve got to be sharper off the
Calgary got on the scoreboard after Glencross accepted a feed in
front and spun to his left to put it into a empty side at 10:28.
“We won the draw back to the point and (Adrian) Aucoin made a
nice shot getting it through to the net,” Glencross said.
“(Iginla) made a nice tip, I was just in the goalie’s face and
the rebound was there, so I put it in the open net.”
Bertuzzi, who spent last season with Anaheim before having his
contract bought out, scored a power-play goal at 1:40 of the
third, skated up the middle before deking Giguere for his
seventh goal of the season.
“(Daymond) Langkow gave me a pass, I just ended up splitting the
D, walked in on ‘Jiggy’ and slid it in backhand,” Bertuzzi said.
Calgary defenseman Dion Phaneuf said the team played harder to
finish the game.
“When you dig yourself a hole in this league against a team that
is very good defensively, you can’t expect to come out all the
time,” Phaneuf said. “Did we get better during the game? Yes,
but we dug a hole and couldn’t get out.”
The Ducks didn’t want to talk about their home success against
“I don’t believe in streaks,” Getzlaf said. “Every team is
different every year, so it’s not like it’s the same group every
year. It’s just the style we’re playing right now.”
“I don’t talk about streaks or prosperity against certain teams
because it will come back to haunt you,” Carlyle said. “I’ve
been involved with this game for a long time and we’ll just take
what we get and be thankful that we were able to have some