By Tyler Tennell (Summary) and Mike Walters (Analysis & Stats)
The Anaheim Ducks came into this afternoon riding the momentum of beating the Chicago Blackhawks in overtime in their last game, but they quickly found themselves in a high-scoring firefight against the dangerous Calgary Flames.
The Ducks were caught in a change and were called for too many men on the ice. Patrick Maroon was chosen to sit and the Flames went to work. The Ducks had a big chance short-handed when Ryan Getzlaf and Andrew Cogliano were in on a two-on-one, Cogs had Jonas Hiller beat in the crease, but couldn’t lift it over the pad thanks to a chop at his stick. Frederik Andersen made huge stops towards the end of the power play as the Ducks were able to kill it, but shortly after Getzlaf took a seat in the box as he was sent off for tripping. John Gaudreau would convert on the ensuing power play on a reviewed goal that eventually came out in the favor of the Flames. The Flames took a penalty of their own as Ryan Garbutt was tripped heading across the slot. Hampus Lindholm would tie the game as he rocketed a shot past Hiller thanks to a big screen by Maroon. Rickard Rakell would get the helper on the goal as the score stood at 1-1 with 10 minutes remaining. The penalty train continued as David Perron was sent off for holding. He didn’t sit long as the Flames scored right off the face-off as Dougie Hamilton ripped one past Freddie two seconds into the power play, 2-1 Flames. Mike Santorelli would score to tie the game using some slick moves. Cam Fowler got the assist on the play. The tie was short lived again and Jiri Hudler scored on a diving effort. The scoring finally fizzled out as the period came to an end. But the Ducks would get another penalty as Corey Perry went to the box for tripping. Maroon went to the locker room mid way through the period as his stick popped him in his own face.
The second began with 4-on-3 to start for the Flames to start the period. Ducks were able to kill, then when Perry exited the box, the Ducks worked their 1:21 time of power play as Perry was able to convert and tie the game. Getzlaf and Fowler both drew assists. The penalties continued as the Flames were called for holding. The Ducks quickly cashed in and Sami Vatanen gave the Ducks their first lead of the game as a puck deflected in off his skate. The goal chased ex-Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller from the net as Joni Ortio was put in, Ducks led 4-3. The Flames would fight back as they tested Andersen and he had a big stop on Sean Monahan during a 2-1 break with Gaudreau that was able to keep the Ducks on top. Rickard Rakell would give the Ducks a little breathing room as he scored to give the Ducks a two goal lead, Perry and Simon Despres with the helpers. Ortio and Andersen traded big saves, but with seconds remaining Jiri Hudler got his second of the night. Ducks headed into the third with a 5-4 lead.
The third period was quiet except the fact that the Ducks got another goal from Santorelli with his second of the night and Josh Manson assisted, Ducks with a 6-4 lead. Then Sam Bennett was robbed by Andersen keeping the Ducks up by two. Ortio was off and the Flames had the extra attacker but Anaheim was able to hold them off and hang on for the 6-4 victory.
Player of the Game:
Santorelli led the Ducks today with two goals. He tied the game early in the first period and provided the insurance marker in the third period. He has four goals in his last six games.
Key Moment of the Game:
Rakell scored in the second period to make it 5-3 at the time and that would be the game winner. The Ducks rallied down 3-2 and had scored three in a row to take control of the game.
In the first period there was no defense by either team as five goals were scored and the Flames held a slight 3-2 advantage. After the opening frame, the Ducks played much better defensively only allowing one goal the rest of the game. The Ducks turned on the offense in the second scoring three times to gain a 5-3 advantage.
The Ducks had only been 4-for-27 on the power play since Shea Theodore was sent back to San Diego, but the Flames have the second worst penalty kill in the league and it showed tonight. The Ducks made the most of their chances scoring on all three power play opportunities. The Ducks also chased former team mate Hiller out of the net in the second period of the game. It wasn’t a perfect game by the Ducks, who gave up a couple of power play goals too, but they had more fire power to win this contest in which 10 goals were scored.
This win positions the Ducks second in the Pacific Division, only 5 points behind the first place Los Angeles Kings.
The Ducks were perfect on the power play scoring three times in three chances.
Santorelli had his first multi-point game this season and is fourth leading scorer for Anaheim with nine goals.
The Ducks will return to action tomorrow night versus the Edmonton Oilers at 6PM PT.
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