By Bryson Breedlove (Summary) and Mike Walters(Analysis and Stats)
The Anaheim Ducks entered Wednesday nights game against Calgary only one point behind the Los Angeles Kings for the division lead. Over the past 12 years the Ducks have had a 22 game home winning streak against the Flames, and they hoped to tie the NHL record.
The game began with a brief ceremony honoring Shawn Horcoff and his 1000 games played in the NHL. No less than about 2 minutes after that ceremony ended, Corey Perry scored the first of what would be many Ducks goals. Perry, after receiving a pass from Ryan Getzlaf, had former Duck Jonas Hiller down and out and roofed it for his 32nd goal of the season. Little less than three minutes later Jakob Silfverberg took a rebound from a Kesler shot and snuck it behind Jonas Hiller. Two minutes and 51 seconds later Brandon Pirri scored, making it a 3-0 lead about 7 minutes in. Jonas Hiller was pulled and replaced by former Minnesota Wild goalie Nicklas Backstrom. The Flames went on two power plays during the period, while the Ducks had to settle for one.
The second period saw the scoring spree continue, with a goal 21 seconds in to the second from Jamie McGinn, and another goal 5 minutes later from former San Diego Gulls forward, Shea Theodore. At that point with the game being 5-0 Ducks, the game took a turn. After saving 13 shots, John Gibson went down after taking a knee from a Duck. He left the ice and was replaced by Frederik Andersen. The Ducks went on the penalty kill for all of 4 seconds before Hunter Shinkaruk slammed one behind the cold goalie, 5-1 Ducks. 21 seconds later Nate Thompson scored his first of the season to make it a five goal lead once again for the Ducks. Not long after, Mark Giordano brought the lead back down to four with a snipe. However that did not last long, as Ryan Kesler smacked in a rebound on the power place to make it 7-2 Ducks. Nearing the end of the second with only 13 seconds left, T.J. Brodie scored on Andersen to make it 7-3.
The third period began with a surprise, as John Gibson lead the Ducks onto the ice after an injury scare. The beginning of the third period proved to be less eventful from the first and second, however the Ducks were able to cushion their lead with an additional goal from Silfverberg making the final score 8-3 Ducks.
Key Moment of the Game
The opening minutes of the game. The Ducks were able to get three by Hiller causing him to get pulled. The Ducks never really looked back at that point.
Key Stat of the Game
Fifteen of Anaheim’s 18 skaters had either a goal or an assist.
Player of the Game
There was plenty of offense in this game and it also featured four goalies. John Gibson had to leave halfway through the second after a collision in the net. He returned however in the third period and appeared to be okay. He had a shutout in just over 48 minutes of play tonight.
The Flames should stop starting Hiller against Anaheim. Since joining the Flames he has played against the Ducks eight times. He has lost the last seven times in a row dating back to November 25, 2014. He has also been pulled three of those times. The Flames have also lost 23 regular season games in a row at Honda Center dating back January 19, 2004.
The Ducks offense exploded this game with all but three skaters earning points on the night. The Ducks didn’t let the Flames back in this game, but the play toward the end of the second period was a little suspect. The Ducks continued to score goals, but immediately following a few goals the Flames scored. Overall it was a good game for Anaheim as no one in the Calgary net had an answer for the Anaheim forwards.
The Ducks are now in first place in the Pacific Division. They are ahead of the Kings by one point. Both have six games left and play each other one more time.
Silfverberg continues to establish new single season records as he is up to 18 goals now.
Cogliano is two games away from becoming the sixth player in NHL history to appear in at least 700 consecutive regular season games.
The Ducks 23rd win a row over the Flames at Honda Center ties the record set by the Philadelphia Flyers who won 23 straight over the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Spectrum from 1980-87.
Ducks Face The Canucks Friday at 7 PM.
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