By: Matthew Garcia
The Anaheim Ducks hosted the visiting Calgary Flames on Military Appreciation Night. Last night marked the first of five meetings this season, two of which will be played in the friendly confines of Honda Center. Calgary has not fared very well in Honda Center as Anaheim has won their last 23 games against the Flames tying an NHL record for most consecutive wins at home against a single opponent. Calgary’s last win in Anaheim was January 2004. Jonathan Bernier gets the start in net tonight for the Ducks, and Chad Johnson starts for Calgary.
The Ducks looked very sharp in the opening minutes of the first period and opened the scoring very early as Clayton Stoner activated from the point and potted a rebound to make it 1-0 just 2:29 into the game. A hooking penalty against Antoine Vermette gave the Flames an early power-play. Anaheim looked more dominant on Calgary’s power play as they came very close to netting a short-handed goal on numerous occasions. Anaheim would successfully kill off the penalty, but Calgary would put on the pressure outshooting the Ducks 6-2 in a span of 12 minutes and would eventually get the tying goal off a tip-in by Alex Chiasson. Calgary would continue their territorial dominance the rest of the way through the first not allowing a Ducks shot on goal in the final 8 minutes of the period. Calgary would outshoot Anaheim 12-9 going into the intermission.
The Ducks would begin the period short-handed as Korbinian Holzer would finishing serving his tripping minor that occurred late in the first period. The Ducks, however, would gain an early opportunity as Dougie Hamilton would receive a holding call on Chris Wagner. Anaheim would quickly capitalize as Ryan Kesler would score and give Anaheim a 2-1 lead just 26 seconds into the power-play. Calgary would once again continue to put pressure on Anaheim’s defense beginning to pepper Bernier, but a mishap would see Jakob Silfverberg and Andrew Cogliano off on a 2-on-1 rush in which Cogliano would pot his own rebound to give the Ducks a 3-1 lead less than 10 minutes into the second period. The Ducks would come very close to making it 4-1 as Ryan Garbutt would pick off a pass by Chad Johnson and throw it towards the front of the net missing by inches. The Ducks would receive a late power play as Rickard Rakell was tripped by Brett Kulak. Time would expire and the Ducks would take a 3-1 lead and 1:30 of power-play time into the third period. Calgary leads in the shot department 22-16.
Ducks begin the period on the power play as Kulak is finishing the remaining 1:30 of his tripping minor late in the second. Calgary would kill off the penalty and Anaheim would go 1/2 on the PP. The Ducks would begin to play their shutdown style of defense, keeping Calgary to the outside perimeter not allowing very many scoring opportunities. The Ducks would receive their third power-play of the game on a slashing call against Mark Giordano. It wouldn’t take long for Anaheim to get the ball rolling on their opportunity as Kesler would get his second of the night 25 seconds into the power-play. 4-1 Ducks. Anaheim recorded 5 shots on goal in the third period for a game total of 21, Flames recorded 4 shots on goal for a game total of 26.
Final score: Anaheim-4 Calgary-1
Ducks will be in action again Wednesday, November 9th facing the Blue Jackets in Columbus. Anaheim dropped their first meeting at home by a final of 4-0 so the Ducks will be seeking revenge. The game will be at 7PM ET/4PM PT.
Three Stars of the Game:
1st Star: (D) Clayton Stoner (1G / 0A)
2nd Star: (C) Ryan Kesler (2G / 0A)
3rd Star: (G) Jonathan Bernier 25/26 SV
Jonathan Bernier gets his first start since October 25th vs San Jose, earning his first win as a member of the Anaheim Ducks.
Andrew Cogliano scored his team-leading 5th goal of the season.
Ducks set NHL record for the longest regular-season home win streak (24) vs any single opponent (2004-Present).
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