By Michael Walters
After having lost two games in a row in overtime, the Ducks took on the Calgary Flames to finish the road trip. Jonathan Bernier was back in net for Anaheim and Brian Elliott went for Calgary. The Ducks did go without Sami Vatanen and Hampus Lindholm who both have upper-body injuries.
The Ducks took control of this game early with two goals in the opening period. The Ducks would go on the power play in the middle of the period and convert. Cam Fowler took a point shot, which settled in a crowd in front of Elliott. Patrick Eaves got to the loose puck and fired it in for his 30th goal of the season. Late in the period with about a minute left to go, Ryan Kesler hit Jakob SIlfverberg with a short pass and he rifled a shot over the right shoulder of Elliott. Ducks lead 2-0 after the first. shots were 10 to nine in favor Anaheim.
The Flames responded with two goals of their own by Kris Versteeg. Antoine Vermette would get called for cross-checking and later Josh Manson was called for slashing. Versteeg made the Ducks pay on both penalties and tied the game up. Ryan Getzlaf would get the Ducks the lead back with just about two minutes to go in the period. He drew three Calgary defenders to his side of the offensive zone and found Korbinian Holzer alone on the opposite side. Holzer was wide open and made no mistake firing the puck past Elliott. Ducks took a 3-2 lead into the third period.
Calgary would tie the game back up. Michael Frolik would score just under six minutes into the period. After a penalty-filled second period, there were no penalties called in this period. It looked like the Ducks might be headed to their third overtime game in a row. However, with about three minutes to go, Ryan Kesler would get the puck after a turnover and just throw it at the net. Elliott left a big rebound in front and Logan Shaw was in the right spot, knocking the puck in the net for the 4-3 lead. The Ducks would hang on and earn two big points putting them back in sole possession of first place.
The Ducks face Calgary again Tuesday night April 4th at Honda Center. The game starts at 7 PM PT.
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April 3rd, 2017