Smith struggles as Ducks snap Flames four-game win streak

Smith struggles as Ducks snap Flames four-game win streak
Takeaways: Mike Smiths struggles becoming all too common for Flames
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Ryan Getzlaf and the Anaheim Ducks appear to be turning things around after a two-week slump.

The Ducks got their second victory in three games Wednesday night as they defeated the Calgary Flames 3-2. Getzlaf supplied the game-winning goal in the third period 27 seconds after the Flames tied it while they were short-handed.

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“Weve been working hard to close out a couple of these games,” said Getzlaf, who scored his second game-winning goal of the season and 49th of his career. “It was pretty exciting. Emotions are high in this room.”

“If you look at the Calgary Flames template, that’s basically what they’re trying to do is involve their ‘D’ in every rush,” Carlyle said. “Giordano is up the ice. Brodie is up the ice. Hamonic is up the ice. They’ve got a contingent of defencemen that like to join the rush and have a skill set up front that if you give them time and space, you’re going to be in trouble.”

The Ducks began the season 5-1-1 but managed only two points in their next seven games before a 3-2 overtime victory against Columbus on Sunday. Anaheim lost to Los Angeles 4-1 on Tuesday, but Getzlaf said it was good to get back on the ice quickly and put that defeat behind them.

Twenty-seven seconds later, the visitors were scrambling in front of Mike Smith when Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf roofed one of his own on the Flames’ struggling netminder. They pulled Smith with 2:28 left and sent out an extra attacker, and, sure enough, the Calgary club was able to draw a penalty from Rickard Rakell to create a six-on-four with 1:14 remaining. A comeback was not in the cards on this night, unfortunately.

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It wasnt easy, though. Anaheim led 2-0 in the first but Calgary rallied to tie it six minutes into the third when Mark Jankowski stole the puck from Brandon Montour in the neutral zone and shot it just over Ryan Millers glove while leading a 2-on-1 rush.

The Ducks, though, were quickly able to seize back momentum. Getzlaf corralled a loose puck in front and directed a backhand through Mike Smiths legs to snap the Flames four-game winning streak.

AROUND THE GLASS: Wednesday was the first of four clashes between the Flames and Ducks this season … But the two teams will not meet again until Feb. 22 at Calgary. They’ll play March 29 at the Saddledome before a final visit to Honda Center on April 3 … Heading into Wednesday’s game, the Flames were 2-8-0-0 in the last 10 against the Ducks.

“In the end we gutted it out in the third period and found a way,” Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said. “I thought we started the right way. We didnt want to sit back and worry about what happened last night. It was more about being in the present.”

Ryan Getzlaf leads Ducks to win over Flames

Jakob Silfverberg and Adam Henrique also scored for Anaheim. Miller made 37 saves and tied Andy Moog (372) for 17th on the career wins list.

“Hes a goalie I watched growing up,” Miller said. “I used to try to draw his helmet all the time on my street hockey helmet. Its pretty cool to be playing long enough to win enough games to be mentioned.”

Well start at the bottom. Three teams are averaging under a point per game; those three teams were all in the playoffs last season. The Los Angeles Kings, the leagues lowest scoring team, dwell in the division basement. One step above the Kings are last seasons division champs and Stanley Cup finalists, the Vegas Golden Knights. Vegas is the leagues second-lowest scoring team. Next are the Anaheim Ducks, sitting in sixth in the division. Last season, they were the Pacific Divisions second place team.

Calgary pulled Smith for an extra skater with 2:28 remaining and then was on a power play for the final 74 seconds after Rickard Rakell was called for slashing. But the Flames were never able to get a clean shot on goal despite the two-man advantage.

Among Pacific teams, only Calgary and San Jose sport a winning record in regulation and not by much. Perhaps this explains the divisions best. Top to bottom, it has simply not been as good as the NHLs other divisions. It shouldnt be surprising things like three-point games and the absence of some important players have played an outsized role in the standings. This is a division ripe for a team to assert itself but until this happens, expect chaos to continue its reign in the Pacific.

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“We had some good looks but I thought we needed to do a little more offensively,” Calgary coach Bill Peters said. “I liked our third period but we ended up chasing the game again here today.”

The fourth team in the mix is the San Jose Sharks. Its not a surprise, given their recent history though this is a team still trying to figure itself out. Coach Peter DeBoer has blended lines and defensive pairings frequently and perhaps this will pay off down the road. In 15 games, the Sharks have played past regulation six times and the wealth of three-point games has proven beneficial. The Sharks won half of them and nearly half of their 19 points have come in these six games.

Matthew Tkachuk also scored for Calgary, which has won only once in its last 28 trips to Anaheim. Smith stopped 21 shots.

The Ducks got on the board at 8:37 of the first when Silfverberg carried the puck into the Calgary zone and ripped a slap shot for his fifth goal of the season. Henrique gave them a two-goal lead three minutes later when he pounced on a rebound after Smith stopped Josh Manson's shot from near the blue line.

The Ducks got on the board at 8:37 of the first when Silfverberg carried the puck into the Calgary zone and ripped a slap shot for his fifth goal of the season. Henrique gave them a two-goal lead three minutes later when he pounced on a rebound after Smith stopped Josh Mansons shot from near the blue line.

The Ducks began the season 5-1-1 but managed only two points in their next seven games before a 3-2 overtime victory against Columbus on Sunday. Anaheim lost to Los Angeles 4-1 on Tuesday, but Getzlaf said it was good to get back on the ice quickly and put that defeat behind them.

With less than three minutes left in the first, Calgary scored on the power play when Tkachuk redirected Elias Lindholms drive past Miller.

NOTES: Anaheim D Jacob Larsson got an assist on Silfverbergs goal for his first NHL point. Larsson was the Ducks first-round selection in the 2015 draft. … The Ducks are 3-1 in the second game of back-to-backs … Tkachuk has a point in four straight games, with two goals and four assists. … Lindholms assist extended his point streak to six games (three goals, six assists). … C Sean Monahan had a six-game point streak snapped (four goals, six assists).

ANAHEIM — Ryan Getzlaf broke a tie early in the third period to help the Anaheim Ducks to a 3-2 win against the Calgary Flames at Honda Center on Wednesday.

Calgary pulled Smith for an extra skater with 2:28 remaining and then was on a power play for the final 74 seconds after Rickard Rakell was called for slashing. But the Flames were never able to get a clean shot on goal despite the two-man advantage.

Jakob Silfverberg and Adam Henrique also scored and Ryan Miller made 37 saves for the Ducks (7-7-3), who won for the second time in their past 10 games (2-6-2).

Miller last played Oct. 30 against the visiting Philadelphia Flyers and gave up three goals on 36 shots in the 3-2 loss. Miller has not faced the Flames as a member of the Ducks. He last played against Calgary while with the Vancouver Canucks in 2016-17, going 3-0-0 against the Flames that season.

Matthew Tkachuk had a power-play goal and Mark Jankowski scored shorthanded for the Flames (9-6-1), who had their four-game winning streak end. Mike Smith made 21 saves.

“It gives you a little more confidence, for sure,” Frolik told the Calgary Sun. “And I think hockey is all about confidence. When you score a few, the confidence goes higher. Hopefully, Ill keep it going and just keep working hard. Anytime you can help the team, its nice.”

Getzlaf gave Anaheim a 3-2 lead at 6:33 of the third period, 27 seconds after Jankowski tied the game. Ducks forward Rickard Rakell drove to the net with three defenders around the crease. The puck came off his blade to a wide-open Getzlaf, who took his time before backhanding the puck high in the net.

Miller made his final two saves during a 6-on-4 situation after Rakell went to the penalty box for slashing Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau with 1:14 left.

Miller prevented the Flames from scoring first when he stopped forward Elias Lindholm on a shorthanded breakaway at 4:03 of the first period. He denied another quality scoring chance from center Sean Monahan at 6:20.

Johnny Gaudreau has 19 points (six goals, 13 assists) and Matthew Tkachuk has 18 points (six goals, 12 assists), putting all three in the top 13 in the NHL in points. Only the Colorado Avalanche has three players in the top 13 in points as well.

Silfverberg then gave the Ducks a 1-0 lead at 8:37 of the first period. He spun around Flames defenseman Noah Hanifin at Calgarys blue line and then took a shot from the top of the right face-off circle. The puck slipped between Smiths glove and left hip and slid slowly across the goal line for his team-leading fifth goal of the season.

“I didnt like the play by Hanifin in the neutral zone,” Flames coach Bill Peters said. “He stepped up and kind of got rolled and ended up getting him easier access to our zone than Id like.”

The Flames have five wins this season after trailing at the start of the third period. No other NHL team has more than two wins in that situation. … The Ducks have won 23 of the past 24 regular-season games and seven straight Stanley Cup Playoff games against the Flames at home since a 5-2 loss in Game 3 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals on April 25, 2006.

Henrique made it 2-0 at 11:53 of the first. Miller made a save on Ducks defenseman Josh Mansons slap shot from the right point, but the rebound came out diagonally to Henrique, who shot it high in the net for his fourth goal of the season.

The Flames won their fourth straight on Saturday, scoring three consecutive third-period goals in a 5-3 win against the visiting Chicago Blackhawks. The Flames are outscoring opponents 28-11 in the third period; the Flames 28 third-period goals lead the NHL.

“You dont want to spot a team two [goals], especially in this building,” Flames defenseman Travis Hamonic said.

Calgary went on its first power play after Ducks forward Ben Street was penalized for tripping defenseman T.J. Brodie at 17:05. Monahan won the ensuing face-off in the Ducks zone and the puck went to Tkachuk, who took a wrist shot from just above the right circle and scored into the top right corner to cut the lead to 2-1 at 17:10 of the first.

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Flames forward Mikael Backlund was in the penalty box for tripping Getzlaf when Jankowski dug the puck off the wall in his own zone, then got around Ducks defenseman Brandon Montour at the blue line to spring a 2-on-1. Jankowksi elected to shoot and hit the top right corner for his first goal of the season at 6:06 of the third to make it 2-2.

“Those games are going to happen. I thought we kind of were a little slow in the first 12 minutes or so in the game and then we got our legs going. Really, I thought we controlled a good part of the game afterwards. We certainly had our looks and they just, they had their looks too.” — Flames defenseman Travis Hamonic

“Were doing a little better defensively, which is allowing us to play more offense.” — Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf

The Ducks have won 27 of their past 28 regular-season home games against the Flames. … Tkachuk has six points (three goals, three assists) during a four-game point streak. … Giordano assisted on Tkachuks goal and has nine points (one goal, eight assists) in the past six games. … Lindholm has nine points (three goals, six assists) during a six-game point streak. … Miller earned his 372nd win to tie Andy Moog for 17th on the NHLs all-time list. He moved within two wins of tying John Vanbiesbrouck for the most among U.S.-born goalies. … The Ducks are 7-0-2 this season when allowing two or fewer goals. … Manson returned after missing the past four games with an upper-body injury.