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.”
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.
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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.
“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.”
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.”
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 Mansons shot from near the blue line.
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.
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).
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.
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.”
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.
“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.
Injured: Josh Manson (upper body), Max Comtois (lower body), Ondrej Kase (concussion), Nick Ritchie (upper body), Carter Rowney (upper body), Corey Perry (knee surgery)
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.