Anaheim hates going to Detroit. Joe Louis has been very unkind to them over the years and the Ducks have a mere four wins in the building in 20 years. Calgary can feel Anaheim's pain, because a visit to the Honda Center has yielded absolutely nothing in return for the past 16 games in a row. The Flames last win in Anaheim? January 19, 2004.
The latest victory to add to the Ducks dominance was a 4-0 shutout on Friday night. Viktor Fasth stopped 29 shots and the Ducks now have two shutout victories in a row – one with Fasth and one with Hiller. Clearly, you won't go wrong with whomever you start on Sunday against St. Louis.
Calgary's loss was not for a lack of effort. In fact, they were the far better team for the first half of the game. Then the Ducks woke up.
Daniel Winnik scored just 1:15 into the first period, his first goal in 19 games. But that was all the Ducks could muster behind Miikka Kiprusoff until the second period.
"We sure were outplayed in the first half of the game," said coach Bruce Boudreau. "Thank goodness for Viktor. Once we scored the second goal, we started to get our legs and started to do the right things, and I think they were frustrated. A win is a win.”
Bobby Ryan tweaked his ankle in the first period, catching an edge and going down awkwardly. He went to the locker room but returned and scored at 13:38 of the second period to make it 2-0. That was where the game turned.
Ryan Getzlaf, who signed an eight-year contract extension earlier in the day, got an assist on Ryan's goal, giving him his 500th career point. Getzlaf later added his 10th goal of the year at 16:18 of the third period to put the final exclamation point on the game.
"I didn't even know until earlier," Getzlaf said about the milestone after the game. "It's another step along the way, and just a small step in the grand scheme of things."
Sheldon Souray got the other goal in the middle period with a key assist from Brad Staubitz. Staubitz got kicked in the face with Alex Tanguay's skate blade late in the first period. He had only been back on the ice for a couple minutes before he earned his first point as a Duck. It took a while to put 35 stitches in his face.
"It was a little scary," said Staubitz. "I knew it was the blade that hit me. It hit me hard. Right away, I wasn't sure. It kind of stunned me and I wasn't sure how bad it would be. They did a great job, stitched me up quick. Got lucky, I think."
The Ducks hope their luck continues on home ice when they meet up with the St. Louis Blues on Sunday evening.
In other notes: Kyle Palmieri remained out with an upper body injury. Bryan Allen missed his third in a row with flu like symptoms.