Ducks Douse Flames 3-2

It was not the best of games for the Ducks, but a win is a win and a 3-2 victory over the Calgary Flames kept their streak alive at five games in a row.

Even though things started off well for Anaheim, they got a little bumpy in the middle.  Dustin Penner got his second goal of the year at 3:27 of the opening period and Kyle Palmieri extended the lead to 2-0 at 13:04. 

When Tim Jackman buttended Sami Vatanen in front of the referee a couple minutes later, things looked very good to go for the Ducks.  Jackman got a 5 minute major and a game misconduct and the Ducks appeared to be handed a golden opportunity.

Power play opportunities are a little tarnished and brassy right now.   In 24 chances they have had one, count it – one, goal.  Woohoo!  4.4% success rate!  Good enough to be at the bottom of the league. 

Plain and simple – their power play is toothless crap.  So bad, in fact, the Flames got a short handed goal from Lee Stempniak at 16:31 to add insult to injury.   It sucked the very life out of Anaheim and killed any possible momentum they had built up. 

It also gave Calgary a chance to get back in the game and maybe, just maybe, get a win at the Honda Center, even though they haven't done that since January 2004.

"Power killers,"  said Teemu Selanne.  "  It's not pretty to watch.  There's a lot of work to do."

Fortunately for the Ducks, the old Finnish guy got  "lucky" again for the 676th time in his career.  Selanne broke his stick, went to the bench to get a new one and then was perfectly placed to take a pass from Jakob Silfverberg.  Selanne put it behind Joey MacDonald at 16:35 of the second period for his first of the year.  The Ducks needed it for the eventual game winner.

""I broke two sticks for the first time in my career," said Selanne. "I got the breakaway. Sometimes, you’ve got to be lucky."

Luck might have something to do with it.  Then again, having a whole heapload of skill and talent sure helps!  Watching him score is a lot prettier than watching the Ducks power play, that's for sure.

A goal that Jiri Hudler deflected past Viktor Fasth at 4:15 of the third period had Ducks fans concerned and Flames fans hopeful, but Fasth would not yield anything else.

Fasth, who got his first start in ten days, made 33 saves for the victory and credited his teammates for their help.

"We fought hard in the last 20," Fasth stated.  "  We knew they were coming out at a high pace.  We were ready to meet their push.  The guys sacrificed themselves in front of me and we came out with the win."

Coach Bruce Boudreau knew the win wasn't pretty.

"I didn’t think we had much flow at all," was Boudreau's honest assessment. "We won, and we’re grateful we won. When you’re used to seeing what you saw in the previous few games, it’s hard to take."

Ducks finish up their homestand with a game against the Phoenix Coyotes on Friday evening and the Dallas Stars on Sunday before heading on the road again.  



About Karen Francis

Just a diehard Ducks fan since 1995, when the team filled the hockey shaped vacuum in my heart.