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Cammalleri, Giordano ignite Flames in win over Ducks

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CALGARY, Alberta (Ticker) -- A third-period surge enabled the

Calgary Flames to end a drought at home.

Michael Cammalleri and Mark Giordano each recorded a goal and an

assist to help the Flames avoid their first four-game losing

streak at home in over six years with a 4-3 victory over the

Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday.

David Moss also tallied and rookie Brett Sutter netted his first

career goal in his NHL debut for the Flames, who had been 0-1-2

in their last three contests at the Pengrowth Saddledome - on

the verge of their worst stretch there since November 14-21,

2002.

"You know I can't (describe a better debut)," said Sutter, a

native of Viking, Alberta. "We got the win, I got a goal and in

the hometown. Words can't really describe it, it just feels

good right now."

Captain Jarome Iginla and Craig Conroy each had two assists in

support of Miikka Kiprusoff, who turned aside 30 shots.

"I don't think we have an issue being physical with any team, we

can engage in any style pretty much," Flames coach Mike Keenan

said. "We have the personnel that can play that style of game.

It's a tough situation for them, coming in (off back-to-back

games)."

Brendan Morrison scored twice and Ryan Getzlaf added another,

but the Ducks fell for the third time in four contests.

Trailing, 2-1, early the final period, Calgary scored three

unanswered goals en route to its third win in four contests.

"It's disappointing when we have the lead to let them come back

like that and take over the game," Ducks defenseman Scott

Niedermayer said. "We have two days to regroup.

"We're used to back-to-back games. You do quite a bit of it

during the season, so it's not an excuse. It was just mental

breakdowns more than physical tiredness. It's just

disappointing."

Recalled on Monday from Quad City of the American Hockey League,

Sutter - the son of Flames general manager Darryl Sutter - was a

sixth-round pick in 2005, and recorded one goal and six assists

in 28 games in the minors this season.

He surely made his presence felt in the NHL right away, tying

the game at 2-2 just 14 seconds after Getzlaf gave the Ducks a

one-goal lead 3:45 into the third.

"It was a timely goal for us because they had a little momentum

going at that point in the game and we were able to grab it

back," Keenan said. "It was a huge goal in the momentum swing

and to get the crowd support back into it. A very timely goal

for us."

Conroy set up the tally and was especially happy for his young

teammate's accomplishment.

"You're never going to forget your first goal, and I'm glad to

be a part of his first," Conroy said. "It's always fun to have

your hand in there. It wasn't a great pass, but as the years go

on I'll just say I slid it over to him and he just tapped it in.

"He was making plays, he was keeping it simple, throwing it at

the net. You don't want to do too much but he's going to get

more and more confidence as he goes. But I thought he played a

great game."

Giordano converted passes from Iginla and Cammalleri to hand the

Flames a lead they would not relinquish with 8:11 remaining.

Cammalleri then increased the advantage to 4-2 just 2 1/2

minutes later with his 12th goal of the season while sitting on

the doorstep.

Morrison's shot from the right faceoff circle cut Anaheim's

deficit, but Kiprusoff stymied the Ducks the rest of the way to

secure the triumph.

"Tonight we didn't (play defense), we got two but gave up three

so ultimately you can point at our line and say we weren't

responsible defensively," Morrison said.

Moss opened the scoring midway through the second, but Morrison

struck for the first time to forge a tie with 2:32 left in the

session.

Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 28 saves for the Ducks, who dropped

to 1-1-0 on their current five-game road trip.

"Penalties have been a concern for us throughout the year, but

as of late we've been better," Giguere said. "That makes it

easier to win. But we have to be good on the penalty kill and

the power play, it always comes down to that. They got a big

goal at the end on the power play, that's how you're going to

win in this league."

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