Getzlaf helps Ducks douse red-hot Flames

Author:
Publish date:

By Craig Shultz

PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

ANAHEIM, California (Ticker) -- Ryan Getzlaf recorded a goal and

an assist as the Anaheim Ducks snapped the six-game winning

streak of the Calgary Flames with a 3-2 triumph on Sunday.

Ryan Carter and defenseman Chris Pronger also tallied and

Jean-Sebastien Giguere finished with 34 saves for Anaheim, which

posted its eighth straight regular-season home victory over the

Flames - dating back to April 4, 2004.

Curtis Glencross and Todd Bertuzzi scored and captain Jarome

Iginla notched two assists for Calgary, which suffered its first

defeat since a 3-2 setback to the Edmonton Oilers on October 18.

Miikka Kiprusoff finished with 34 saves for the Flames.

"The puck's going in the net," Getzlaf said of both his and the

team's recent success. "The puck is going in the net for

everybody. It's not like we're doing a whole lot differently.

It's just the way things go.

"When you're struggling a little bit, you're hitting posts,

you're hitting this and that. I thought we worked through it

well as a group and rebounded tremendously. That's the big thing

that we're doing right now is everybody is rolling and

contributing. We're a confident team right now, so we're playing

like it."

Getzlaf opened the scoring 1:46 into the first period after

depositing a rebound over the right shoulder of Kiprusoff. The

goal was his fourth of the season and extended the center's

scoring streak to six games.

After starting with four straight regulation losses, the Ducks

have benefited from their top line of Getzlaf, Corey Perry and

Chris Kunitz which has have helped them go 7-1-1 in their last

nine games.

"They're getting inside and they're creating chances, and when

you have the amount of skill that they have, those things will

eventually turn the tide in their direction," Anaheim coach

Randy Carlyle said.

Pronger and Carter scored 45 seconds apart to give the Ducks a

three-goal advantage.

Pronger wristed a shot past Kiprusoff just 83 seconds into the

second period and Carter scored from in close shortly

thereafter.

Carter picked up a rebound in the crease following a nifty move

by Brian Sutherby for his second goal of the season.

"We were up 3-0 and it seems that after that, we sat back on our

heels and watched them play a little bit," Giguere said. "All

around it was a good effort, but I think we need to get

comfortable playing with that kind of lead."

Calgary coach Mike Keenan said the Flames didn't have the work

ethic needed to start the game.

"The intensity level wasn't high enough for a team as good as

the team we were playing," Keenan said.

"I thought we made a game of it, but we want to win the game,"

Iginla said. "They came out strong and got up 1-0 after the

first. In the beginning of the second, they went bang, bang. We

got our legs moving, skating and moving harder and we got on

them. I thought we were going to pull that one out. It was tough

to see our streak end, but we've got to be sharper off the

start."

Calgary got on the scoreboard after Glencross accepted a feed in

front and spun to his left to put it into a empty side at 10:28.

"We won the draw back to the point and (Adrian) Aucoin made a

nice shot getting it through to the net," Glencross said.

"(Iginla) made a nice tip, I was just in the goalie's face and

the rebound was there, so I put it in the open net."

Bertuzzi, who spent last season with Anaheim before having his

contract bought out, scored a power-play goal at 1:40 of the

third, skated up the middle before deking Giguere for his

seventh goal of the season.

"(Daymond) Langkow gave me a pass, I just ended up splitting the

D, walked in on 'Jiggy' and slid it in backhand," Bertuzzi said.

Calgary defenseman Dion Phaneuf said the team played harder to

finish the game.

"When you dig yourself a hole in this league against a team that

is very good defensively, you can't expect to come out all the

time," Phaneuf said. "Did we get better during the game? Yes,

but we dug a hole and couldn't get out."

The Ducks didn't want to talk about their home success against

the Flames.

"I don't believe in streaks," Getzlaf said. "Every team is

different every year, so it's not like it's the same group every

year. It's just the style we're playing right now."

"I don't talk about streaks or prosperity against certain teams

because it will come back to haunt you," Carlyle said. "I've

been involved with this game for a long time and we'll just take

what we get and be thankful that we were able to have some

success."

TOP HEADLINES

USATSI_16239109
Play

How The Golden Knights Success Stands Up With Other Successful Expansion Teams

The Golden Knights have had solid success in their first four years in the NHL. But how does compare against the NFL, NBA, and MLB teams who've won as newcomers?

USATSI_11265200
Play

Breaking: Rangers Hire Gallant as Head Coach

Gerard Gallant is reportedly set to be named the 36th head coach in New York Rangers history

USATSI_16142221
Play

Top Conn Smythe Candidates in 2021 Playoffs

Just four teams remain with a shot at Stanley Cup glory this summer. For some, the playoff hero is obvious. For others, it's not quite so clear. But either way, each has at least one player with whose post-season performance will merit Conn Smythe consideration.