(Sports Network) - Even with their outstanding run since the beginning of
January, the Ducks can't afford to let up down the stretch. A home meeting
with the Flames could result in a big two points.
Anaheim tries to avoid losing three straight for the first time in two months
as it battles Calgary, one of the teams ahead of it in the Western Conference
The Ducks last lost three straight from Dec. 29-Jan. 4, but rebounded to go
17-3-4 over their next 24 games to get back into the playoff picture. However,
Anaheim's current two-game slide has it seven points back of a playoff spot.
Following a three-goal defeat in Colorado on Tuesday, the Ducks unleashed 43
shots on Buffalo netminder Ryan Miller on Wednesday, but he stopped each one
in handing Anaheim a 2-0 defeat. The Ducks were shut out for the fifth time
this season and for the first time since Jan. 24.
Jonas Hiller was touched for both goals on 24 shots for Anaheim.
"For me, it's tough to be back there, feel like I'm playing pretty well and
seeing the guys trying and trying and not getting anywhere," said Hiller.
"It's definitely frustrating. If we play like that every night, we always have
a chance to win."
The Flames are five points ahead of the Ducks in the standings, leaving them
two back of the eighth-place Stars. Following an 0-2-2 homestand, Calgary
visited Phoenix on Thursday night and got back on track with a 4-2 victory.
A three-goal first period sparked the Flames, with Mike Cammalleri getting
things started with 5:51 left in the frame before Curtis Glencross --
shorthanded -- and Olli Jokinen netted their 20th goals of the season.
Jarome Iginla scored into the empty net and also had an assist, while Miikka
Kiprusoff made 29 saves.
"This was big, we needed these points right here and we needed to snap this
streak," said Cammalleri. "It was huge and hopefully we can carry this
momentum over into our next game."
The Flames and Ducks have split two meetings so far this year, with each team
winning once at home. Calgary snapped a four-game slide with a 1-0 overtime
victory back on Jan. 12, getting 23 saves from Kiprusoff. Blair Jones tallied
the winner 1:51 into the extra frame.
The Ducks, though, responded with a 3-2 shootout win on Feb. 6. Niklas Hagman
earned the victory for Anaheim in the eight-round shootout, while Hiller made
24 stops through overtime and another six in the shootout. It was the Ducks'
14th straight home victory over the Flames, who haven't won in Anaheim since
Jan. 19, 2004.
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