With Karri Ramo out because of a leg injury, Jonas Hiller started in net today while Joni Ortio was backup. The last-minute line-up changes seem to be the norm this season for the Calgary Flames as they announced just before the game that Matt Stajan, Kris Russell, and David Jones would be scratches. Jakub Nakladal slotted into the line-up and was paired with Ladislav Smid on defense. Which left Deryk Engelland to be paired with Dougie Hamilton.
The first period was a goal-fest. Calgary struck first with a power play goal about 6 minutes into the period. But the Ducks came back soon after to tie the score at 1-1. With the shots on goal 10-5 in favor of the Flames, the home team struck again and the score was 2-1. Anaheim wouldn't go down without a fight and they tied the score before a beauty goal by the Flames. The home team had a 3-2 lead heading into the second period.
Another goal-fest in the second saw 9 goals in the first 40 minutes of this game. Even with a 4 on 3 advantage, the Flames couldn't seem to get their momentum throughout the middle frame. The Ducks evened the score again and then netted two more goals to give them a 5-3 lead. Hiller was pulled after the Ducks 4th goal and Ortio got his chance in net. Ortio made some great saves and the Flames took the puck back down the ice at the end of the period to make the score 5-4 before the buzzer went.
Anaheim opened the final period with the only goal of the period to restore their 2-goal lead. Even though the Flames tightened their defense and generated some offense, which was relatively short-lived, it wasn't quite enough. After pulling Ortio with 2 minutes left, the Flames pushed back, but fell to Anaheim 6-4. This is the third matchup with the Ducks and the third loss against the Anaheim team this season.
The Calgary Flames host the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday, February 17 and they host the Vancouver Canucks on Friday, February 19.