Calgary Flames 6 - Anaheim Ducks 4
Cam Talbot would get the start for the Flames against the Ducks, after making 44 saves in a shutout win three days ago, when they played visitors at the duck pond. Ryan Miller getting the start for Anaheim. Miller played the last 40 minutes against the Flames last Thursday — Gibson was pulled after letting in 4 goals in the first period of that game.
Scoreless in the first 20 minutes. The first shot was a wrister by Flames, Rieder a few minutes into the game. Andersson had the best scoring chance in the first, while the Flames were on a power play — his shot went off the post. Shots on goal (SOG) were 12-10 in favour of Calgary — Talbot making some great saves — to end the first period.
A few give aways early on by both teams. It would be Bennett’s bad pass that would give Adam Henrique a break away, leading to the first goal of the game for the Anaheim Ducks.
It wouldn’t take long for the Calgary Flames to make it 1-1 in the second period — Andrew Mangiapane scoring on a rebound shot by Hanifin, 53 seconds after the Ducks goal.
Hanifin not able to handle the puck in his own zone — coughs it up to Silfverberg out of all players, for an automatic Ducks goal. 2-1 for Anaheim half way into the game.
Nicolas Deslauriers would make it 3-1 Ducks, with a point shot that deflected off of Flames player, Stone and past Talbot to start the third period.
The Flames would answer back quickly, with two goals in 19 seconds to tie the game 3-3, five minutes into the third. Mangiapane scoring his second goal of the game. Sam Bennett getting the tying goal — his 3rd goal in two games, in the three games that he’s played since being out sick for two on the California road trip.
Matthew Tkachuk gets the go ahead goal, and just over a minute later, Sean Monahan would make it 5-3 for the Flames with a Ducks give away. 4 goals in under ten minutes for Calgary with over five minutes left to play in the game, but it’s not over yet.
Mangiapane gets his first career hat trick — with Johnny Gaudreau feeding him the pass knowing there was an empty net.
The Ducks would score another goal with 3.4 seconds left in the game. The Flames would win the second matchup between these two teams within a week with a score of 6-4.
2nd: 6:46 - Mangiapane (11) (Hanifin/Tkachuk)
3rd: 4:46 - Mangiapane (12), 5:05 - Bennett (8) (Stone), 12:59 - Tkachuk (20) (Mangiapane), 14:03 - Monahan (18), 19:03 EN - Mangiapane (13)
2nd: 5:53 - Henrique (21) (Ritchie), 10:37 - Silfverberg (18)
3rd: 3:05 - Deslauriers (3), 19:56 - Shore (3) (Larsson)
Ward keeping the lines the same as last game to see if he can get this team going. The Flames saw some secondary scoring. Johnny Gaudreau still not able to break his scoring slump — he could have with the empty netter, but in an unselfish move made the pass to Mangiapane for his much deserved hat trick. Gaudreau has an average of 6 games per scoring drought — his longest scoreless runs were 12, and 10 games early on in the season. He’s had some great chances, but not the favour of the hockey gods.
Flame of the Game
Andrew Mangiapane (F): 4-point game (3G, 1A). Mangiapane scored the first two goals for the Flames to get them going. It was good to see Ward playing him in the last minute for the empty net goal making it a hat trick. Mangiapane had some great forechecking on the assist to Tkachuk’s goal, and had hustled Getzlaf off the puck to get it to Johnny, and down the ice for him to receive a pass back for his third goal.
2/21/2020: Calgary Flames vs. Boston Bruins @ Scotiabank Saddledome, 7PM MT.