ANAHEIM, Calif. - Samuel Pahlsson broke a 1-1 tie at 3:24 of the third period to net the eventual game winner for the Ducks who defeated the Calgary Flames 4-1 on Monday night at Honda Center.
The Ducks' record now moves to 25-4-6 with 58 points to lead the NHL. Anaheim is also 13-2-2 on Honda Center ice this season.
"It was a close game for a long time," said Pahlsson. "We found a way to win it, and that's what we've been doing the whole year. We've managed to win, even though we haven't played a perfect game every time."
Pahlsson broke the tie in third period with a shot from the high slot that beat Calgary netminder Miikka Kiprusoff over the right shoulder.
"We had a lot of shots and a lot of scoring chances, but it's always dangerous when it's a tie game," said Pahlsson. "They have a lot of players who can score."
Dustin Penner picked up an insurance marker at 6:36 of the third. The Anaheim forward fired a wrist shot from a bad angle streaking in from the left wing. The shot deflected off Kiprusoff and in on the goaltender's short side.
With Jamie Lundmark off for charging in the closing minutes of the contest, Kiprusoff was pulled in favor of the extra skater. Corey Perry scored on the empty net for his ninth goal of the season to make it 4-1 Ducks.
Anaheim now has 49 third period tallies, the most in the NHL.
The Ducks and Flames traded a pair of first period goals with Calgary's Daymond Langkow opening the scoring 1:40 into the contest. Andy McDonald pulled the Ducks even at 19:21 of the first period. McDonald redirected a feed in front of Kiprusoff from linemate Chris Kunitz for his 11th marker of the year.
Anaheim remains home to face the Dallas Stars on Wednesday night before embarking on another five-game road trip.
"We did some things well," said Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle. "They played us hard and they're short-staffed. That's something we have to take advantage of when the situation presents itself. We ground it out and found a way to get it done."
20:00 - END OF GAME - ANA 4, CGY 1
18:53 - ANAHEIM GOAL - EMPTY NET - COREY PERRY (9). Perry tallies with the Calgary net empty on the power play. Assists go to Dustin Penner and Chris Pronger.
18:40 - CGY PEN - Jamie Lundmark is called for charging.
14:35 - George Parros and Robyn Regehr tangle in the first fight of the contest at center ice. Both pugilists pick up fighting majors.
10:20 - Travis Moen and Jamie Lundmark each pick up roughing minors after a melee in front of the Anaheim net. The two teams will skate 4-on-4.
6:36 - ANAHEIM GOAL - DUSTIN PENNER (14). Penner fires a wrist shot from a tough angle streaking in on the left wing that seems to handcuff Kiprusoff. The shot deflects in to give Anaheim a 3-1 lead. Assists go to Chris Pronger and JS Giguere.
4:03 - CGY PEN - Stephane Yelle goes off for charging. Anaheim goes on their second power play - they are 0-for-1 in the game.
3:24 - ANAHEIM GOAL - SAMUEL PAHLSSON (7). Pahlsson fires a shot over the right shoulder of Miikka Kiprusoff from the high slot to give Anaheim a 2-1 lead. Assists on the goal go to Rob Niedermayer and Travis Moen.
0:00 - The third period has begun with the Ducks and Flames tied 1-1.
20:00 - END OF 2ND PERIOD. SHOTS: ANA 17-28, CGY 7-18
17:54 - CGY PEN - Alex Tanguay goes off for diving. This is Anaheim's first power play. The Ducks have the 3rd best power play in the league at 22.8%. Calgary has a 80.2% efficient kill (T-24th NHL).
13:25 - ANA PEN - Teemu Selanne is called for unsportsmanlike conduct after arguing a close off side call. Calgary goes on their fifth power play. The Flames are 0-for-4 thus far with the man advantage.
10:14 - ANA PEN - Sean O'Donnell gets called for interference. Anaheim will be shorthanded for the fourth time in tonight's game. Calgary is 0-for-3 with the man advantage.
0:00 - The second period is under way between the Ducks and Flames.
20:00 - END OF 1ST PERIOD - SHOTS: ANA 11, CGY 11
19:21 - ANAHEIM GOAL - ANDY MCDONALD (11). McDonald redirects a feed in front past Miikka Kiprusoff to tie the contest 1-1 in the waning seconds of the first period. The assists go to Chris Kunitz and Teemu Selanne.
16:42 - ANA PEN - Chris Kunitz is called for slashing. Calgary goes on their third power play - they are 0-for-2.
12:08 - Scott Niedermayer goes off for hooking and Kristian Huselius gets caught on the dive. The two teams will skate 4-on-4 for two minutes.
10:07 - ANA PEN - Francois Beauchemin goes off for hooking. Calgary will go on their second power play - they are 0-for-1.
5:31 - ANA PEN - Dustin Penner is whistled for goaltender interference. Calgary goes on their first power play. The Flames are operating at 15.7% (22nd NHL) with the man advantage. Anaheim is killing at 86% (8th NHL).
1:40 - CALGARY GOAL - DAYMOND LANGKOW (11). Langkow accepts a pass from Alex Tanguay in the slot and fires a low shot past JS Giguere to give the Flames an early 1-0 lead. Tanguay and Jarome Iginla get the assists.
0:00 - The first period is under way at Honda Center.
Starting Goaltenders: ANA 35 JS Giguere, CGY 34 Miikka Kiprusoff
Starters: ANA - 27 D Scott Niedermayer, 23 D Francois Beauchemin, 8 RW Teemu Selanne, 19 C Andy McDonald, LW 14 Chris Kunitz; CGY - 21 D Andrew Ference, 28 D Robyn Regehr, 19 RW Chuck Kobasew, 18 C Matthew Lombardi, LW 20 Kristian Huselius
Scratches: ANA 30 G Ilya Bryzgalov, 38 C Ryan Shannon, 39 C Travis Green; CGY 4 D Roman Hamrlik, 7 D Andrei Zyuzin, 26 LW Marcus Nilson, 37 C Brandon Prust, 44 D Rhett Warrener
The Ducks return home to Honda Center tonight to face the Calgary Flames at 7:05.
Anaheim is coming off a stellar five-game road trip taking victories in Washington, Tampa, Florida and Atlanta. Their only defeat came at the hands of the San Jose Sharks on Saturday evening.
The Ducks remain the top team in the NHL standings at 25-4-6 with 56 points and are off to their best start in franchise history. Anaheim is 10-2-0 in the last 12 games and have earned standings points in 14 of their last 16 contests.
Anaheim is led offensively by Teemu Selanne (19-24-43), Chris Pronger (6-29=35) and Andy McDonald (10-21=31). Ducks goaltender JS Giguere leads the NHL in wins with 21 and is also tied for first in shutouts with four.
The Flames and Ducks have met twice already this season. On November 10 in Calgary, the Flames handed the Ducks their first regulation loss of the season. In their last meeting on November 26 at Honda Center, the Ducks won 5-3 with goaltender Michael Wall making his NHL debut.
Calgary stands at 16-11-3 with 35 points and in are in second place behind the Edmonton Oilers in the Northwest Division.
The Flames are led offensively by captain Jarome Iginla (20-21=41), Daymond Langkow (10-21=31) and Alex Tanguay (8-21=29). Iginla's 20 goals are tops on the Flames and have him tied for fourth overall in the league. Calgary netminder Miika Kiprusoff is 16-10-2 on the season with a 2.11 GAA and .927 SV %.
After tonight's contest, the Ducks face the Dallas Stars on Wednesday before embarking on another five-game road trip over the holidays.