The Flames were eager to atone for a 5-3 loss to the Kings Wednesday night at the Staples Center, a game in which they felt they didn't play very well, made too many mistakes, and didn't capitilize on powerplay chances to get back into the game.
Thankfully for them, they said, the schedule allowed for that just 24 hours later in their eighth back-to-back of the season when they faced the Ducks down the freeway in Anaheim.
In front of a sizeable contigent of Flames fans, they exploded for four first-period goals en route to a 6-0 victory at the Honda Center.
It was their third win to close out this four-game road swing, another offensive outburst to go with a pair of earlier 6-2 wins over the Canucks and the Sharks.
All told, they come home with six of eight points as they continue to battle for a playoff spot in the ultra-tight Pacific Division.
Cam Talbot - starting his first game of the trip and making 44 saves in the outing - was called on early to make a big stop, getting his blocker on a shot by Jakob Silfverberg who was all alone streaking in through the slot.
With Wednesday's powerplay woes fresh in their minds, they got a PP opportunity just over six minutes into the first, when Max Jones was sent off for a hook on TJ Brodie.
They made good two seconds after the man-up expired, Elias Lindholm smacking the puck into the blue paint behind Ducks goalie John Gibson. Before he could get a second whack at it to knock it over the line, Silfverberg pushed it home while trying to clear it out of harm's way at 8:15.
Just 1:29 later, Oliver Kylington made it 3-0 when he skated into the Ducks zone with a man on him and hit the binders, spinning around and after realizing he'd been left all alone, walked in a few steps and snapped a beautiful wrister high far-side just under the bar for his second of the season.
"We came out flying tonight. We wanted to end off this road trip on a good note. We had a great start to the road trip and then had a little bit of a dip last night but came out here and finished off strong, that was the main focus for us."
Talbot on the team's offence, that scored 21 goals in three games:
"Ya, we got a lot of depth scoring on this trip. Everybody contributed throughout the lineup, our D chipped in with some goals. Our fourth line got a bunch in San Jose the other night. So, I mean whenever you're getting contributions up and down the lineup, you're going to win more often than not."
On his first shutout as a Flame:
"I felt like I controlled the game the best I could. I didn't leave too much laying around for them to bang in but a lot of their shots came from the outside and that makes it easy for me to control it. Our penalty-kill was grea tonight and, like I said, getting contributions up and down the lineup again."
Backlund on his pair of tallies:
"It felt good obviously, first time this year so that was nice."
Backlund on strong finish to trip:
"Ya, for sure, that was a great period by us. Like you say, we talked about it on the bus last night that we had one more big game on this trip that can make it a really good road trip. We wished we would have won yesterday but still, to get six points out of eight on this trip is big for this group. The situation we're in, a lot of teams are fighting for spots."
"I think we had a good bounce back. Obviously we knew we needed to have a big game after last night and I think we started right off the start. We had a good start and we played a good 60 minutes so we knew wehad to play a little harder and we did that tonight."
Janko on his confidence right now:
"I think ever since I got that first one in Ottawa the weight was lifted off my shoulders a little bit and was able to play a little more freely and it definitely feels good. I think our whole team, it's a team effort right now ... we can roll four lines and everyone is buying in. So it's been a good team effort the last few games."
Ward on coming out strong after loss:
"Ya, well we got some timely scoring early, but I liked the response of our guys. We talked about how important it was to come out and play a solid first period, get into the game early and I thought the guys did a good job of that. So, ya, we talked about the importance of the response. The response is always the important thing as this time of year. You have to park things quickly and move on to the next task and I thought our guys were full marks for doing that and as a result we get a good win here."
WARD ON TALBOT:
"I liked his game. He was excellent in here last time and I really felt like he was comfortable tracking the puck and everything was off him and he was following it and I thought it was an easy game for him positionally. I thought he anticipated plays well and I just thought he had himself in positions where he didn't have to react pucks, pucks were just hitting him and that's usually a good sign. So we're really pleased with the game he played for us today."
The Ducks last game - against the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night at the Honda Center - was postponed after former Flame and current Blues defenceman Jay Bouwmeester suffered a cardiac event on the bench, where - according to Blues.com - medical personnel used a defibrilator to revive him. He was transported to a nearby hospital. GM Doug Armstrong updated media Wednesday, saying: "Jay Bouwmeester is doing very well at the UC Irvine Medical Center in Anaheim and is undergoing a battery of tests to determine the how and why of what happened last night. Things are looking very positive." Both teams stood on the blueline before and during the anthems to wish him well ... As mentioned above, this was the eighth back-to-back of the season for the Flames. They are now 4-4-0 in the second game of back-to-backs. Their next two-in-two comes Feb. 29 and March 1 against the Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers ... The Flames have a record of 18-16-4 against Western Conference opponents, and are 11-9-1 against the Pacific Division ... These two teams will meet twice more this season, both times at the Scotiabank Saddledome, on Feb. 17 and March 25 ... Talbot is now five starts away from 300.
The trio and D-pairings to start last night's tilt:
Johnny Gaudreau - Sean Monahan - Elias Lindholm
Andrew Mangiapane - Mikael Backlund - Matthew Tkachuk
Milan Lucic - Derek Ryan - Dillon Dube
Zac Rinaldo - Mark Jankowski - Sam Bennett
Noah Hanifin - Rasmus Andersson
TJ Brodie - Michael Stone
Oliver Kylington - Brandon Davidson
After a week away on the road, the Flames return home to the Scotiabank Saddledome to take on the Blackhawks Saturday in a Hockey Night In Canada tilt. Click for tickets, before hosting the Ducks on Feb. 17 in a Family Day matinee affair at 2 p.m. Click for tickets.