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Flames 1 Ducks 3: Inside the Game

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

INSIDE THE GAME

GAME AT A GLANCE: The Calgary Flames knew going into Friday night's matchup against the Anaheim Ducks, that the rivalry was going to get physical and fierce as both teams battle for points in a tight Western Conference. But it didn't go as planned for the Calgary club as they fell 3-1, losing for the third time this season to the 2007 defending Stanley Cup Champions.

Mathieu Schneider opened the scoring 35 seconds into the first period. The Anaheim defenceman fakes the first shot and then fires a laser inside the left post, giving the Ducks the early lead.

Todd Bertuzzi and Dion Phaneuf renew a rivalry and drop the gloves 5:31 into the first. Phaneuf gets a few blows on the heavy weight Ducks' forward, but as the fight ends, Bertuzzi is sent off the ice for a game misconduct for not using his tie down properly.

Anaheim's Cory Perry with a solid jolt on Cory Sarich, which ends up setting up the Ducks' second goal of the game at 13:55.

Scott Niedermayer uses Calgary's Eric Nystrom as a screen and fires a centering shot around the Flames' forward to beat Miikka Kiprusoff on the power play at 13:58 in the first.

Calgary makes a goaltending change in favour of Curtis Joseph to start the middle frame, sitting Kiprusoff on the bench.

Jim Vandermeer holds his own against big George Parros, landing a few good blows on the Ducks' forward.

The Flames put themselves on the board after a great play by Jarome Iginla to Dion Phaneuf on the man-advantage at 7:09. The Flames' capitalize on a quick turnover as Iginla feeds a cross ice pass to Phaneuf, who uses Rob Niedermayer as a screen, firing a quick wrister on the Ducks' net.

Matthew Lombardi comes within inches of tying the game at two at the half way mark of the final frame, but rings his wrist shot off the post after having Jean-Sebastien Giguere beat.

Craig Conroy also bounces the puck off the cross-bar at 16:01, as the Flames continue to look for their second goal of the game.

The Ducks have the two-man advantage after a holding, unsportsmanlike conduct and a game misconduct call against Calgary blueliner Dion Phaneuf. Teemu Selanne takes advantage of his team's power play and notches Anaheim's third and final goal of the game.

THE BIG SAVE: Mathieu Schneider looks for his second goal of the game and nearly gets it when he wires a shot on Miikka Kiprusoff at 6:17 of the opening frame. The pucks gets past the Flames' netminder, but Kiprusoff come ups with a stellar save when he reaches back with his glove and smoothers it inches before it slides past the goal line. Curtis Joseph also with a miraculous save on Cory Perry in the final seconds of the middle frame. As the Ducks' forward fires a wide open shot, Joseph lays down and stacks the pads, robbing Perry.
THE BIG HITS: Anaheim's Cory Perry with a solid jolt on Cory Sarich, which ends up setting up the Ducks' second goal of the game at 13:55.
THE TURNING POINT: Matthew Lombardi comes within inches of tying the game at two at the half way mark of the final frame, but rings his wrist shot off the post after having Jean-Sebastien Giguere beat.
QUOTABLE: "It's great to be in a physical game, these guys always play physical, and we needed to match that in the first period and obviously we didn't. But that's why the game is 60 minutes, so we have the opportunity to come back harder and put a couple pucks in the net.." -- Flames' forward Eric Nystrom after the first period.

THE ROSTER: Flames forward David Moss missed his seventh game in a row with an ankle injury. Forward Alex Tanguay was also out with a neck injury. The Flames healthy scratches were D David Hale and D Rhett Warrener.

WORTH NOTING: Eric Nystrom was called up from the Quad City Flames on Thursday to fill a gap, since both Tanguay and Moss are out with injuries...Todd Bertuzzi was removed from the game in the early minutes after not using his tie down properly...Curtis Joseph was solid in net after replacing Miikka Kiprusoff in the second, after word that the Flames' star netminder is sick with the flu.

BY THE NUMBERS: Four fighting majors and seven roughing penalties in 60 minutes of play...21 penalty minutes for Dion Phaneuf...13 saves for Curtis Joseph and nine saves for Miikka Kiprusoff...The Anaheim Ducks registered 25 shots on net...Teemu Selanne tallied 4 shots on net...Six hits for Flames' blueliner Jim Vandermeer...Two posts and one cross bar hit by the Flames in the third period.
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