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Flames drop 5-2 decision to Ducks on Sunday

by Jason Johnson / Calgary Flames



ANAHEIM, CA
-- The Calgary Flames trailed the Anaheim Ducks 2-1 entering the third period but the home side rattled off three straight goals for a 5-2 victory and handed Calgary their 22nd consecutive loss at the Honda Center on Sunday.

Ryan Kesler scored twice while Patrick Maroon, Ryan Getzlaf and Kevin Bieksa rounded out the scoring for the Ducks (31-19-8). It was Mark Giordano, who scored his 15th of the season, and Mikael Backlund providing the offence for the Flames (26-29-3), which fell to the Ducks for the second time in less than a week.

"I felt like we were right in that game and we just let it get away from us in the third and basically handed it to them," Girdano said. "This was the one I thought we were going to get them. We were down 2-1, I thought we did some good things in the second, generated some chances and then we sort of gave it to them there in the third."

Maroon opened the scoring in the first period on the power play after Lance Bouma blocked a point blast on the inside of his leg, which left the forward immobilized temporarily, and Maroon made no mistake as he found himself with all kinds of time on front of Jonas Hiller.

Kesler doubled the Ducks' lead in the second period when his wrister to the far side from the top of the face-off circle eluded Hiller.

Giordano responded on the power play after Johnny Gaudreau made a no-look backhand pass to the Flames' captain, who one-timed a slapshot past John Gibson.

Giordano's tally marked a career-high in goals for the blueliner and vaulted him into a tie for third in league goal scoring among defenceman, four behind Brent Burns, who leads in that category.

"We felt that we had a good end to the second period," said Flames coach Bob Hartley. "We were in their zone, we hit a few posts and everything. Feelings in the locker room between the second and the third were good, the boys were positive. But then they scored that first goal (in the third) and then we could feel that they got back to their game."

Getzlaf scored 16 seconds into the third to extend Anaheim's lead to 3-1. David Perron stripped the puck from Calgary defenceman Dougie Hamilton in the corner and threaded the needle to Getzlaf, who scored his eighth goal with a one-timer from the low slot.

TJ Brodie snuck in from the point and rang one off the post in the final frame, Calgary's third post of the evening.

"We generated some chances, some really good looks but that's the game," Giordano continued. "You've got to work for your chances and they had a lot of chances too and hit some posts.

"Bottom line is we are giving up way too many goals lately. Five goals against again tonight isn't good enough. We have to clean it up, especially on the road. You're not going to win many like that."

Kesler buried his second of the game after he pick-pocketed defenceman Deryk Engelland in front of the Flames goal and snapped the puck over Hiller's shoulder.

Bieksa one-timed Kesler's pass through traffic for a power play goal with 5:07 left to give the Ducks a 5-1 lead.

"There's no doubt about it they are one of the best teams in the league," Giordano said. "They obviously had a tough start but we all know what kind of depth they have on their team and their confidence is going a long way for them now. They're rolling and doing good."

Backlund, who found the back of the net for the third straight game, cut Anaheim's lead to 5-2 with 45 seconds left after he pounced on a rebound from Engelland's point shot and a stretched out Gibson couldn't stop the puck.

"I thought for the first 40 minutes we showed signs of arrogance and being on the puck and matching their intensity," said Hartley. "They are a big, physical team that skates well. They are really skilled and they make you pay for your mistakes.

"This is a good organization to look at. They were very patient with their young players, they gave them lots of ice time and now you look at the team they've got and they are pretty solid."

The Flames continue their quick two-game road wing with a visit to the Staples Center in Los Angeles to battle the Kings on Tuesday.

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