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Anaheim gets late goal to edge Calgary 4-3

by TY PILSON @typilson /

Despite big nights from Kris Versteeg and Brian Elliott, the Flames fell to the Anaheim Ducks 4-3 at the Scotiabank Saddledome Sunday night.

Versteeg had two goals and Elliott made 30 saves in the loss, while Michael Frolik also scored for the Flames.

Logan Shaw's goal with 3:06 left in the third period stood up as the winner in Calgary's final home game of the regular season.

Patrick Eaves, Jakob Silfverberg and Korbinian Holzer also tallied for Anaheim.

The tilt was the fourth of five matchups between Calgary and Anaheim this season. The Ducks sandwiched a pair of wins (one each at the 'Dome and the Honda Center) around the Flames' 8-3 win on Dec. 4 in Calgary.

The two teams meet up again Tuesday night in Cali.

Eaves was Mr. Right-Spot, Right-time at the 11:32 mark of the first period when Elliott made a stop on a Ryan Kesler powerplay point shot but the rebound slid outside the blue paint where Eaves dug the puck out from amongst a crowd of players gathered around the crease and snapped it past a then screened Elliott.  

With just 57 seconds left in the opening frame, Silfverberg took a pass from Kesler as he streaked into the Flames zone and snapped a shot far-side over the shoulder of Elliott.

The Ducks led 2-0 on the scoreboard and 10-9 in shots after 20 minutes.

Versteeg made Vermette pay after the Ducks centre was sent to the bin for cross-checking him into the boards in the Ducks zone early in the second period.

On the ensuing powerplay, Versteeg took a pass from TJ Brodie and skated a few strides before unleashing a beautiful wrister from the near the right face-off dot that beat Jonathan Bernier short-side over his shoulder at the 3:48 mark.

Versteeg cashed in on the powerplay again just a tick past the halfway point of the frame when he took a pass down below the left faceoff circle and skated in and snapped a low shot far-side to tie it up.

Holzer converted a cross-ice feed from Ryan Getzlaf with less than two minutes left in the period to put the Ducks back in the lead at 3-2 after the second stanza.

Frolik knotted the game up again when he tipped a Mark Giordano point shot from the high slot under Bernier's blocker arm 5:43 into the third before Shaw salted it away for the visitors.

NOTES: The Flames have a 26-18-1-2 record versus the Western Conference this season and they are 13-11-1-2 against the Pacific Division … The Dynamic Duo lived up to their billing last month. Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau topped the Flames and were each in the top-10 in the NHL in points for March as Monahan had 18 (7G, 11A) and Gaudreau had 17 (5G, 12A). Gaudreau's goal in Friday night's win over the San Jose Sharks helped him reach the 60-point mark for the third straight season. He became just the fourth player in franchise history to have at least 60 points in each of their first three NHL campaigns (also Tom Lysiak, Joe Nieuwendyk and Sergei Makarov). Gaudreau collected an assist Sunday on Kris Versteeg's first powerplay goal to extend Johnny Hockey's current point streak to eight straight games … Flames captain Mark Giordano is nearing a career milestone, needing just one goal to hit the 100 plateau.

UP NEXT: The Flames head out for a three-game road swing through California to finish off the regular season. First up is the second game of the home-and-home series with the Ducks on Tuesday night (8 p.m., Sportsnet One, SN960 The Fan).

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