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Flames falter in rare third period lapse

by Aaron Vickers / Calgary Flames

Up 2-1, that's the position we want to be in. It's disappointing that we couldn't get that third goal or prevent them from scoring any. We relied on maybe thinking that our third periods are always good and we kind of sat back and we didn't play very well at all.Lance Bouma

CALGARY, AB -- Third periods this season have been best for the Calgary Flames this season. But not Friday.

The Flames took a 2-1 lead into the third period before the Anaheim Ducks struck for five goals to rally to a 6-3 win at Scotiabank Saddledome.

“They came at us hard and they played a good third period and we weren't ready to go,” said Lance Bouma, who scored his 12th of the season and fourth in six games in the loss. “We weren't good enough in the third period.

“They were just the better team, they wanted it more than us. It doesn't happen very often with this group but it was disappointing.

“Up 2-1, that's the position we want to be in. It's disappointing that we couldn't get that third goal or prevent them from scoring any. We relied on maybe thinking that our third periods are always good and we kind of sat back and we didn't play very well at all.”

With a one-goal edge in the third, Francois Beauchemin scored his fifth of the year to pull Anaheim even. Ryan Getzlaf added another just over two minutes later before Kyle Palmieri and Jakob Silfverberg scored three minutes apart.

Sean Monahan added his team-leading 20th, but Hampus Lindholm found the back of an empty net to seal the victory.

“They were better than us in the third, simple as that,” Monahan said. “We've got to be better in the third, we know it as a group. We're looking forward to getting on this trip to get some points back.

“Pucks were going in and that happens. Hockey's a crazy game like that, but we've got to find a way to be better and defend that.”

The loss, Calgary’s second in a row, has them clinging to third in the Pacific Division.

It’s not going to change the Flames’ mindset, though, as Calgary gets set to embark on a season-long seven-game road trip through the Eastern Conference while the 2015 Tim Hortons Brier curling championship occupies Scotiabank Saddledome from Feb. 28 - March 8, 2015.

“Get the bodies rested, get the minds refreshed and come back and have a big road trip,” captain Mark Giordano said. “You always want to get off to a good start, so that game in New York is going to be huge for us. We know how important this road trip is for us, but the key to good road trips is you've got to get off to a good start.”

Flames coach Bob Hartley agreed.

“The mindset can't change. That's our situation,” he said. “Tomorrow morning, we wake up and it's another day. That's the battle that we're in. There won't be any freebies, so we need to bounce back.

"With all the teams jammed in this chase right now, the ability of any team -- including ours -- to bounce back, to regroup, to re-focus from a bad game, that could be a very important point towards the end.

“We're still in that mix. That's what we wanted, so let's forget about tonight. There's not much we can do. I will certainly not keep the DVD of that game.”

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