CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames managed to overcome an early three-goal deficit.
It was the late two-goal deficit that proved to be insurmountable as the Flames fell 5-4 to the Anaheim Ducks at Scotiabank Saddledome on Monday.
Trailing 3-0 just 10:53 into the game, Calgary rallied with a pair of power play goals off the stick of Curtis Glencross sandwiched between an Alex Tanguay marker.
“We did battle when they had a lot of momentum and were up 3-0,” captain Jarome Iginla said. “The beginning of the season and when things aren’t going well, it’s easy to feel sorry for yourselves or say, ‘Geez, things aren’t going our way’ but guys battled hard and got it back.”
But despite peppering Anaheim goaltender Jonas Hiller with 14 second period shots, Calgary couldn’t climb into the lead.
Goals by Ryan Getzlaf and Daniel Winnik in the third period staked Anaheim to a 5-3 lead in the period. Lee Stempniak’s second of the season, a breakaway marker with 5:56 remaining in the game brought the Flames to within one, as close as they’d get before time expired.
“I'm real happy the way we bounced back,” coach Bob Hartley said. “That's one thing that I can't fault this team on — the way that we work. We're relentless.”
SAVE OF THE GAME
After taking a cross-ice pass through the slot from Ryan Getzlaf, Kyle Palmieri’s one-timer is thwarted by the quick pad of a sprawling Miikka Kiprusoff to keep the score 4-3 with 15:39 remaining in the third period.
GOAL OF THE GAME
Trailing 3-0 and heading to the power play, Curtis Glencross deflected a Dennis Wideman point shot at 16:54 of the first period that started a three-goal rally to bring the Flames even against Anaheim. The assist marked Wideman’s first point as a member of the Calgary Flames.
Down 4-3, former Calgary Hitmen standout Ryan Getzlaf was able to bang in a loose puck just outside of Kiprusoff’s crease to extend the lead to two – a deficit the Flames couldn’t overcome.
Both Blair Jones and TJ Brodie drew into the contest their first game of the season. Steve Begin and Derek Smith were scratched in their place. Roman Cervenka and Anton Babchuk both missed the game due to injury while Jiri Hudler remains on bereavement leave.
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
“We got ourselves behind but I think we showed some good character — especially early in the season — to battle back to even. We had some momentum to take it away.”
- Jarome Iginla
STAT OF THE NIGHT
Aided by a pair of Glencross tips, Calgary’s power play went 2-3 on the night and is clicking at a 50 per cent rate through the first two games of the season – third-best in the league.
The Flames will play their first game of the season away from the Scotiabank Saddledome when they take on the winless Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena Wednesday. The Canucks, 0-1-1, last played Sunday, a 3-2 shootout loss to the Edmonton Oilers Sunday.