CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames plucked the Ducks.
Mikael Backlund had two goals and an assist while Lance Bouma, Paul Byron, Mark Giordano and TJ Brodie all recorded multi-point games as the Flames routed the Anaheim Ducks 7-2 at Scotiabank Saddledome on Wednesday.
Just 3:39 into the game, Giordano staked the Flames to a 1-0 lead. The Flames captain rifled a shot from the point that grazed the stick of Anaheim forward Kyle Palmieri and deflected up over Jonas Hiller's glove -- matching his career high of 11 goals set in 2009-10 -- to open the scoring on Calgary’s first shot.
Shot No. 3 also beat Hiller after TJ Galiardi converted a pass for a tap-in from Byron on a shorthanded 3-on-1 at 7:10. Mike Cammalleri then chased Hiller with his 17th of the season and second in as many games at 13:28.
Backlund, with his first of two, welcomed backup Frederik Andersen at 13:28 to give the Flames a quick 4-0 lead after 20 minutes, the first time Calgary has recorded four goals in a period all season.
Backlund added his second just 1:31 into the second period, a shorthanded marker he squeaked between Andersen’s legs to give the Flames a 5-0 advantage and the league lead of 12 goals when down a man.
Andrew Cogliano put the Ducks on the board at 11:30, but Ladislav Smid’s first as a Flame quickly answered his goal with 1:11 remaining in the middle frame.
Nick Bonino again pulled the Ducks to within four, but Corban Knight, with his first NHL goal, finished the game with 1:57 remaining in regulation.
GOAL OF THE GAME
Already up 1-0 thanks to Giordano’s opening goal, Byron led a shorthanded 3-on-1 up ice before feeding Galiardi a tap-in to extend the Flames’ lead to two. Goals from Cammalleri and Byron would round out the scoring in the first period, Calgary’s first four-goal period of the season.
SAVE OF THE GAME
With 4:55 remaining in regulation and Patrick Maroon unchecked in front of the net, the Ducks forward took a pass and tried to sneak a backhand through the legs of Joni Ortio but was denied.
Trailing 2-0 after just 7:10 of action in the first period, Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau called a time-out. The Flames responded with their third goal of the game less than four minutes later as part of a four-goal first period that paced the Flames to a 7-2 victory.
STAT OF THE GAME
With two shorthanded goals against the Ducks, the Flames have moved into first place in the NHL with 11 tallies when down a man.
Matt Stajan missed the game against Los Angeles due to personal reasons. Jiri Hudler (lower body), Dennis Wideman (upper body), David Jones (upper body) and Karri Ramo (lower body) all missed the game due to injury.
The Flames take to the road for a back-to-back series starting with the Dallas Stars on Friday (6:30 p.m. MST, SNET-Flames, Sportsnet 960 The FAN) and wrapping up against the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday (8 p.m. MST, CBC, Sportsnet 960 The FAN).