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DETROIT -- Despite Jarome Iginla
's late tying goal, the Calgary Flames fell 3-2 in a shootout to end their short two-game road trip.
The Flames are now 7-1-3 on the road this season and picked up three points in California. The Honda Centre hasn't been a pleasant place for the Flames over the years. They've now lost 10 straight in the Duck Pond and are 1-15-4 in their last 20 tilts in Anaheim.
Curtis Glencross opened the scoring with a beautiful breakaway goal. After taking a nice pass from Olli Jokinen, Glencross skated in and sent a wrister over J.S. Giguere's glove.
Just like in the Flames-Kings game, the Ducks came back with two quick goals. First, Bobby Ryan took advantage of a Jamie Lundmark giveaway to tie it. Then, Ryan Getzlaf batted in Ryan Whitney's rebound to give the Ducks the lead.
It looked like the Flames would be heading back to Calgary with two points from their road swing but Iginla wasn't ready for the game to be over quite yet. With just 18 seconds left in the game, the captain came through again for his team. Iginla took a great pass from Jokinen and snapped a quick wrist shot that beat Giguere.
The game ended up going to a shootout where only veteran Teemu Selanne was able to score. Nigel Dawes, Jokinen and Glencross were the Flames shooters but Giguere had their numbers. This was the first time Jokinen has not scored in a shootout this season.
The Flames are back at home on Wednesday night to take on the Phoenix Coyotes.
|WHY CALGARY LOST |
One word: goaltending. Overall, the Flames outplayed the Ducks in every aspect but J.S. Giguere was a brick wall all night. He stopped 41 shots and was perfect in the shootout. Also, the Flames allowed two quick goals once again this season. Those defensive lapses have come back to haunt them in more than once this season.
|THE BIG HIT |
gave Anaheim blueliner Steve Eminger a jolt behind the Ducks net midway through the second period while the Flames were on the forecheck. The Flames winger was battling for the puck when he slammed Eminger into the glass and to the ice.
|THE BIG SAVE |
While the Ducks were on their third power play in the second period, Corey Perry almost notched his second point of the game with a quick shot while Miikka Kiprusoff
was on the ice. Fortunately for the Flames, Kiprusoff was able to grab it and smother the puck.
|OUR 3 STARS |
Calgary has scored first in 17 of 22 games this season. They're 11-3-3 when getting on the score sheet first ... Conroy needs three points to reach 300 with the Flames ... Iginla needs 14 assists to pass Theoren Fleury for 2nd place on the Flames all-time assist leaders list ... the Ducks have been outscored 31-23 in third periods this season ... the last time the Flames lost in regulation on the road was on Oct. 20 in Columbus.