You just knew this was going to be a close one.
Five of the last eight meetings between Calgary and Anaheim went to extra time. The problem, for the Flames, was that the Ducks emerged victorious in all five of those games, winning three in overtime and two in shootouts.
With both teams battling for a playoff spot in the tight Western Conference race, a close, hard-fought game was easy to call.
And a close game it turned out to be with the Ducks prevailing 4-2.
Trailing 3-1 to start the final period the Flames wasted no time, scoring 13 seconds into a five-on-three just 42 seconds into the period to make it 3-2. Mark Giordano's rocket of a slapper finding the low corner to cue the comeback. Despite playing a solid third the rest of the way, that would be all the Flames would get. Corey Perry, with his second of the game, would add an empty net goal to seal the game for Anaheim.
The Flames, needing to win all five of their remaining games for a shot at the playoff dance, dominated portions of the game.
Calgary controlled the play in the second period outshooting the Ducks 10-3 and holding a wide margin in territorial play. But, with 1:09 left in the period, Lubomir Visnovsky's point shot through a Ryan Getzlaf screen put the Ducks up 3-1.
A mad scramble in the Ducks goalmouth led to what the Flames and their faithful believed was their second goal just as a Duck penalty expired with 5:10 remaining in the second period. The goal was reviewed for a lengthy period before being waved off as it could not be determined if the puck crossed the line. Flames players, however, were adamant that the puck was in the net. In what was a critical game for the Flames, this was a critical call and one that will be widely debated.
Tim Jackman and Matt Stajan had the bird's eye view.
"it was a bad break. It changed the momentum," said Stajan. "We really took it to them in the second. We battled for that goal. It was in. It was too bad they got it wrong."
Jackman swatted at the puck on the play and on some replays the puck appeared to cross the line.
"I just saw the puck go in," said Jackman. "I whacked it. Saw it go in. It crossed the line. What do you do?"
Regroup and get ready to play St. Louis on Friday.
"We've just got to bounce back," said Jackman. "We just have to keep going, find a way to win."
In the first period the Flames were able to kill off a 48 second five-on-three. However, with 10 seconds left in the second penalty, the Ducks Perry tipped a point shot past Miikka Kiprusoff to give the visitors a 2-1 lead.
The Flames struck first when Jarome Iginla snapped a shot from the face-off dot past Ducks netminder Ray Emery at 2:58 of the first period. With the goal, his 37th of the season, Iginla moved to within four points of 1,000 in his career.
At 8:05 Bobby Ryan, with a wrap-around, tied the game 1-1 on a power play.
NOTES: Tom Kostopoulos played centre instead of the wing for the Flames, who have just three natural centres available because of injuries...Cory Sarich gets the belt of the game for decking Matt Beleskey inside the Flames blueline in the second period...The Flames scratches were defencemen Brett Carson and Brendan Mikkelson. The Flames injuries include Brendan Morrison, Niklas Hagman, Daymond Langkow, David Moss, Freddy Modin, Adam Pardy, and Raitis Ivanans.