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The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Ducks

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames
TAKEAWAY ONE: Under siege immediately

Coming into Sunday's match against the Anaheim Ducks, the Calgary Flames said they needed to have a great start. That idea was squashed fairly quickly thanks to some great opportunistic plays from the home side.

The Ducks scored three times in the first 5:49 of regulation, chasing Miikka Kiprusoff in the process. Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Francois Beauchemin beat the Finnish netminder. Kprusoff allowed three goals on five shots.

Henrik Karlsson took the netminding reigns and did an exceptional job in relief. He made 26 saves, including a penalty shot from Bobby Ryan in overtime, to ensure his team at least managed a point in the game.

TAKEAWAY TWO: Comeback kids

It's often said 3-0 is the worst lead in hockey and that statement rung true for the Ducks. After their red-hot start, the Flames were able to get themselves back into the game while the Ducks sat back.

Tom Kostopoulos got the ball rolling for Calgary thanks to a give-and-go play with Matt Stajan that ended up behind Dan Ellis at 18:52 of the opening frame.

In the second period, Rene Bourque added to his ever-accumulating points total with his 25th goal of the campaign. Curtis Glencross sent a pass from the corner through the blueline paint as Bourque crashed into the side the net to tap it in.

Late in the middle stanza Steve Staios sent a blast from the point through a crowd that Kostopolous was able to get a stick on shot to score the equalizer.

Flames captain Jarome Iginla gave Calgary their first lead of the contest at 7:10 of the third period. With Cam Fowler in the sin bin for cross-checking, Iginla weaved around the offensive zone before sniping a shot that beat Ellis short side.

TAKEAWAY THREE: Tom Non-Stopoulos

Kostopoulos has been counted on to provide energy and spark for his club since being traded to Calgary early in the season but he did more than just that on Sunday evening. He had his best offensive game of his career at the Honda Center and was able to kickstart the Flames astounding comeback.

Kostopoulos recorded his first two-goal game since Dec. 26, 2003 when he was a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins and had his first three-point outing of his career.

TAKEAWAY FOUR: House of horrors

No matter what they do, the Flames just can't seem to find a way to win in Anaheim. Sunday's loss marked their 13th straight defeat at the Honda Center. Their last win in the building came on April. 4, 2004.

The Flames have had one win in Anaheim since 1999.

TAKEAWAY FIVE: How the West looks

Despite gaining a point, the Flames still sit in 10th place with 84 points. Anaheim has now jumped up to eighth place while Dallas sits in ninth. Both clubs have 85 points on the season. Chicago defeated the Coyotes in regulation so they have now moved up to fifth in the conference.

The Flames play Los Angeles on Monday in yet another proverbial four-point affair.
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