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The Game Rush: Flames vs. Ducks

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

ANAHEIM, CA -- The Calgary Flames were able to push back from a 2-0 deficit to get to a shootout but were unable to beat Jonas Hiller more than once, losing 3-2 to the Anaheim Ducks.

The Flames had some lineup changes going into the contest. Henrik Karlsson started in net for the fifth time this season and David Moss was inserted back into the lineup after sitting for two as a healthy scratch. Sitting out in Moss' place was Matt Stajan.

Lubomir Visnovsky opened the scoring at 12:46 when he was able to wire a wrist shot over  Karlsson's glove. Ryan Getzlaf and Toni Lydman assisted on the blueliner's tally.

The Ducks built on their lead in the second period when Dan Sexton scored his second goal of the season. Brandon McMillan and Visnovsky earned the helpers.

Olli Jokinen scored his second in as many nights in the third period when he was able to send a rocket past Hiller while the Flames were on the power play. Taking a pass from Mark Giordano, Jokinen let a one-timer go from the faceoff circle. The puck flew over Hiller, giving Jokinen his fourth goal of the season. Jarome Iginla also assisted.

The Flames continued their comeback with a David Moss goal at 13:25. Giordano sent a blast from the point and the winger was able to get his stick on the shot, redirecting past Hiller for his 13th goal of the campaign. Iginla also got his stick on the shot before Moss tipped it in, giving the captain his second point of the night.

Calgary had a close call in overtime when Brendan Morrison was called for holding, giving the Ducks a 4-on-3 power play but Karlsson held his ground, earning his squad a chance in a shootout.

Alex Tanguay was able to beat Hiller but Hagman and Bourque couldn't find the back of the net while Getzlaf and Corey Perry scored for the Ducks.

Down by a goal going into the second period, the Flames came out hard looking to find the equalizer but unfortunately, despite great play, the Ducks added to the lead.

After a faceoff in the Ducks zone, Visnovsky was able to knock a loose puck along the boards and into the neutral zone. McMillan swooped in, beating Adam Pardy, and steamed into the Flames end. He saw Sexton coming into the zone, waited until he was at the side of the net and had Karlsson committed to the shot before dishing it off to his linemate. Sexton had a open to net to throw the puck into, pushing the Ducks to a 2-0 lead. Had that goal been prevented, chances are the Flames would have been able to overpower the Ducks in the regulation as the home team were outmatched the rest of the way.

In the four games he's started this season, Karlsson has proven to be a capable caddy for Miikka Kiprusoff, showing poise while under pressure. He displayed more of that calm, steady demeanour on Friday night in the second period.

At the tail end of the Flames power play, Brendan Morrison was robbed by Hiller's blocker after he sent a hard wrist shot at the net from the hash marks. The rebound landed right on Morrison's stick but the Ducks defence had swarmed in and knocked the veteran to the ice. Aimming to send the puck back to the Flames defence, Morrison inadvertantly pushed the puck too far, giving Jason Blake a breakaway as soon as he left the penalty box. Blake cruised into the zone and sent a shot that he hoped would beat Karlsson five hole but the Swede closed the wickets quickly, making the clutch save.

After a lackluster first two periods in Los Angeles, Olli Jokinen came out flying in the third frame against the Kings. He scored the Flames lone goal in Los Angeles and kept that momentum going in Anaheim.

Jokinen was a force to be reckoned with through all three frames and scored the Flames first goal while on the power play in the third period. Overall, he had 1 goal, 5 shots on net, 3 missed shots and 2 hits in 23:32 of ice time.

The Honda Center has not been particularly friendly to the Flames. They've now lost 12 straight in Anaheim, with their last win coming on Jan. 19, 2004.

"I don't dwell on it. I don't sit around thinking about it. You can't worry about things you don't control ... My focus is the hockey team and I take full responsibility for how the team plays. That's your job as a coach. That's what's on your shoulders on a daily basis." - Brent Sutter on rumors about his job security

  Monday, Dec. 13 vs. Columbus
  7:00 PM MT (SNET West, FAN 960)

After a quick two-game road trip, the Flames return to Calgary for a three-game homestand. They'll kick off their time at the Scotiabank Saddledome by welcoming the Columbus Blue Jackets. This is the second meeting between the two clubs. The Flames hold the edge in the season series, having defeated the Blue Jackets by a score of 6-2 on Oct. 22.

The puck drops at 7:00 PM MT on Sportsnet West & The FAN 960.
7 Game point streak for Jarome Iginla.
1 Game Matt Stajan has been a healthy scratch in this season.
34:24 Ice time for Jay Bouwmeester.
4 Blocked shots for Jay Bouwmeester. He led the team in this category.
29 Age Rene Bourque turned on Friday.

1st Star
Jarome Iginla
G A P +/- Shots
0 2 2 0 7
2nd Star
Jonas Hiller
39 30 2 65:00 .948
3rd Star
Henrik Karlsson
25 23 2 65:00 .920

Jonas Hiller
39 37 2 65:00 .948

Henrik Karlsson
25 23 2 65:00 .920

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