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The Game Rush: Flames vs. Ducks

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames were able to come back from two deficits in the game but fell in overtime to the Anaheim Ducks by a score of 5-4.

Cam Fowler scored the overtime winner, halting the Flames winning streak at two games. Calgary did build upon their point streak, however, which now has reached ten games.

Saku Koivu opened the scoring at 13:04 when he was able to sneak a shot from a bad angle underneath Miikka Kiprusoff's pad. Veterans Jason Blake and Teemu Selanne earned the helpers.

The Flames put the first period behind them and came out firing in the middle stanza. Rene Bourque scored the equalizer at 3:16 when he wired a wrist shot that beat Curtis McElhinney high glove side. Just 41 seconds later, Olli Jokinen deflected a Curtis Glencross pass to give the Flames the lead.

The Ducks didn't sit back however. They managed to push ahead by a goal at the end of 40 minutes thanks to Koivu and Brandon McMillan scoring two quick goals in the middle of the period.

Once again, Calgary refused to quit and captain Jarome Iginla tied the game at three when he was able to whack a rebound into the net after a scramble in front of McElhinney. Bourque and Robyn Regehr picked up the assists, giving both of them their second point of the night.

Glencross added to his points total when he scored at 8:18 of the final frame. Coming flying in on the half-wall, he took a pass from David Moss and roofed his wrist shot short side on the former Flames netminder.

The Ducks managed to tie it up with a late power play goal by Selanne.

Until 17:42 of the third period, the Flames had not taken a single penalty in the contest. When Glencross was called for tripping late in regulation, it ended their winning streak.

The Ducks pulled their goalie, giving the visitors for two-man advantage in the dying minutes. Veteran Selanne was able to score on the power play, pushing the game to overtime.

Anaheim was able to score in extra time and if the Flames had remained flawless when it came to penalties, they would have come out of regulation with two points.

Another night, another Glencross-Jokinen highlight reel goal.

After scoring two spectacular goals against the Senators on Wednesday night, the duo struck again in the second period. Glencross skated through the offensive zone with speed, carrying the puck along the boards. Seeing Jokinen steaming through the center of the ice, Glencross made a beautiful backhand pass to the pivot. Jokinen wasted no time it tipping the pass high over McElhinney's glove for his 11th of the season.

After potting a goal and a assist on Wednesday against the Senators, Jokinen had another great outing on Friday night.

The forward had a two point game, scoring a goal and a assist in the second period. He also drew a penalty shot in the first period which was stopped by McElhinney.

Jokinen played a very responsible game in all three zones in his 20:21 of ice time. Overall, he had two shots on net, four shots that missed the net and a +1 rating.

The only negative aspect of Jokinen's game came in the faceoff circle where he won just one of his four draws.

Jay Bouwmeester is the NHL's leading iron man, playing in 481 consecutive games.

Regehr has scored two points in his last two outings.

David Moss has nine assists on year with two coming against the Ducks.

"You never want to give up five goals. Any time you do that, the odds aren't very good that you're going to win the game. But we've been playing really well defensively lately and that's why we've been winning games. Tonight was an abberation." - Brendan Morrison

Saturday, Feb.12  vs. Vancouver
  8:00 PM MT (CBC, FAN 960)

There's no time to rest as the Flames take on the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night. The two Northwest Division rivals have met three times this season with the Canucks holding a two-game advantage in the season series.

Game time is 8:00 PM MT on CBC and The FAN 960.
800 Career games played by blueliner Cory Sarich.
5 Game point streak for defenceman Regehr.
5 Flames with two point games.
17 Goals this season for Bourque.
31:26 Ice time for Jay Bouwmeester

1st Star
Teemu Selanne
G A P +/- Shots
1 3 4 +3 3
2nd Star
Olli Jokinen
G A P +/- Shots
1 1 2 +1 2
3rd Star
Curtis Glencross
G A P +/- Shots
1 1 2 +1 6

Curtis McElhinney
25 21 4 64:30 .840

Miikka Kiprusoff
30 25 5 64:41 .833

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