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Ducks can't explain home success vs. Flames

Anaheim has 27-game winning streak against Calgary at Honda Center entering playoff opener

by Dan Arritt / Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- The Anaheim Ducks will try to continue their success against the Calgary Flames at Honda Center when they play Game 1 of the Western Conference First Round on Thursday (10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports, PRIME).

The Ducks have won 27 straight regular-season and Stanley Cup Playoff games against the Flames at Honda Center. They're 36-2 with three ties in 41 games dating to 1999, when the Ducks were the Mighty Ducks and Honda Center was the Arrowhead Pond.

Coach Randy Carlyle could only shrug when asked about the Ducks' success against the Flames on home ice. Calgary hasn't won at Honda Center since April 25, 2006, a 5-2 victory in Game 3 Western Conference Quarterfinals.

"There's no explanation [for the streak] because they're totally different coaching staffs, totally different players, totally different groups," Carlyle said. "It's unexplainable."

Carlyle said he's sure the streak is a topic of conversation in Calgary.

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"In a Canadian market, they're going to be challenged with what's happened historically here," Carlyle said. "The pressure will be applied from a standpoint that they're going to have to show up and play their game, do what they do. ... The talk shows, the media, the coaching staff, everybody's going to be asking them to be as combative and as tough an opponent as they can possibly be."

The regular-season winning streak stands at 25 games after the Ducks won 3-1 in an emotionally charged game on April 4. It's an NHL record for the longest regular-season team vs. team winning streak at home. Before Calgary's last regular-season win in Anaheim on Jan. 17, 2004, the Flames had been 0-6 with three ties in their previous nine visits.

The 27-game winning streak includes 22 regular-season games and five in the playoffs. It began with a 3-2 overtime victory in Game 4 of the 2006 Western Conference Quarterfinals, a series the Ducks won in seven games. The Flames are 0-10 in overtime and shootouts at Honda Center since 1999.

Carlyle said even though his coaching staff is aware of the streak, it won't be discussed during preparations for the series.

"What's happened has happened. It's over," Carlyle said. "We've got to prepare for the future here. What's coming. Not living on anything we've done in the past. That's for sure."

Center Ryan Getzlaf said the Ducks players aren't paying attention to the streak.

"We don't talk about it," he said. "It's a different team every season that comes in here."

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