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Ducks blank Flames 4-0 for 10th straight home win

by Curtis Zupke

ANAHEIM – If Ryan Getzlaf and the Anaheim Ducks felt any more at home against at the Calgary Flames, they'd have to install a Barcalounger at center ice.

Getzlaf had a goal and an assist for career points Nos. 500 and 501 on the day Anaheim announced his eight-year, $66 million contract extension, and goalie Viktor Fasth stopped 29 shots as the Ducks won their 10th straight home game by beating the Flames 4-0 on Friday.

The score was somewhat deceptive --- the Ducks were outplayed for at least the first half of the game, but the Flames couldn't get a puck past Fasth.

"We didn't start the game the way wanted to," Getzlaf said. "Our goalie played unbelievable in the first period to even give us a chance. For us to come out 1-0 after that [first] period, we were pretty thankful."

Getzlaf joined Paul Kariya and Teemu Selanne as the only Ducks players to reach the 500-point club, and it only seems like another eight years will pass before Calgary wins at Anaheim after it dropped its 16th straight regular season game at Honda Center dating to its last win here on Jan. 19, 2004.

Getzlaf was blissfully unaware of the symmetry of the 500-mark coinciding with his extension.

"I didn't even know until earlier," he said with a laugh. "It's another step along the way, and just a small step in the grand scheme of things."

Anaheim can match its franchise-record 11-game run at home with a win Sunday against the St. Louis Blues. For that, they can thank Fasth -- the 30-year-old first-year goaltender recorded his second career shutout in his 13th NHL game and is perfect (5-0-0) at home.

"He played well tonight," Calgary defenseman Dennis Wideman said. "I thought the chances we did get, he made some big saves. And I just thought a lot of things hit him tonight. He had a good positioning. It was tough getting it by him."

Getzlaf's tap-in goal for a 4-0 edge finished off what had been a fairly tight game.

Anaheim clung to a 1-0 lead on Daniel Winnik's goal 75 seconds into the game as Fasth helped Anaheim overcome a solid puck-possession game by Calgary in the early stages. The Flames outshot the Ducks 22-9 before Bobby Ryan snapped a shot from the left circle through Miikka Kiprusoff's legs to make it 2-0 at 13:38 of the second period.

"The first 34 or 35 minutes, we played great hockey," Calgary coach Bob Hartley said. "We won the puck, we were physical, we did everything except score, and then that second goal really hurt us. It put us back on our heels. We had to open up, and they took advantage of that."

Playing back up on the top line, Ryan finished off a cycle play after Getzlaf fended off a defender at the half wall and passed to Corey Perry behind the net. Just 2:14 later, Sheldon Souray ripped a point shot that appeared to hit a Calgary player in the slot on its way into the net.

Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau knew what was in store and talked about still not being able to stop it.

"That team was ready to play," Boudreau said of Calgary. "We knew they were going to come out. They'd won their last two games. They'd gotten above .500. We talked about their first periods being their best periods, and we knew we were going to have our hands full if we didn't come out [strong] … they did it to us. Viktor was there to save us."

Calgary beat the Ducks in a 2006 Stanley Cup Playoff game, but its regular-season losing streak is so long that only Jarome Iginla and Kiprusoff remain from the that team. Wideman is new to the dynamic but he probably wouldn't be able to explain regardless.

"It's one of those things, I guess," he said. "I don't know what the problem is here."

That either team made it through the first 20 minutes was accomplishment enough. Ryan briefly left the game when he took an awkward fall against the end boards, and Brad Staubitz briefly left after he took a skate to the face. Even Perry took a spill and staggered back to the play. Boudreau said Staubitz was okay.

Anaheim shut out the Phoenix Coyotes on Wednesday and owns a scoreless streak of 137:11.

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