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Ducks defeat Flames for 20th straight time in Anaheim

by Curtis Zupke /

ANAHEIM -- Not even Finnish goalie sensation Joni Ortio and a big second-half push were enough for the Calgary Flames to end their decade-long losing streak at Honda Center.

The Anaheim Ducks took a four-goal lead and held off the Flames for a 6-3 win Wednesday in the finale for both teams before the All-Star break. Kyle Palmieri,Patrick Maroon, Ben Lovejoy,Tim Jackman, Ryan Getzlaf and Ryan Kesler scored for the Ducks (31-10-6), who lead the overall standings with 68 points.

The Flames (25-19-3) lost their 20th straight regular-season game in Anaheim, where they haven't won since Jan. 19, 2004. It's the longest current road losing streak in the NHL. Calgary entered the game 4-0-0 on its Pacific Division trip -- all behind Ortio, who was removed for former Duck Jonas Hiller after he allowed four goals on 11 shots.

Ex-Flame Jackman said the streak was discussed before the game. Anaheim has won 29 of its past 30 games against Calgary at home.

"We knew that they haven't had a lot of wins here recently in this place, and they were going to give us our best game" Jackman said. "You never feel real confident against a team like that even with a four-goal lead, they just don't quit, and they make plays and they go to the net.

"It's always nice to get the win before you have a few days off and we don't have to think about a loss so much. Guys showed up tonight and got the job done."

Goalie Frederik Andersen played through flu and made 30 saves for his 26th win.

Jackman was part of an excellent game by Anaheim's fourth line, which included Nate Thompson and Rene Bourque. Thompson had two assists and Bourque one.

"They're awesome," Lovejoy said. "I love playing with that line. Nate has been a huge pickup. Especially when I was hurt, I thought Tim Jackman was consistently one of our best forwards. He's not fancy but he's really hard to play against … I thought that whole line was clicking tonight. I think that was a big part of our victory."

Ortio gave up three goals on eight shots in the first period, although two came on deflections. He made a toe save on Getzlaf's shorthanded breakaway attempt in the first. It was Ortio's first experience with the streak but he is aware of it.

"It's hasn't been going our way in this building, but I don't think it's in anyone's head when we step foot on the ice," Ortio said.

It's unclear how much longer Ortio will be with Calgary. Flames coach Bob Hartley was vague about the goaltender's immediate future after the game. Ortio chalked up most of his tough night to a couple of deflections.

"Every game's a learning experience, if it's good or bad," he said. "Night's like this happen. It's everyday life, so there's no need to draw any bigger conclusions."

Hiller received big cheers and kept the Flames in it while they made their comeback.

Mikael Backlund and Sean Monahan brought Calgary to 4-2 with goals in a 7:59 span of the second. Backlund whacked home a puck in traffic at 11:13 for his fifth goal in seven games. Monahan extended his goal-scoring streak to four games with a snap shot to finish a pretty sequence at 19:12.

Getzlaf scored with 10:16 remaining, but Joe Colborne made it 5-3 with 9:18 to play. Kesler hit the empty net with 19 seconds left to complete the scoring after Calgary lifted Hiller for an extra attacker.

Calgary had outscored opponents 6-1 in the third period and overtime the previous four games, but couldn't force overtime.

"Sometimes it goes like this; that's the beauty of this game," Hartley said. "They're a great team and they made it tough. In the second and third, I thought that we skated a little better. We were putting even more pucks, with traffic, at the net, and that's where we got our goals. We got them on their heels a little bit, but that fifth goal really hurt us."

Jackman scored on a wrist shot from the right faceoff dot to put Anaheim ahead 4-0 at 9:37 of the second period. Lovejoy's first goal this season made it 3-0 after the first period. Calgary had sustained pressure in Anaheim's end before Lovejoy's point shot hit Flames defenseman Kris Russell on its way in at 17:04.

Maroon deflected Lovejoy's point shot into the net at 14:59 of the first for his third goal. Maroon has two goals in his past three games after he had two in his first 36 games. Palmieri opened the scoring when he took a threaded pass from Matt Beleskey from behind the net and shot into an open net at 4:41.

Ducks defenseman Clayton Stoner was scratched with a lower-body injury and is day-to-day, the team announced. Colby Robak played his first game since Dec. 19.

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