The Calgary Flames got one point out of their visit to the Honda Center on Friday. But for the 12th time in a row, they couldn't get two.
It wasn't for lack of trying. But Jonas Hiller stopped 37 shots through overtime and two more in the shootout as the Anaheim Ducks blew a two-goal lead in the third period for the third game in a row but beat Calgary 3-2.
"The good part is we won tonight. The bad part is we had a two-goal lead and we gave it up again," Hiller said. "It shouldn't have happened. In the end, we'll be happy with the two points."
The Flames got third-period goals by Olli Jokinen and Jarome Iginla, but once again left without a victory. Calgary's lone win in its last 22 visits to Anaheim was a 5-1 victory on Jan. 19, 2004.
"Man for man, from our goalie right on out to our defense to our forwards, everyone played hard. That's the effort we needed to have," coach Brent Sutter said. "We had quality scoring chances. We took pucks to the net and everybody was engaged in the game right from the opening faceoff. We probably deserve better. But when you get to a shootout, anything can happen."
Lubomir Visnovsky and Dan Sexton scored for the Ducks, who had been shut out in their previous two home games by Detroit and Phoenix before splitting a pair of shootout decisions on the road. Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry scored in the shootout for the Ducks. Alex Tanguay beat Hiller in the first round for Anaheim, but Hiller stopped Rene Bourque's wrister after Perry's goal to give the Ducks the win.
Anaheim led 2-0 on Visnovsky's first-period goal and Dan Sexton's second of the season at 16:29 of the second. But for the third time in four nights, the Ducks couldn't hang on.
The Flames were 0-for-5 on the power play, but needed just 25 seconds to capitalize on their sixth chance when Jokinen's wrister from the right circle went past Hiller's glove 5:23 into the third period.
Iginla got the Flames even with 5:35 remaining in regulation by redirecting Mark Giordano's wrister from the top of the left circle past Hiller for his 13th goal. Calgary survived an Anaheim onslaught in the final 2:00 of regulation and got a break when Joffrey Lupul beat Henrik Karlsson with a slap shot from the high slot but drilled the right post. The Flames also killed off an Anaheim power play in OT.
"At times we looked like we were dog tired," coach Randy Carlyle said. "We didn't have very much jump. They did a good job early in the game of retrieving pucks and we didn't get much of a forecheck game going. We had pucks put in their zone, but we didn't really get a lot of puck recoveries and a lot of offensive zone time."
Visnovsky opened the scoring with a 40-foot slap shot that beat Karlsson high to the glove side at 12:46 of the first period. Sexton, just recalled from Syracuse of the AHL because of an injury to Aaron Voros, converted a short cross-ice pass from rookie Brandon McMillan to make it 2-0.
"I had to be prepared," Sexton said. "I tried to make my legs feel good and get a lot of liquids in me. Luckily I didn't play a lot of minutes, so when I was out there, I was able to be moving all right."
Material from team media and wire services was used in this report