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Flames hope to get back in series at Saddledome

by Aaron Vickers /

CALGARY -- The Calgary Flames hope a change in venue brings them a change of fortune.

After losing the first two games of the Western Conference Second Round series against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center, the Flames will be at Scotiabank Saddledome for Game 3 on Tuesday (9:30 p.m. ET; USA, SN, TVA Sports) looking for their first win of the series.

"It was long four days away and I think there is a lot of excitement with our fans to come play in our own building," Calgary forward David Jones said Monday. "Playing here [in Calgary] is unbelievable, we've got the best fans so we are all looking forward to being home. Just being in that building helps bring everyone's level up another degree."

Getting away from Anaheim should also help. The Ducks have won 21 straight games against the Flames on home ice, dating to April 27, 2006.

The Flames have won three straight on home ice in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, each against the Vancouver Canucks in the first round.

Defenseman Kris Russell hopes playing on home ice can turn the series back in Calgary's favor.

"We've played well at home, so we are very confident in our game when we come to the Saddledome," Russell said. "We've got great fans that support us well. Playing in front of our fans and the atmosphere we have and the support they give us, provides us with that added boost. At the same time, [the Ducks] are going to be coming with their best effort, so we've got to make sure we are prepared."

In sweeping the Winnipeg Jets in the first round, Anaheim went into MTS Centre in Winnipeg with a 2-0 lead and was able to close out the series in four games.

"It's going to be a hostile environment," said Anaheim forward Corey Perry, who has a playoff-leading 13 points in six games. "It's going to be loud. It's going to be crazy. The fans are going to be nuts. We know what we have to do. We have to play a boring road game and try to get ready."

After a lopsided 6-1 loss in Anaheim in Game 1, the Flames saw signs of improvement in Game 2, but couldn't solve Ducks goaltender Frederik Andersen in the 3-0 loss Sunday, and have one goal on 54 shots in the series.

Andersen became the sixth goaltender in Ducks history to earn a shutout in the postseason and improved to 6-0 in the playoffs with a 1.64 goals-against average and .942 save percentage.

"It's important for us now that we've lost the first two games," Jones said. "We've got to come out and play like we did in the third period last game and see what happens. He's been playing tremendously, their goalie. We've got to do a good job getting to the net and try to get some by him.

"We'll all be ready to go [Tuesday] in front of our home crowd."

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