CALGARY - Jarome Iginla may have scored the game winner, it was an earlier goal by Kristian Huselius that essentially killed the Anaheim Ducks.
With the Flames trailing by a goal in the second period, Huselius stole the puck from defenceman Scott Niedermayer behind the Anaheim net and snapped a shot to the top corner past Ducks goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere. That goal, coupled with two from Iginla, gave the Calgary Flamesa 5-3 win over the Ducks on Saturday.
"It's the tying goal but it's also a big momentum goal," said Iginla, who praised Huselius for his play. "He was on fire again tonight."
Huselius chalked his timely goal up to bad luck for Giguere.
"It was just a bad bounce for him," Huselius said. "I don't think he saw me. It was just nice for me to get it and see it go in as well."
Niedermayer, playing in just his sixth game of the season, admitted that the play turned the momentum in favour of the Flames.
"It was a little bouncy there," said the perennial all-star defenceman. "I've just got to make a smarter, simpler play. I took a bit of a chance turning back and the puck jumped up."
Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle placed some of the blame on Giguere for not getting into position after Huselius stole the puck from Niedermayer.
"Our goaltender was on the other side of the net when I thought he should have been on the near post," said Carlyle, who wasn't happy with his team for taking six straight penalties afterwards. "We gave them far too many opportunities. You can't continually kill penalties in the third period and expect to win the hockey game."
Iginla's game-winning goal at 16:34 of the third came with Anaheim defenceman Matthieu Schneider in the penalty box for cross-checking. The Calgary captain's slap shot from the point went off of Chris Pronger's chest and into the net behind Giguere.
"When they get momentum and go wave after wave at you, they're bound to get a goal," Pronger said.
Kristian Huselius added an empty netter and had an assist, Dustin Boyd scored once while Craig Conroy had three assists for the Flames (18-14-7), who were winless in their last three games on home ice. They had two overtime losses and a shootout loss over that stretch.
Todd Bertuzzi, George Parros and Scott Niedermayer scored for the Ducks (19-16-5), whose four-game winning streak came to an end.
The Flames took an early 1-0 lead at 1:42 of the first period when Boyd gained control of the puck in the slot before he turned and fired a shot past Giguere.
Five minutes later the Ducks tied the game when Bertuzzi converted a pass from Ryan Getzlaf during an Anaheim power play. Late in the first, Bobby Ryan fanned on a shot from the slot but the puck went right to Parros who was situated at the side of the net. Parros quickly snapped a shot past Calgary goalie Miikka Kiprusoff to give the Ducks a one-goal lead.
With Chris Kunitz providing a screen in front during an early second-period power play, Scott Niedermayer's point shot found its way past Kiprusoff to give the Ducks a 3-1 lead.
After a lacklustre start to the middle frame, the Flames charged back. First, Iginla took a cross-ice pass from Conroy and roofed a shot past Giguere before Huselius scored to tie the contest.
Notes: The Ducks record fell to 4-1-1 since the return of Scott Niedermayer to the lineup. For Parros, it was just his fourth goal in 126 career NHL games and first in 39 games since last scoring against the Chicago Blackhawks on March 28, 2007. Eric Nystrom had an assist on Boyd's goal to break a 17-game pointless streak.