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Scott Niedermayer scores twice to lead Ducks past Flames 3-2

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ANAHEIM, Calif. - Scott Niedermayer scored his second goal of the game 55 seconds into overtime, Brendan Morrison got the tying goal early in the third period, and the Anaheim Ducks rallied twice to beat the Calgary Flames 3-2 on Wednesday night.

The Ducks, playing for the first time since beating the Flames 2-1 on Saturday in Calgary, won the season series 3-1 for the second straight time. Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped 21 shots in his third straight start.

Curtis Glencross and Todd Bertuzzi scored for the Flames, who have lost eight straight in Anaheim - the longest active road losing streak by any team against a single opponent. Miikka Kiprusoff made 37 saves for the Flames, who have dropped five of six and four straight on the road following a 12-3-0 stretch.

Niedermayer, who scored on a power play at 10:30 of the second period, took off on a breakaway with about 14 minutes left in regulation and teammate George Parros serving a bench minor for too many men on the ice. Flames captain Jarome Iginla made a sensational diving poke check from behind, preventing Niedermayer's short-handed bid.

But the Anaheim captain ended the proceedings with a short backhander past Kiprusoff's glove after getting a lead pass from Todd Marchant in tight quarters. The goal came with the teams skating 3-on-3, following coincidental roughing penalties against Chris Kunitz and Calgary's Cory Sarich at the end of regulation.

It was Niedermayer's eighth goal this season and first winner. He has an NHL-record 11 overtime goals in the regular season - one more than Morrison, who is playing his first season with the Ducks.

Calgary's Rene Bourque fed the puck toward the slot while getting checked hard against the boards, and Glencross snapped the puck over Jean-Sebastien Giguere's glove at 14:17 of the second period for his ninth goal and a 2-1 lead.

But Anaheim tied it for the second time with 17:55 left in the third on a 15-foot wrist shot by Morrison, who notched his ninth goal after Ryan Getzlaf shook off a check by Matthew Lombardi at the left boards and made a drop pass to Morrison.

The Flames escaped the first period with a 1-0 lead despite getting outshot 12-4. Bertuzzi, who spent last season with the Ducks and had 14 goals for them, matched that total at 2:55 of the first period with a one-timer from 45 feet that beat Giguere to the stick side after Mark Giordano's attempted wrist shot glanced sideways off Rob Niedermayer's skate.

Scott Niedermayer tied it against the NHL's third-best penalty-killing unit, banging home a rebound while Flames defenceman Dion Phaneuf was off for hooking Bobby Ryan. The Ducks have scored at least once on the power play in 15 of their last 19 games.

Notes: Selanne, who surpassed former Ducks linemate Steve Rucchin's franchise record of 616 regular-season games played on Jan. 31, was presented with a framed pictorial collage by Rucchin during a pre-game ceremony. Rucchin helped lead Anaheim to the 2003 Stanley Cup finals with an overtime goal that closed out their first-round sweep of Detroit, and was named team captain the following season. ... Calgary C Craig Conroy played in his 900th NHL regular-season game. ... The Flames are 1-13-1 with three ties in their last 18 visits to Anaheim. The only other win was on Jan. 19, 2004, when Conroy's four assists helped goalie Roman Turek beat the Ducks 5-1. Iginla missed that game because of a sprained left ankle, so the Flames' captain hasn't played in a victory at Anaheim since Jan. 13, 1999. ... The last four times the Flames won a division title, they lost in the first round of the playoffs. The last time they finished first - and advanced past the opening round - was 1989, when they won their only Stanley Cup title. ... Anaheim C Samuel Pahlsson missed his fifth straight game with a viral infection. ... The Ducks' longest home winning streak against one opponent is 10 games against Phoenix, a stretch that ended in March 2007.

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