The Anaheim Ducks defeated the Calgary Flames 5-2 Sunday night, continuing their rampage that began right before the All-Star Break. Ryan Kesler led the Ducks with two goals and an assist which earned him First Star honors. Patrick Maroon, Ryan Getzlaf, and Kevin Bieksa contributed goals of their own. The Ducks scored 3 goals in the 3rd period, their 4th straight game in which they scored 3 goals in one period. The Ducks also outshot the Flames 33-24. The Calgary goals were scored by Mark Giordano and Mikael Backlund.
The Ducks got another strong effort from John Gibson, who returned to the net after a few games off due to an injury sustained in the 4-3 win over the Blackhawks on Valentine’s Day. Gibson had 22 saves against 24 shots. The opposing goalie, former Duck Jonas Hiller, stopped 28 of 33 shots. The win was Gibson’s 14th of the season.
Since the All-Star Break, the Ducks are 9-1-1, with 6 of those 9 wins coming on their most recent road trip. The Ducks now find themselves 2 points out of 1st place in the Pacific Division with 70 points. The game against Calgary was the first of a 5-game homestand. This was the Flames’ 22nd straight loss in Anaheim, a losing streak dating back to January 2004. The Ducks take two days off and play the Sabers on Wednesday night, then follow it up with a Friday night game against the Oilers, which has all the makings of a trap game. The next game after the Oilers game is against the Kings in a game which will likely decide 1st place in the Pacific Division.