NHL Game Summary - Anaheim at Calgary
(Wednesday, February 8th)
Final Score: Calgary 3, Anaheim 1
Calgary, AB (Sports Network) - Miikka Kiprusoff made 31 saves to lead the Calgary Flames to a 3-1 victory over the Anaheim Mighty Ducks at Pengrowth Saddledome.
Matthew Lombardi, Daymond Langkow and Chris Simon all netted power-play goals for the Flames, who have won their last two games after dropping three consecutive contests.
Andy McDonald netted the only goal for the Mighty Ducks, who have lost two straight and three of their last four games. Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped 21 shots in the loss.
The Flames drew first blood 6:11 into the contest. While on the power play, Lombardi snapped a wrister from high in the right circle into the net for his fourth goal of the season.
However, the Ducks tied it up halfway through the opening stanza while also on a man advantage. Francois Beauchemin snapped a shot from the high slot that Kiprusoff made the save on. The rebound went to the left side and Teemu Selanne tried to bang it in, but the puck went to the right of the goal. McDonald picked it up and put it in the wide-open net for his 18th marker of the season.
Calgary wound up taking a 3-1 lead into the second intermission with two more power-play tallies.
Jarome Iginla had the puck at the right boards and fired it to Langkow at the top of the right circle. Langkow let rip with a slap shot that went into the right corner of the net 2:38 into the second stanza.
Towards the end of the middle session, Andrew Ference snapped a wrister from the high slot that Simon deflected in front with 3:22 left. It was his fifth goal of the season.
"I was in a perfect spot to deflect the shot and it went into the net," said Simon. "The power play is a big part of the game and we've been working on it and watching alot of video to improve it."
Anaheim had three power-play opportunities in the final period and outshot Calgary 8-4, but were unable to put any past Kiprusoff as the Flames gave the home crowd the victory.
Ducks defenseman Scott Niedermayer announced before the game that he has decided to withdraw from the upcoming Olympics and have arthroscopic knee surgery early next week. Niedermayer has been playing through a small cartilage tear in his right knee.
The Flames host the St. Louis Blues on Friday...Anaheim wraps up its four-game road trip Friday at Vancouver...McDonald extended his consecutive points streak to nine games. He has four goals and 11 assists during the run...Calgary is 19-5-3 at home...The Ducks dropped to 9-11-7 on the road...Calgary has won three straight and five of its last six at home against Anaheim...The Flames finished 3-for-5 on the power play...The Ducks scored once during their six man-advantages.
02/09 00:07:57 ET