The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Ducks
Five key points from the Flames-Ducks tilt
TAKEAWAY ONE: Questionable call
Early in the first period, the Flames ran into penalty troubles and it cost them on the scoreboard. The first infraction came when Ales Kotalik was nabbed for hooking in his own end. The fans, like always, didn't appreciate the call but there was no argument from the Flames bench.
The second, coming 1:13 later, to Robyn Regehr did not go uncontested. The veteran blueliner was called for slashing along the boards and when the hand went up to indicate a penalty, the roars of disapproval doubled in volume. In replays, the play in question looked innocent, especially since the Flames were killing of a penalty, and Calgary's bench was none too pleased. Head coach Brent Sutter was irate and chatted for a few minutes with the officials but the call was upheld.
Bobby Ryan capitalized on the Flames tired penalty killers, scoring with just 10 seconds left in the Regehr minor.
TAKEAWAY TWO: Penalty killing momentum
Captain Jarome Iginla took a goaltender interference call 44 seconds into the second stanza but the Flames penalty killing units looked drastically different than they did in the opening period.
They did not allow a single shot on Miikka Kiprusoff, contained the Ducks to the outside and were able to quell any chances Anaheim had to set up shop in their own end.
That prowess seeped over into the five-on-five play. Shortly after the penalty had expired, the Flames were able gain the zone and create sustained pressure. Iginla and his linemate Alex Tanguay both had golden opportunities but either hit the crossbar or missed the net by millimeters.
TAKEAWAY THREE: Disallowed goal
After the Ducks had killed off two penalties, it looked like the Flames were able to take advantage of a tired Anaheim crew when Tim Jackman was able to whack away at an errant puck in from of Ray Emery. From the camera angles shown in the arena, it appeared it was a goal but the play underwent a lengthy review.
After several minutes and a plethora of looks, the war room in Toronto decided it was inconclusive and called no-goal on the play.
After the dust had settled and the Flames went to the locker room down 3-1 with 20:00 to play, the contested goal was reviewed by the TSN intermission panel and they were able to clearly show Ryan Getzlaf grab the puck and throw it under Emery's pads to hide it.
TAKEAWAY FOUR: The Iggy watch
Coming into Wednesday's game, Iginla was five points away from reaching 1000. The captain managed to whittle away at that against the Ducks.
Iginla potted his 37th of the year at 2:58 of the first period and then assisted on Mark Giordano's third period goal.
The winger is now just three points away from 1000.
TAKEAWAY FIVE: Where they sit now
With the regulation loss, the Flames are stuck in 10th with 87 points. The Dallas Stars also have 87 points but have three games in hand on Calgary.
Anaheim has moved into sixth in the West with 93 points. Nashville trails them with 92 points and Chicago sits in eighth with 90 points.