The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Ducks

Friday, 02.03.2012 / 8:18 PM / Calgary Flames Budweiser Game Day
By Torie Peterson  - CalgaryFlames.com (@toriepeterson)

IRVING IN NET

With Miikka Kiprusoff playing the first game in a back-to-back set, the Flames went with Leland Irving in net in Anaheim.

The rookie was outstanding against the Ducks. He faced 38 shots, stopping 35 of them, and held his team in the game until literally the last minute.

A HEATED OPENING FRAME

The Flames and Ducks not only traded goals in the first period - Curtis Glencross rattled off his 21st of the season while Bobby Ryan converted on a great feed from Teemu Selanne - they also traded haymakers.

Tom Kostopoulos dropped the gloves with Luca Sbisa at 6:17. The Ducks defenceman earned the decision after landing some hard shots but Kostopoulos held his own against a larger opponent.

Just over three minutes later, Jarome Iginla took on Francois Beauchemin. The two scrapped during the 2006 NHL playoffs with the Duck getting the better of the Flames captain.

This time, Iginla was well aware that Beauchemin is a lefty and easily took the fight after starting out with lefts and switching to rights after he got the upper hand.

Hits in the first period were 12-9 for the Flames.

MISSED ASSIGNMENT LEADS TO A GOAL

The Ducks barreled ahead in the second period after Corey Perry was left to what he pleased in front of the net.

Iginla barely got his stick on the NHL's reigning MVP and Perry had a wide open net to snap a Ryan Getzlaf pass into an open net. Irving had no chance on the play as he had to commit to a possible Getzlaf shot.

DISNEYLAND CURSE STICKS

The Flames losing streak in Anaheim was pushed to 15 games as Getzlaf scored with just 46 seconds remaining in regulation. 

WHAT THE WEST LOOKS LIKE

The Edmonton Oilers didn't do the Flames any favours on Friday night, falling 3-1 to the eighth place Dallas Stars. The boys from Texas now have 73 points - four points over the Flames who reside in 11th place.

Colorado and Los Angeles were idle on Friday but they stay pat in ninth and tenth place respectively with 70 points apiece.