Flames rout suddenly struggling Ducks

Aaron Vickers  - Correspondent | Thursday, 03.13.2014 / 2:08 AM

CALGARY -- The Anaheim Ducks learned the hard way that the Calgary Flames still feel they have plenty to play for.

Calgary scored three times on its first five shots and rolled to a 7-2 victory against the Pacific Division-leading Ducks on Tuesday night. The rebuilding Flames, 13th in the Western Conference and 26th in the overall standings, snapped a two-game losing skid and extended their recent improvement on home ice; Calgary has won seven of its past 10 at Scotiabank Saddledome.

"We have a bunch of kids with us and they were with us at training camp," Calgary coach Bob Hartley said. "The core of our group, the leadership group, the veterans, are simple guys. This is a special group. The only sad part of our season is we're not where we'd like to be in the standings, but this is a great group of guys. Sitting where we're at, it's tough to give them credit, but I live with them day after day and I'm not scared to give them credit because they deserve it."

The Ducks (43-16-7) appeared to be in control of its own fate in their quest for the franchise's first Presidents' Trophy before a four-game losing streak in March that has allowed the St. Louis Blues to pass them. In addition, the Ducks' once-safe division lead over the San Jose Sharks has shrunk to two points.

"There's not much to say. We played like [garbage]," Anaheim forward Andrew Cogliano said. "I think every guy in the room should be completely embarrassed about how they played tonight. Every single person. To start a road trip, one of the biggest road trips and have a division rival chasing you down and have a ton on the line, it's [ridiculous] how we played tonight.

"You pretty much have to look in the mirror and I know it's cliche but if you really don't, this is going to get bad in a hurry because it's not right. We have guys in this room that know how to play. We did it all year. We've been first place for a long time, we have guys that are Olympic champions, we have guys that have been there before and won Stanley Cups and young guys that have been in the organization that have played great hockey this year so to just have this stretch and you know what, we wanted to start this road trip off right. To do this is not right."

Calgary (26-33-7) wasted little time extending Anaheim's struggles by getting to Jonas Hiller early.

Mark Giordano stepped into a slap shot from the point that clipped the stick of Anaheim forward Kyle Palmieri and deflected up over Hiller's glove 3:39 after the opening puck drop. It was Giordano's 11th goal, matching the career high he set in 2009-10, and came on Calgary's first shot of the game.

Hiller denied Mikael Backlund's shorthanded 2-on-1 chance on the Flames' second shot but wasn't as fortunate on the third, a TJ Galiardi's tap-in on a pass from Paul Byron's 3-on-1 setup while Calgary was still down a man to extend the lead to 2-0 at 7:10.

Mike Cammalleri's power-play goal at 11:28 made it 3-0 and sent Hiller to the bench in favor of rookie Frederik Andersen. He didn't fare any better.

With Byron driving to the net, Backlund centered a pass that redirected off Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin and over Andersen's pad to extend Calgary's lead to four with 6:32 remaining in the period.

The Flames' first four-goal period of the season was met with a standing ovation from those in attendance as the team departed down the tunnel for the first intermission.

"It's an entertaining thing we do, so we want to try and entertain people," Backlund said. "We're going to play like it's the playoff all the way through here and not sit back, not think about the draft."

The cheers resumed when Backlund added a second shorthanded goal, his 15th goal of the season, 1:31 into the second period. He snapped a shot through Andersen's legs to put the Flames up 5-0. Calgary leads the NHL with 11 shorthanded goals.

Cogliano got the Ducks on the board at 11:30, taking a pass off the stick of Jakob Silfverberg from below the goal line and beating Joni Ortio.

But with 1:11 remaining in the period, defenseman Ladislav Smid made it 6-1 with his first goal as a member of the Flames. Byron's attempt to drive to the net was denied by Andersen, but he corralled the rebound and spotted Smid alone in the slot. The veteran defenseman found the back of the net for his second of the season and first since Oct. 22nd, a span of 55 games.

"I thought we handled it pretty well, considering that we had a four-goal lead," Smid said. "Sometimes, that can be dangerous."

Nick Bonino beat Ortio to the blocker side at 7:45 of the third, but rookie Corban Knight scored his first NHL goal with 1:53 remaining to give the sellout crowd one more thing to cheer about/

"It was the seventh goal but, for me, it felt like an overtime winner with how I felt after that," Knight said. "It's definitely something I'll never forget. It's pretty special." ​

Scoring Summary
1st Period
03:39CGY Mark Giordano (11) ASST: TJ Brodie (18) 1 - 0 CGY
07:10CGY SHG - TJ Galiardi (3) ASST: Paul Byron (11), TJ Brodie (19) 2 - 0 CGY
11:28CGY PPG - Michael Cammalleri (17) ASST: Mikael Backlund (17), Mark Giordano (26) 3 - 0 CGY
13:28CGY Mikael Backlund (15) ASST: Lance Bouma (8), Joni Ortio (2) 4 - 0 CGY
2nd Period
01:31CGY SHG - Mikael Backlund (16) ASST: Kris Russell (18) 5 - 0 CGY
11:30ANA Andrew Cogliano (20) ASST: Jakob Silfverberg (10), Francois Beauchemin (11) 5 - 1 CGY
18:49CGY Ladislav Smid (2) ASST: Paul Byron (12), Lance Bouma (9) 6 - 1 CGY
3rd Period
07:45ANA Nick Bonino (17) ASST: Cam Fowler (28), Luca Sbisa (3) 6 - 2 CGY
18:03CGY Corban Knight (1) ASST: Kevin Westgarth (2), Ben Hanowski (2) 7 - 2 CGY
Three Stars of the Game
Mikael Backlund
Mikael Backlund
G: 2Shots: 4
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 19:58
Ladislav Smid
Ladislav Smid
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 7
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 19:06
Paul Byron
Paul Byron
G: 0Shots: 2
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 16:30
Penalty Summary
1st Period
05:56CGY Kevin Westgarth  Hooking against  Francois Beauchemin
10:51ANA Hampus Lindholm  Hooking against  Paul Byron
14:22CGY Brian McGrattan  Fighting (maj) against  Bryan Allen
14:22ANA Bryan Allen  Fighting (maj) against  Brian McGrattan
19:50CGY Chris Butler  Holding the stick against  Ryan Getzlaf
2nd Period
02:37ANA Kyle Palmieri  Hooking against  Joe Colborne
3rd Period
09:01ANA Mark Fistric  Holding the stick against  Sean Monahan
10:01ANA Francois Beauchemin  Slashing against  Mikael Backlund
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/21/4
Faceoff Wins3328
Blocked Shots1515
Penalty Minutes139
4C. FowlerD0100022:56
5L. SbisaD0100021:31
7A. CoglianoL1013015:54
8T. SelanneR00-10013:41
10C. PerryR00-21017:35
11S. KoivuC0010016:30
13N. BoninoC1011014:12
15R. GetzlafC00-45019:23
18T. JackmanR00-2109:57
21K. PalmieriR00-11212:57
22M. PerreaultC00-30012:28
23F. BeaucheminD01-31219:53
28M. FistricD00-11217:27
33J. SilfverbergR0103015:11
34D. WinnikL00-22013:05
47H. LindholmD00-21218:15
55B. AllenD00-11517:08
62P. MaroonL00-11015:48
1J. Hiller25.40011:28
31F. Andersen1620.80048:04
3L. SmidD1021019:06
4K. RussellD0101021:28
5M. GiordanoD1123022:06
7T. BrodieD0230022:09
8J. ColborneC0001016:30
10C. KnightC101109:39
11M. BacklundC2134019:58
13M. CammalleriL1003020:46
15K. WestgarthR0110210:22
16B. McGrattanR00-10510:32
17L. BoumaC0232017:34
20C. GlencrossL00-11012:58
23S. MonahanC0001018:37
32P. ByronL0232016:30
39T. GaliardiL1001014:16
44C. ButlerD0012223:13
56T. WotherspoonD0000012:06
58B. HanowskiR011208:45
37J. Ortio2022.90959:25