CALGARY -- Rookie Johnny Gaudreau joined impressive company and helped the Calgary Flames continue their rallying ways on Wednesday.
Gaudreau scored twice as part of five unanswered goals to help the Flames to a 6-3 win against the Anaheim Ducks at Scotiabank Saddledome.
The goals, his 17th and 18th of the season, moved Gaudreau to 50 points to become the first Flames first-year player to do so since Jarome Iginla in 1996-97. Iginla, now with the Colorado Avalanche, remains Calgary's leader in games played (1219), goals (525) and points (1095).
"It's pretty special for me to be part of something like that," Gaudreau said. "Jarome Iginla, I grew up watching him. He's been so successful. It's exciting to be a part of something like that. It's exciting. I always dreamed about playing in the NHL. I'm pretty fortunately to be playing with (Jiri Hudler) and (Sean Monahan), who have really helped me out here all season long. It's pretty exciting for me."
Matt Stajan had two goals and Monahan and Hudler scored for the Flames (37-25-5), who opened a two-game set at home by winning their 18th game when the opposition scores first. The Nashville Predators have more wins when giving up the first lead (19).
Ryan Getzlaf scored twice in the first 2:51 and Hampus Lindholm scored for the Ducks (42-20-7), who have lost three consecutive games.
"I think they're all critical [games] right now," Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau said. "Everybody thinks that, 'Oh yeah, we're in first place' and that, but I mean it's within 10 points of the wild card and we've played more games than everybody else, so we've got to get our act in gear right now."
Trailing by two goals early thanks to Getzlaf, the Flames rallied for five straight goals kick-started by Kris Russell.
Pinching in at the point, Russell fed Stajan in front of the net. John Gibson stopped the initial shot and a rebound attempt from David Jones, but the Ducks goaltender kicked the second rebound back to Stajan before the latter converted on his second attempt to cut the lead to 2-1 at 10:32.
Gaudreau had a goal waved off 39 seconds later but scored at 15:25 thanks in part again to Russell, who pinched to keep the play alive in Anaheim's end and found Josh Jooris, who fed Gaudreau for a backhand that went off each post before it trickled over the line to tie the game 2-2 heading into the first intermission.
"I think we try to [pinch] as a unit," Russell said. "Sometimes it's a little easier. Sometimes you get some good bounces, sometimes you don't. I was fortunate on both of them. The guy kind of fanned on the one and I just barely beat the other guy to the second one. I heard our forwards behind us and when we have that kind of support we know that we're comfortable staying and pinching on those plays."
Stajan scored his second and fourth in as many games after chipping a Michael Ferland pass over Gibson at 7:28. At 8:53, Monahan scored his 25th of the season with Getzlaf in the penalty box for roughing.
The goal marked Calgary's third consecutive game of scoring four or more unanswered goals for the first time since Feb. 26-March 3, 2000.
Gaudreau scored on the power play at 13:59 after another penalty on Getzlaf, working a give-and-go with Dennis Wideman before beating Gibson.
"Everyone's stepping up here, whether it's a defenseman or a forward, first line or fourth line," Gaudreau said. "It's great to see that too when we're coming down the playoff stretch here. It's going to help us in the long run."
Lindholm ended the Flames' run with 1:01 remaining in the second, intercepting a clearing attempt from Raphael Diaz and sending a shot over the glove of Calgary goaltender Karri Ramo to cut the lead to 5-3.
Hudler scored his 24th of the season with 4:43 remaining to give Calgary a three-goal lead.
"It's not the way we obviously want to start the game, especially a team like that," said Russell, who finished with three assists. "They have a lot of skilled players and are a puck possession team. When they get a lead they're tough to play against. I thought we did a good job of creating offense, skating the puck and winning a lot of battles."
Getzlaf's goals to open the game were the fastest by one player from the start of the game in Ducks history. Getzlaf moved past Paul Kariya into sole possession of second on their all-time scoring list with 670 points. Teemu Selanne owns the record with 988 points.