After two games in two nights, the Calgary Flames have come out of Cali with three of a possible four points after dropping an OT decision against the Anaheim Ducks Wednesday night and shutting out the Los Angeles Kings Thursday night.
Anaheim outshot Calgary in all three periods and Scott Niedermayer notched two goals, including the OT game winner, to lead his Ducks to the win. The biggest issue of the game was that twice during regulation, Calgary gave up a one goal lead, both failing to increase on them and failing to protect them. Another part of the problem, which seems to be a recurring one, was the slew of penalties that the Flames took throughout the contest. Afterall, it’s kind of difficult to generate any decent offense if you’re finding yourself constantly shorthanded. Still, Calgary was able to stretch the contest to the extra period, gaining a point in their last visit to the Duck Pond of the season before boarding their flight to L.A.
Last night’s game against the Kings was all about Miikka Kiprusoff. The Finnisher was in top form last night as he robbed L.A. on all 36 shots they threw at him. The Flames were outshot all game yet again, but of the 20 shots they managed, two found the mark and two was all they needed to stone the Kings and collect two more points. Michael Cammalleri notched his 29th goal of the season on a powerplay against his former team and Rene Bourque sealed the deal with an empty-netter.
The Flames, now 32-18-5, will make their final stop of the year in Phoenix to face the Coyotes (25-26-5) on Saturday before heading home next week to host the Vancouver Canucks before heading back out on the road.