The coach was red-faced and visibly angered, and the captain spoke about "unacceptable" mental mistakes.
So was this a repeat of the
They watched a classic road game, a well-designed defensive effort evaporate in a litany of errors. Calgary erased a two-goal deficit in the third period, scored three goals in the final 20 minutes and emerged with a 4-3 shootout victory over the Ducks on Tuesday night, giving goalie
Ryan Kesler was the only Anaheim player to score against Hiller in the shootout. Rookie forward Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan scored in the shootout against
"We had total control of the game and then we do stupid stuff in the third period, get lazy," said Coach
"It doesn't take much to get the crowd back into it and the next thing you know it's 3-2 [
There was happiness down the hallway. The injury-ravaged, resurgent Flames were celebrating another comeback after mustering a mere seven shots on goal through the first 40 minutes. They mobbed Hiller on the ice after the Ducks'
"It felt great," said Hiller, who played his entire career with the Ducks before signing with the Flames as a free agent in July.
"Especially since it wasn't our best two periods. But we talked about in the second intermission and I thought we came out really strongly in the third.
"We had a chance to win it, got kind of a bad bounce on their third goal [by
The Ducks were not the first team to surrender a third-period lead to Calgary. The Flames are outscoring the opposition, 27-12, in the third, something Hiller attributes to the team's "character."
"We made some mental mistakes that were unacceptable," Getzlaf said. "Our line was minus-three. That' s not acceptable for us and we've got to be better."
The momentum started to tilt with consecutive Flames power plays on consecutive minors by Palmieri in the third period. Anaheim killed off the penalties but the crowd at the
Andersen had little work and then gave up three third-period goals in the span of five shots on goal.
"We made a couple of mistakes in the third and it seemed like every one of them ended up in the back of our net," defenseman Clatyon Stoner said.
Boudreau ripped the officiating in the third period and used the word "horrible," to describe the calls.