Frederik Andersen said he won't accept an NHL All-Star invitation even if needed as an injury replacement.
The Ducks goalie stamped his worthiness for the game, however, braving flu symptoms Wednesday night to claim his 26th win of the season in the Ducks' 6-3 victory over the Calgary Flames.
The win was the 20th consecutive by the Ducks over the Flames at Honda Center, a streak dating to 2004.
Anaheim (31-10-6) also takes the NHL's most points and a five-game winning streak into a four-day break for everyone but center Ryan Getzlaf, who scored his 15th goal 9 minutes 44 seconds into the third period on his way to All-Star festivities in Columbus, Ohio.
The host Blue Jackets watched goalie Sergei Bobrovsky leave Wednesday's game early with what appeared to be a groin injury that would put Andersen — ranked No.2 in the league in wins — in play as his replacement.
“I'm going to stay here and get healthy again,” Andersen said after a 30-save showing.
“It was a little bit of a battle, but everyone in this room battled for me too, so … I wanted to pay them back.”
The Ducks swear they have no good explanation for their dominance over the Flames at Honda Center, but they scored three first-period goals to seize control again.
Calgary rookie goalie Joni Ortio, 23, was put back in goal for a fifth straight game after getting recalled for injured Karri Ramo and winning Jan. 10 in Vancouver with a 36-save shutout. He stayed in for three more wins, including a 33-save effort against the Kings at Staples Center on Monday.
Just 4:41 into the game, Ducks forward Kyle Palmieri took a pass sliced through traffic from behind the net by Matt Beleskey and beat Ortio to his right.
Ducks defenseman Ben Lovejoy then launched two blue-line shots that were deflected past Ortio.
First, forward Patrick Maroon touched the puck as it whizzed by Ortio. Then, 2:05 later, Calgary defenseman Kris Russell got in the way of a Lovejoy blast that went to the net and right by the perplexed goalie.
“We wanted to rise to the occasion, have a happy four days,” Lovejoy said. “We brought a lot of energy.”
Led by center Nate Thompson, who finished with two assists and won eight of 12 faceoffs, the Ducks killed all three penalties they committed.
Former Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller replaced Ortio after ex-Calgary forward Tim Jackman gave the Ducks a 4-0 lead 9:37 into the second.
“I remember having a tough time in this barn. It's a tough building to play in,” Jackman said. “It's nice to be on the winning side now.”
The Flames (25-19-3) rallied to within 4-2 on goals by Mikael Backlund and Sean Monahan, setting the stage to test Anaheim in the third because Calgary had outscored opponents, 55-30, in the period.
Andersen called Getzlaf's goal “the nail in the coffin,” and even though a Calgary goal followed 58 seconds later, Andersen preserved the lead until Ryan Kesler scored into an empty net. Andersen did so after nearly missing the start of the third period while receiving intravenous treatment.
“I don't think people realize how amazing he was,” Coach Bruce Boudreau said of Andersen. “He battled, wanted to stay in the game. With a competitor who wants to stay in so bad, you let him stay.”