The statistic that told the story of the
The sour expressions worn by players and Coach
"When you get three hits after two periods when you're a team like we have, that's the troubling part," Boudreau said. "I'm pretty disappointed right now."
As well he should be. The Ducks took a 2-0 lead on a pair of goals by
"You score two quick goals and you think, 'OK, everything's going good,'" Boudreau said.
The Flames made him think again. Renowned for staging late comebacks, they tied it before the period ended on goals by
Stajan and Gaudreau each scored twice to lead the Flames, who won for the fourth time in five games and moved two points ahead of the Kings in the scramble for third place in the Pacific division and an automatic playoff berth.
"There's no reason why we should have one hit at the end of one period," Kesler said. "That's what that team can do when you give them an easy game."
Way too easy.
"It came down to will and want," said Boudreau, whose team has been outscored in the second period this season, 83-66. "They wanted to win battles and they won the battles on the boards and the one-on-one battles. And that's one thing, for the most part this year, we've taken pride in."
Getzlaf, who played his junior hockey here and was honored this year when a banner with his image was raised to the rafters, moved into second place on the franchise scoring list, with 670 points, with that first goal. But he took two penalties in the second period and the Flames converted both power plays for their fourth and fifth goals, aided by a
Gibson, who wasn't blamed by Boudreau, said he sensed the game slipping from the Ducks' grasp "right away. You could see it. They pushed and we weren't ready for it. I wasn't good enough. We had a lot of mistakes."
The Ducks trimmed Calgary's lead to 5-3 when Hampus Lindholm scored from the slot with 1:01 left in the second period but
"We played a great game in Vancouver the other night and didn't get the result," Getzlaf said of the Ducks' 2-1 loss Monday to the
He accepted blame for the Flames' power-play scores in the second. "You never want to be the guy sitting in that box when that happens," he said. "It kills momentum for our team and I've got to accept that. I let the guys down in that aspect, in taking those kind of penalties. It's not acceptable and I'll wear that for the next one."
The next one will be at Minnesota, which promises no relief because the
"Everybody thinks that oh yeah, we're in first place and that but it's within 10 points of the wild card and we've played more games than everybody else," Boudreau said. "So we've got to get our act in gear right now."