Ducks 4, Calgary Flames 2
Eight keys to the game:
THE FACTS: Corey Perry continued his red-hot pace, scoring two more goals Wednesday night at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary to lift the Ducks up another spot in the Western Conference standings.
THE STAT: Perry gave the Ducks a 2-1 lead during a first-period power play, deflecting Cam Fowler's slap shot into the net. Perry later scored into an empty net in the game’s final minute for his third two-goal game in the last four, extending his league-leading goal total to 46.
TURNING POINT: With just over five minutes remaining in the second period, the Flames appeared to tie the score when the puck bounced over the goal line as goalkeeper Ray Emery fell into the net during a scramble in the crease. The Calgary players immediately began to celebrate but the referee never signaled that a goal was scored. After a lengthy review, the call on the ice stood because replay officials in Toronto could not verify that the puck crossed the goal line. About three minutes later, Lubomir Visnovsky scored to give the Ducks a 3-1 lead.
HOT: Emery stopped 23 shots to improve to 6-0-0 since he was signed as a free agent in early February.
NOT: Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin had four of Anaheim’s 13 giveaways. He was also penalized for slashing Rene Bourque midway through the second period.
GOOD MOVE: After the Ducks fell behind, 1-0, Bobby Ryan knotted the score with a nifty move on a power play, circling from behind the net and stuffing the puck into the far side of the net.
BAD MOVE: Ducks defenseman Toni Lydman committed back-to-back third-period hooking penalties that gave the Flames some life. The first occurred when the Ducks were already a man down and gave Calgary a 5-on-3. Mark Giordano scored 13 seconds into the two-man advantage to cut the deficit to 3-2.
NOTABLE: Visnovsky’s goal was his 16thof the season, tying a 12-year-old club record for most goals by a defenseman. The Ducks moved into sixth place in the West and have a six-point lead over ninth-place Dallas with six games remaining.
UP NEXT: Saturday at San Jose, 7:30 p.m.