Lydman Goal Gives Ducks Second Straight OT Win

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Lydman OT Goal Lifts Ducks Over Flames, 5-4

Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Toni Lydman scored with 2:22 to play in overtime to lift the Anaheim Ducks to a 5-4 win over the Calgary Flames. After Bobby Ryan was stopped on a penalty shot, Ryan Getzlaf won a left circle faceoff by kicking the puck back to Lydman, who one-timed the puck past Henrik Karlsson for the win. The Western Conference playoff race remains tight, as Anaheim sits in the eighth spot with 85 points, while Calgary is in 10th with 84. Anaheim has 10 games remaining and Calgary has eight.

Getzlaf finished with one goal and three assists, Teemu Selanne had a goal and two assists, while Corey Perry added a goal and an assist for the Ducks, who have won three straight and five of six. Dan Ellis stopped 37 shots in the win. "There was no panic on the bench," Perry said. "We knew we were making some mistakes that were uncharacteristic of ourselves. When you do you give up four goals, you don't feel good about yourself. There was still a positive attitude on bench. We scored three quick ones in the first and we knew could come back."

Tom Kostopoulos had two goals and an assist for the Flames, who have lost four of their last five. Miikka Kiprusoff was tagged for three goals on five shots before being pulled for Karlsson, who stopped 26-of-28 shots. "There's not much to think about. You just go in and do your best, and try to take the next puck every time," Karlsson said. "Of course, it's a little bit tougher when you get thrown in like that. But you just do your best. I felt pretty confident right away. I don't know what to say, it's just really disappointing."

Anaheim scored just 1:18 into the contest on Getzlaf's 18th goal of the season, then made it a 2-0 game two minutes later, when Perry stuffed the puck into the net for a power-play marker. At the 5:49 mark of the first, Francois Beauchemin blasted a shot from the left point that beat Kiprusoff cleanly, chasing the goaltender from the net.

Calgary got one back with 1:08 to play in the first, when Matt Stajan passed from the left corner to the low left circle for a Kostopoulos one-timer. The Flames made it a 3-2 game 8:04 into the second, when a hard pass from Curtis Glencross at the right corner to the left side was directed in by Rene Bourque. A slap shot by Steve Staios at the left point was tipped in by Kostopoulos with 3:16 to play in the second, tying the game.

The Flames took a 4-3 lead 7:10 into the third on the power play, as a snap shot from the left circle by Jarome Iginla sailed past Ellis. Anaheim, though, tied the game on the power play with 2:01 to play in regulation, when Getzlaf's slap shot from the left point was redirected in by Selanne. Anaheim hits the road for three games, starting in Dallas on Wednesday...Calgary continues its four-game road trip in Los Angeles on Monday...Anaheim has won all three games against Calgary this season, two in overtime and one in a shootout...Anaheim was 2-for-3 on the power play while Calgary went 1-for-4.

For more information on tonight's game, be sure to read Anaheim Calling.

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Ducks Host Flames In Battle For Playoff Positioning

(Sports Network) - An important battle in the Western Conference playoff race is on tap tonight in Orange County, as the Anaheim Ducks host the Calgary Flames at the Honda Center. The Flames and Ducks both enter tonight's contest with 83 points, leaving the clubs one shy of Nashville and Chicago for the Western Conference's final two playoff spots. The Predators are in action today in Buffalo, while the Blackhawks are playing in Phoenix.

Anaheim has won both meetings with Calgary this season, although the Ducks and Flames played past regulation on both occasions. The Ducks, who have won six of eight overall in the series, recorded a 3-2 shootout win over the Flames in Anaheim on Dec. 10 and then notched a 5-4 overtime victory on Feb. 11 in Calgary. The Ducks have won two straight, four of five and seven of their last nine games. Anaheim picked up two key points against a division rival on Saturday, edging the host Los Angeles Kings in overtime.

Corey Perry scored on a devastating slap shot 1:32 into in OT, lifting the Ducks to the 2-1 decision at the Staples Center. The game-winner came after a Kings forward Anze Kopitar turned the puck over in the LA zone, falling to the ice near the boards. Cam Fowler picked it up for a cross-ice pass to Perry, who skated down the right side and uncorked a shot that hit Jonathan Quick's glove before finding the back of the net.

"We battled tonight and we have another one tomorrow, so it was a huge relief," said Ducks goaltender Ray Emery about the game-winner. Brandon McMillan scored Anaheim's only regulation goal in the first period, while Emery had 31 saves for the Ducks. Dan Ellis is expected to get the start in net for Anaheim tonight. The Ducks have won five of their last seven home games and are 22-12-2 as the host this season.

The Flames had lost three straight games -- all in regulation -- before snapping the skid Thursday night against visiting Colorado. Jarome Iginla scored two goals and Miikka Kiprusoff made 27 saves to lead Calgary to the 5-2 victory at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

Mark Giordano, Rene Bourque and Ales Kotalik also tallied for the Flames. "I really thought tonight we had a very complete game," said Calgary head coach Brent Sutter. Tonight marks the start of a four-game road trip for the Flames, who are just 15-15-5 as the visiting club this season.

For more information on tonight's game, be sure to read Anaheim Calling.

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