The Anaheim Ducks matched up against the Calgary Flames, and the Ducks overpowered the Flames from the drop of the puck. Before the game, the Ducks signed Ryan Getzlaf to an eight year, $66 million contract extension through the 2020-21 season. Getzlaf continued his good day and helped the Ducks defeat the Flames 4-0.
Once the puck dropped, the Ducks went on the offensive and started to attack the Flames’ zone. Only one minute and fifteen seconds into the game, the Ducks lit the lamp. Forward Daniel Winnik scored with the assist from Andrew Cogliano and Saku Koivu. Cogliano took the puck off the boards and centered it to Winnik for his sixth goal of the season.
During the first period, several players were falling and tripping on the ice. Bobby Ryan was trying to stop and turn when his skate slipped and he twisted his ankle. He hobbled off the ice with his injured leg in the air. In the same period, Brad Staubitz fell and was clipped in the face by Calgary’s Alex Tanguay’s skate. Bruce Boudreau said about the injuries “there are a few guys with bumps and bruises, that happens and we have been lucky that we haven’t had a serious injuries.”
At the end of the first period, the Flames outshot the Ducks ten to four. Even though the Ducks started fast, they fizzled and allowed Calgary to push the puck in and out of their zone. Luckily the Ducks defense was up to the task and denied the Flames on a power play during the period.
When the second period was underway the Ducks continued to chip away at the Flames defense. With 6:22 left in the period, Ryan came back from his ankle injury and scored on a wrist shot. Corey Perry and Getzlaf assisted on the goal and this was a milestone for Getzlaf. Not only was it the day he signed his 66 million dollar contract but he was also the third player in Duck history to score 500 points. The other Ducks to achieve this milestone were Teemu Selanne and Paul Kariya.
With only four minutes left in the period, the Ducks continued to widen their margin with a slap shot from Sheldon Souray for his fifth goal of the season. The slap shot was just inside the blue line and the assist came from Staubitz behind the net. Viktor Fasth continued his hot start with denying the Flames on every opportunity. Through the second period, he denied them on 22 shots. With Fasth and the offense clicking, the Ducks took a commanding 3-0 lead into the third period.
The third period started and both teams began to become extremely physical. The Flames and the Ducks were checking each other hard into the boards. Since the physicality was at an all-time high, Ben Lovejoy was penalized for interference. Fasth and the defense turned the Flames away on the power play. Again for the second time in the game, the Ducks killed the power play. Late in the period, Getzlaf sustained his great day with adding a goal with his assist. Getzlaf was set up on the weak side next to the goalie and the puck was deflected to his stick. With the deflection he poked it in to make the score 4-0.
In the last minutes of the game, the Flames tried to keep the puck in the Ducks zone to tighten the score but Fasth and the defense were unbelievable. The Ducks kept the shutout intact while lowering Fasth’s goals against average from 2.08 to 1.92. Fasth on the game, “I am glad I got the opportunity to start tonight. Every save is good and it’s about stopping the puck and that’s what you have to try to do.”
The next scheduled game for the Ducks is on March 10th, when they host the St. Louis Blues, who are in the hunt for a playoff spot.