By Pete Zarustica
After losing two straight and falling out of first place in the NHL Pacific, the Anaheim Ducks bounced back on Sunday, defeating the Calgary Flames 4-3 on the road and reclaiming the top spot.
Anaheim is now at 43-23-13, worth 99 points, two ahead of Edmonton (44-25-9, 97 points).
The Ducks got off to a fast start, building a 2-0 lead on first quarter scores by Patrick Eaves and Jakob Silfverberg. The Flames bounced back with a pair of second period goals to knot the game at 2-2.
Then Anaheim retook the lead at 3-2 on Korbinian Holzer’s goal at 17:53 of the period. But the back-and-forth was not finished, as Calgary again tied it up early in the third. It remained for Logan Shaw to get what proved to be the game-winner for the Ducks at 16:54.
“These are tough games,” said Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle. “The momentum swings can change dramatically. We gave up power-play goals tonight that has usually been a strong suit for our group. The game got away from us in the second period with our lack of discipline. It was good to see us buckle down. We stayed with it and played more of a road game that is going to be required. We rolled four lines and got contributions from a bunch of different people. It’s nice to see the fourth line get rewarded tonight.”
The Ducks are back in action on Tuesday hosting the Calgary Flames in Anaheim.