The Anaheim Ducks won their third straight game Tuesday but possible lost one of their stalwart players. At Honda Center, the home team bested the Calgary Flames 3-1 but saw defenseman Cam Fowler limp off the ice with a knee injury.
After falling behind 1-0 in the first period the Ducks rallied with second period goals by Patrick Eaves (his 31st score of the season) and Kevin Bieska (third).
The final tally came from Chris Wagner (fifth), improving the Ducks’ record to 44-23-13, worth 101 points and keeping them in first place in the NHL Pacific. It was the Ducks 25th straight win over the Flames in Anahem.
Fowler’s injury came in the third period when he was the recipient of a knee-to-knee strike by the Flames’ Mark Giordano. Two fights followed.
“You saw our reaction,” Bieksa said. “Obviously we weren’t happy with the hit. He’s one of our best players. Who knows the severity of the injury, but it looked like he was in a lot of pain. We weren’t happy with it. We responded the way we did.”
The Ducks are next in action on Thursday hosting the Chicago Blackhawks.
DANNY’S BLAST LIFTS THE ANGELS
The Halos, who earlier lost a 4-2 lead, got it all back and more on Espinosa’s one-out home run in the ninth. The victory squared the team’s record at 1-1 and the final two games of the series will be on Wednesday and Thursday. The Angels’ home opener is set for Friday against the Seattle Mariners.
Other hitting stars for the Halos were Martin Maldonado (two RBIs), Cameron Maybin (two hits) and Mike Trout (a triple). Matt Shoemaker had a good start, giving up two runs – both on homers – over five innings. He struck out four and walked three.
GROVE KEEPS ITS BASEBALL LEAD
The Garden Grove High baseball team continued its grip on first place in the Garden Grove League race with a 12-3 victory over Los Amigos at the Argo diamond.
Now at 6-1 in league, the Argonauts lead second place Santiago and La Quinta (4-2). Here are baseball and softball results for the Garden Grove-Huntington Beach-Westminster area from Tuesday.
Garden Grove League
- Garden Grove 12, Los Amigos 3
- Santiago 6, La Quinta 2
- Rancho Alamitos 13, Bolsa Grande 2
- La Quinta 12, Bolsa Grande 0
- Pacifica 5, Kennedy 0.