Andersson scores in OT, Flames defeat Ducks
ANAHEIM — Rasmus Andersson scored after 2:24 of overtime to give the Calgary Flames a 3-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center on Friday.
Michael Stone and Brett Richie scored, and Jacob Markstrom made 21 saves for the Flames (16-12-7), who went 3-0-1 on a four-game road trip.
“They had some tired guys out there, and we managed to capitalize on that,” Andersson said. “Now we have a few days off and enjoy Christmas with friends and family. Then we’ll get back to it.”
Luke Dostal made 42 saves in his fifth consecutive start and Mason McTavish and Jacob Silberberg each scored on the power play for the Ducks (9-22-4), who have lost three straight games (0-2-1).
Dostal, who was recalled from San Diego on Dec. 10 from the American Hockey League, has held 163 of 176 shots (.926) in his last four games.
“He’s been super solid since joining our line-up,” Silfverberg said of Dostal. “I think it’s the start of a great career for him.”
Video: [email protected]: Andersson wins for Flames in overtime
Stone hit at 4:19 of the first period with a slap shot from above the left faceoff circle to give Calgary a 1-0 lead.
McTavish leveled it at 16:44 with a one-timer from the bottom of the right circle to make it 1-1, just 10 seconds into a 5-on-3 power play.
“I think we came out a bit slow,” McTavish said. “I’m not really sure why that was, but I owe it to him [the Flames]; They came out tough and competed. I think we turned it on more in the second half (first period) and got some power plays.”
The Flames compiled a franchise record for shot difference in the second half (23-1), including 9-0 in the first 10 minutes, but only scored one goal.
“It happens sometimes,” Ritchie said. “Hockey is a strange game. We’ve had a few that ran the other way.”
Ritchie made it 2-1 at 2:56. Anaheim tried to clear the puck over the boards, but it hit an official and stayed in the zone. Trevor Lewis took the puck and passed it to Ritchie, who hit with a backhand.
Silfverberg leveled it with a power play goal at 3:28 of the third period to be 2-2 when he scored on a right circle shot from a rush.
Video: [email protected]: Silfverberg connects the game with a PPG in 3rd place
Dostal made 12 saves in the third to help the Ducks reach overtime.
“He basically gave us a point,” said Silfverberg.
Anaheim killed four penalties, all in the second period. The Ducks have been 17-to-21 on penalties in their last four games.
“It’s unfair what we’re doing to this kid when we’re taking so many punishments,” Ducks said Troy Terry said by Dostal. “He’s been in there and has been kind of a backbone for us, but we have to stay out of the box.”
The Flames lost their last five games that went beyond regulations.
“We stuck with it, we found a way, it was nice to win a game in OT,” Andersson said. “It feels like it’s been a long time so it was nice to see one go in and now we’re going home.”
REMARKS: Calgary has won its last five games in Anaheim and nine of 11 after losing 29 straight games at the Honda Center. … Dostal is the first Ducks rookie to make at least 40 saves more than once. … McTavish has scored for the second straight game and has six points (two goals, four assists) in his last five games.