Published January 22, 2015
Anaheim, CA – Anaheim, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Ben Lovejoy tallied a goal and an assist as the Anaheim Ducks cruised into the All-Star break with a 6-3 victory against the Calgary Flames.
Tim Jackman, Pat Maroon, Kyle Palmieri, Ryan Kesler and Ryan Getzlaf all lit the lamp and Frederik Andersen made 30 saves for the Ducks, who have won five straight games.
"Tonight was a night we really wanted," said Lovejoy. "We wanted to have a happy four days (off)."
Sean Monahan scored for the fourth game in a row, while Joe Colborne and Mikael Backlund also lit the lamp for the Flames, who had their four-game winning streak come to an end.
Jonas Hiller stopped 13-of-14 shots in relief of Joni Ortio, who allowed four goals on 11 shots.
"We were just not getting the breaks today," Ortio said. "We had some good chances, an open net and it just wasn't going our way tonight."
Anaheim extended its home winning streak to 20 games against Calgary. The Flames were last victorious at Honda Center on Jan. 19, 2004.
The Ducks seized control early with a three-goal first period.
Matt Beleskey emerged from behind the net and slipped a pass through the crease to Palmieri, who wristed the shot past Ortio 4:41 into the game.
Maroon deflected Lovejoy's shot into the net with 5:01 to play in the first period and Lovejoy's wrister from the top of the right circle off a faceoff win made it a 3-0 game just over two minutes later.
Jackman gave the Ducks a 4-0 advantage midway through the second with a wrist shot over the glove of Ortio, chasing the Calgary netminder from the game.
The Flames, however, cut the deficit to two heading into the final stanza. Backlund deposited a loose puck into the net at 11;13 and Monahan finished off a smooth tic-tac-toe passing play with a quick shot from the slot with 48 seconds left in the second.
Less than eight minutes into the third, Palmieri had a power-play goal waved off after it was ruled that he pushed Hiller's pad into the net.
Getzlaf made it a 5-2 game after he took Corey Perry's backhanded pass and beat Hiller's glove with a snap shot with 10:16 remaining.
Colborne responded just 58 seconds later after he batted a loose puck past Andersen to make it a two-goal game once again.
Kesler scored on an empty net with 19 seconds left to account for the final score.
The Ducks are now 23-0-6 this season when leading after the first period ... Anaheim improved to 11-2-0 over their last 13 games at Honda Center ... The Flames entered the contest with five straight road wins ... Nate Thompson and Perry each had two assists for the Ducks ... The two teams will meet again on Feb. 20 in Calgary.