Published January 08, 2015
Calgary, AB (SportsNetwork.com) - Sean Monahan scored the game-winning goal in the shootout as the Calgary Flames battled back to beat the Anaheim Ducks 4-3 on Tuesday.
Held to seven shots through 40 minutes, the Flames continued their third- period dominance this season by scoring three goals, the last two by Dennis Wideman, to go up 3-2.
The Ducks tied it on a power-play goal by Kyle Palmieri, then killed a penalty to force overtime. The Flames had another man advantage for the last 19.6 seconds of the extra session.
Monahan scored to open the third round of the tiebreaker, and Corey Perry misfired on the Ducks' final opportunity.
Jiri Hudler had the other third-period goal for the Flames, who have started a five-game homestand with three consecutive wins and improved to 7-2-0 in their last nine games overall.
Jonas Hiller made 24 saves in his first start against the Ducks, the team with whom he spent his first seven seasons.
Sami Vatanen had a goal with two assists, and Frederik Andersen stopped 16 shots in Anaheim's third straight loss. Six of the Ducks' last seven games have gone beyond regulation, with the team going 1-1-5.
"We beat ourselves," Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau said.
Hudler started the comeback at 3:25 of the third, then Wideman tied it at 2-2 off a turnover.
"When we scored that first goal that's where the game changed around and we took control of the third period," Flames head coach Bob Hartley said.
Vatanen couldn't connect with Bryan Allen on a cross-ice pass in the Anaheim zone. Markus Granlund collected the puck and set up Wideman for a one-timer from the right point at 9:03.
The Flames moved ahead when Johnny Gaudreau knocked Vatanen off the puck and dished to Wideman, whose knuckling shot from the top of right circle beat Andersen with 6:17 remaining.
Anaheim got a power play chance about a minute later and Palmieri flipped the puck over Hiller from down low with 4:55 left.
Despite the Ducks goal, Calgary has still outscored opponents 27-12 in the third period this season.
Vatanen opened the scoring at 15:54 of the first period, delaying as a Flames player went down to block the shot and then firing a wrister from the top of the right circle through the pads of Hiller.
The Ducks grabbed a 2-0 lead when Matt Beleskey deflected Hampus Lindholm's point shot on a power play at 12:29 of the second period.
The home team has won 10 of the last 12 meetings ... Calgary defenseman Mark Giordano had his point streak snapped at nine games.