Originally posted on On the Duck Pond  |  Last updated 1/22/13
So far, so good for the Ducks, who have won their first two games of the season.  That both games were on the road bodes even better for Anaheim.  After a 7-3 victory in Vancouver, the Ducks followed it up with a 5-4 win over the Calgary Flames.   While the game started off well, the Ducks need to learn how to maintain momentum and keep playing hard for the full 60 minutes.  Stop me if you have heard that before in prior seasons. The Ducks started off strong with Ryan Getzlaf getting his first of the year by tipping in Toni Lydman's shot at 1:06 of the first period.   The third line of Daniel Winnik, Saku Koivu and Andrew Cogliano continued to impress with Koivu making it 2-0 at 7:23.  Winnik got his third of the year at 10:53 and it appeared as if the game would be a blow out. Not so fast..... The Flames, who were trounced upon in the home opener the day before against the Sharks, were not about to roll over and play dead.   Curtis Glencross got a power play goal at 16:54 and more importantly got his team back in the game.  Alex Tanguay pulled the Flames within one goal at 19:36 after the Ducks erred. A late first period penalty by the Ducks gave Calgary a clean sheet of ice for their power play to start the second.  Glencross did it again at 1:13 and the game was tied. Jonas Hiller, who did not have to be spectacular against Vancouver, had to really earn his keep against Calgary.   He made 21 saves in the game, 13 of them coming in the middle frame.  "I thought our second period was god awful so it couldn't get any worse," said coach Bruce Boudreau. " By the time the third period rolled around, the Ducks had sufficiently recovered their senses and found their game again. Winnik continued his two goals per game pace by putting the Ducks ahead at 4:02.  The puck deflected off his foot and into the net, and was deemed "not a kicking motion" after a brief review. For a guy who only scored eight goals last year, he is halfway there this year.    Anaheim is certainly getting more than they could have hoped for in this free agent acquisition. Unlike Saturday night, the Ducks power play was non-existent against Calgary.  But they still managed to get the job done.  Getzlaf got his second goal of the night and the eventual game winner at 11:15, giving the Ducks a 5-3 lead.  They needed that insurance marker. A breakaway by Lee Stempniak, his second breakaway of the game, was successful this time and brought the Flames back within one goal at 14:04.  Despite their best attempts and vacating Miikka Kiprusoff from net in the final minute of the game, the Ducks were able to hang on for the victory. "We want to be known as a third-period team," Boudreau said.  "That's how you gain reputations. I thought we outplayed Vancouver in the third period last game and I thought we outplayed Calgary in the third period this game. It's something you build on and you gain confidence at. If you can keep doing that, it'll be pretty good.  I'm real happy the way we bounced back." Anaheim now gets to go home and they have another date with Vancouver on Friday evening at the Honda Center.    Hopefully they will stay dominant throughout the game, no bouncing back required. In other notes:  Cam Fowler was back in the line up after a bout with the flu kept him out of the opening game.   With 22:05 on ice, the most of any Duck player, he is clearly 100% healthy.   Viktor Fasth backed up Jonas Hiller, as expected, after being recalled from Norfolk.    
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Patriots waive Montee Ball despite never officially re-signing running back

Chicago White Sox: Impact of Mat Latos signing

Clippers suspend Blake Griffin four games

St. Louis mayor says city is moving on from NFL

Report: Hawks could entertain trading core players at deadline

Arthur Blank diagnosed with prostate cancer

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Browns deny coverup of Manziel showing up drunk at practice

Jimmy Butler will miss 3-4 weeks with knee strain

Phil Jackson justifies firing Fisher with psychology lesson

Emmitt Smith takes shot at Colin Kaepernick

Eli Manning explains why he made face during Super Bowl

Report: Kings to keep coach George Karl

Oakland Raiders release Nate Allen

B.J. Penn announces he will return at UFC 197

Bring back the Dunk Contest

Michael Jordan’s rep comments on the crying meme

10 NBA teams that could be active at the trade deadline

‘The X-Files’ takes a shot at the Philadelphia 76ers

Ranking the top 50 NFL players slated to become free agents

Jay Williams advocates for pot as painkiller for athletes

Photographer uninjured in SB collision with Corey Brown

Did Messi outbid Ronaldo for most expensive car?

Newton erotic novella ‘Dabbin’ with Cam’ released on Amazon

In Inglewood, representation by NFL may come with taxation

Mets will be present for two Royals’ WS ceremonies

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Report: Kings to keep coach George Karl

Was Alain Vigneault right about NHL's lack of punishment towards Wayne Simmonds?

Report: Knicks fire coach Derek Fisher

The best and worst commercials from Super Bowl 50

Best and worst from Super Bowl 50

Six best plays from Super Bowl 50

Eli doesn't look thrilled as Peyton wins Super Bowl

Did Beyonce almost fall down during Super Bowl halftime show?

Curry to serve as drummer for Panthers

Report: Marshawn Lynch plans to retire

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker