Ducks beat Flames 3-1, but lose Fowler to injury

Ducks beat Flames 3-1, but lose Fowler to injury

Kevin Bieksa ended his 47-game goal drought and Chris Wagner also scored as the Ducks recorded their 25th consecutive home regular-season victory over the Flames since January 19, 2004, extending the longest such streak in National Hockey League history.

T.J. Brodie's long pass from Calgary's zone freed Johnny Gaudreau for a breakaway but Gibson used his glove to deflect Gaudreau's wrist shot before falling on the puck 7:03 into the game.

Fowler was knocked from the game and had to be helped off the ice after a knee-to-knee collision with Calgary captain Mark Giordano in the third period.

Anaheim Ducks center Antoine Vermette, left, vies for the puck with Calgary Flames right wing Alex Chiasson, center, on a deflection by Ducks goalie John Gibson, right, during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Anaheim, Calif., Tuesday, April 4, 2017.

"It's going to be ramped up", Flames right winger Kris Versteeg said about Tuesday night's game.

The Ducks meanwhile are jockeying for position in the Pacific division as they are fighting tooth and nail with the Edmonton Oilers right now and while the Oil have a game in hand and hold a tie breaker on the Ducks it is Anaheim currently in the lead with 99 points.

"I was just trying to create a rebound off the net", Kesler said about Shaw's clutch goal. The veteran defenceman hadn't scored a goal since December 15.

The Flames finally secured a 1-0 lead with 4:41 left in the first period, when Backlund deposited the rebound of Giordano's wrist shot from the blue line inside the right post for his 22nd goal.

Elliott made 30 saves, including a highlight-reel stop in the second period when he kicked out his left leg to get a skate on a point-blank shot by Ryan Getzlaf.

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The Calgary Flames and Anaheim Ducks take to the ice having cemented their spot in the playoffs in a game which could be a playoff preview.

Frolik tipped Giordano's point shot past Bernier at 5:42 of the third to tie it again.

He fired a shot to the top corner past Bernier to cut the deficit in half at 3:48 of the middle period.

Eaves opened the scoring with a power-play goal at 11:32 of the first period.

Bieksa then put Anaheim ahead when he slipped a stoppable shot past Elliott.

Josh Manson challenged Giordano to a dance, one of a handful of scraps in a third period that featured 96 penalty minutes.

Silfverberg gave the Ducks a 2-0 lead with 56.2 seconds remaining in the opening period when he took a drop pass from Kesler and snapped a ideal shot to the top corner, blocker side.

The Flames are 6-2 in their last eight road games and 20-8 in their last 28 overall while the Ducks are 4-1 in their last five against the Pacific and 6-1 in their last seven Tuesday games.

It won't ease any concerns that the Ducks won the past two without the services of a pair of top-four defenceman, with Hampus Lindholm and Sami Vatanen both missing consecutive contests due to upper-body ailments. After sitting out Saturday's game against the Oilers, D Brandon Montour also made his return to Anaheim's lineup against Calgary.

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