ANAHEIM – The Calgary Flames have found a solution to the curse of the Honda center: targets.
By assembling a few of them early Thursday, the Flames found a way to leave here with their third win in the past 16 years.
This is not a typo.
A 6-0 win against a rebuilt Ducks squad to complete a successful road trip was the first time since 1996 that the Flames won games in a row.
"I think the curse is hopefully over now," smiled Flames goalkeeper Cam Talbot, who held back the Flames for these two rare victories this year.
“(The Curse) was mentioned before the last game we played here. This is a pretty crazy statistic. "
Another interesting statistic suggests that Talbots 44 parades are the most by a Flames goalkeeper in a shutout since the Flames moved to Calgary.
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Back then it was a kind of overkill that the Flames scored the most goals they have ever scored in Anaheim.
Guess again if you think one of the Flames veterans felt sorry for the ducks.
"We had some tough games in this building and I was part of many of them, so it definitely feels good to win," beamed Mikael Backlund, who led the charge with two goals, including a short one – Hand breakaway conversion, which took place in the second phase of a game in which the Flames scored four points for the first time since December 2018 in the opening phase.
“It was a great time for us. We spoke on the bus (from Los Angeles to Anaheim after losing to the Kings on Wednesday) about how another big game on this road trip brings us six out of eight points. This is great for this group because a lot of teams fight for places. "
The Flames' sudden ability to find the net in four games on this trip brought them breast-blowing victories over the Vancouver Canucks, San Jose Sharks and the Ducks.
At the end of a season in which the Flames had difficulties finding the net like last year, the boys scored six goals in all three wins.
An excessive amount of them came from their deep attacks as part of a renewed belief in themselves that coincided with the return of Elias Lindholm to the highest unit.
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Due to the move, Backlund's experiment on the wing ended by returning to center the second line.
Lately: Backlund's two goals give him four markers and four assists during a five-game series – his best streak of the season.
Lindholm’s points streak hit nine with his third goal in the last two games, increasing his total to five goals and five helpers during that period. With his 25 goals he has only two goals less than his best 27 in the last year.
Mark Jankowski from the fourth row has recovered from his goalless games in the first 38 games to five in his last seven, including two on Thursday.
"We scored a lot of depth points on this trip," said Talbot.
“Everyone participated in the entire lineup. Our defense has scored a few goals, our fourth line got a bunch recently in San Jose. Whenever you receive such contributions, you will mostly win. "
Victory comes one night after the Flames suffered their third loss of the year through humble Los Angeles.
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It came two nights after the Honda Center witnessed Jay Bouwmeester's heart episode on the bench, which forced the game to be postponed and prompted Dallas Eakins to have a long discussion with the Ducks players about the trauma on Thursday morning that they had suffered.
Thursday's game opened with all players from both teams standing on the blue line to assist the blues defender, who is still in testing to determine the cause of his breakdown.
After that, the Flames wasted little time doing what they fought for this season.
Goals from Lindholm, Backlund and Oliver Kylington had put the Flames 3-0 ahead of the 14-minute mark, followed by Jankowski's first in the final minutes of the opening frame.
The joke was that three of the team's four Swedes scored in the first goal and the boys asked why Rasmus Andersson couldn't pull his weight.
"We all met – he's Danish," Backlund shrugged and threw Andersson a great blow.
"So everything is fine."
It is certain that nowadays the Flames, whose 21 goals in four games indicate that they have their bragging rights back.
Backlund ended his long runaway late in the second round and established a third pedestrian period in which Jankowski met again and Talbot maintained the barrier.
The Flames are returning home on a date against the BlackHawks on Saturday as part of a three game home that includes the Ducks and Boston Bruins.