With good reason, the Anaheim Ducks’ top line of Corey Perry,
Bobby Ryan and captain Ryan Getzlaf receives plenty of attention
from opponents. Teams can’t forget about 40-year-old winger Teemu
The Ducks go for their first season sweep of the Calgary Flames
on Wednesday night when the two playoff hopefuls meet at the
Anaheim (43-28-5) owes much of its success during its current
11-3-0 run to Perry, Ryan and Getzlaf, who have combined for 19
goals and 36 assists in this stretch.
Selanne also deserves plenty of credit. He has eight goals and
10 assists in March – he didn’t have more than 12 points in any
other month – after recording his 22nd career hat trick and adding
two assists in Monday’s 5-4 win over Colorado.
“If you try to shut their top line down, you have to be careful,
because the second line is just as dangerous,” Avalanche center
Paul Stastny said. “There’s a reason why (Selanne) has 75 points.
Him, (Saku) Koivu, (Jason) Blake, their defensemen – they always
jump in, so it doesn’t matter who’s out there. You have to be
The Flames (38-28-11) know exactly what Selanne is capable of
doing. He leads the Ducks with seven points in the season series
despite missing the first meeting with a groin injury. He scored a
game-tying third-period goal in each of the last two matchups.
Selanne had a season-best three assists in the teams’ only
meeting at the Saddledome, a 5-4 overtime victory Feb. 11. The only
time the Ducks won twice in Calgary in the same season was 1995-96,
and they’ve never won every matchup in this season series since
entering the league in 1993.
The Flames are desperate to avoid being swept because they are
outside the Western Conference postseason picture and are four
points behind Anaheim, which is in playoff position.
Calgary ended a three-game losing streak and finished a 1-1-2
trip Saturday with a 5-4 shootout victory over league-worst
Edmonton. Unanswered third-period goals by Jarome Iginla, Curtis
Glencross and Steve Staios helped the Flames rally from three
“That was awesome,” said Iginla, who scored twice on the power
play and has six goals in the last five games. ” … That was a
playoff game for us. That was our playoff lives and we get to live
Calgary could be in for a tough test against Ray Emery, who made
31 saves Monday to improve to 5-0-0 with a 1.88 goals-against
average since being called up from the minors.
Emery has allowed three goals in three career starts against the
Flames, including a 3-0 win with Philadelphia the last time he
faced them Feb. 1, 2010.
Calgary’s Miikka Kiprusoff has allowed eight goals in two starts
versus Anaheim this season and was pulled early in the most recent
one, allowing three goals on five shots in a 5-4 overtime loss
March 20. Kiprusoff has a 3.86 GAA in his last six starts