Ducks trail early, lose 7-2 at Calgary
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Mikael Backlund scored twice and added an assist to help the Calgary Flames rout the Anaheim Ducks 7-2 on Wednesday night
Backlund set up Mike Cammalleri in the slot for a power-play goal at 11:28 of the first that chased Ducks starter Jonas Hiller, then beat Frederik Andersen two minutes later to make it 4-0.
Backlund added his second of the night 1:31 into the second period, this time shorthanded. Firing a wrist shot past Andersen as he broke in alone off the wing, it was the Flames’ second short-handed goal of the night and NHL-leading 11th of the season. Backlund has four of them, tying him for top spot with Boston’s Brad Marchand and Tampa Bay’s Tyler Johnson.
Mark Giordano, TJ Galiardi, Ladislav Smid and Corban Knight with his first NHL goal also scored for Calgary. Andrew Cogliano and Nick Bonino scored for Anaheim. The Pacific Division-leading Ducks are 0-2-0 in their last four games.