The Calgary Flames snapped their longest losing streak of the season and woke up a lagging offense in their previous game, but they have found difficulty winning or scoring in Anaheim over the past few seasons.
The Flames (31-18-4) look to avoid a ninth consecutive defeat at the Honda Center and a second loss in five days to the Ducks (27-24-5) when the teams square off on Wednesday.
Calgary has been held to 14 goals in losing eight straight in Anaheim, a skid dating back to April 4, 2004. The Flames haven’t scored more than two goals in any of their past four trips to the Honda Center.
That’s not a good sign for a Calgary team trying to further spark an offensive revival.
After scoring seven times during a four-game skid, the Flames broke through in Monday’s 6-2 victory over visiting Montreal with five unanswered goals in the final 28:24.
Matthew Lombardi’s short-handed goal 11:36 into the second period tied the game and seemed to ignite the team. Dion Phaneuf scored 32 seconds later, and Dustin Boyd added another short-handed tally with 1:17 left in the period.
“We’re really happy with the way we played. That’s the kind of game we were looking for: a lot of energy and playing a full 60 minutes,” said Lombardi, who also had two assists.
While Calgary came within one goal of matching a season high, the struggles for some players continued. Jarome Iginla, who has a team-leading 58 points, has not scored in four straight games and has just two goals in his last 16. While Curtis Glencross has no goals and one assist in his last 12 games, Daymond Langkow and Craig Conroy have gone 10 straight games without scoring.
However, Michael Cammalleri, who leads Calgary with 28 goals, has scored three times in the past four games.
The Ducks contributed to Calgary’s scoring woes in their previous game - a 2-1 victory Saturday at the Pengrowth Saddledome. Besides its eight-game home win streak over the Flames, Anaheim has won four of the last five overall meetings, allowing 10 goals.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere has started all of those games and has a 9-3-0 record with a 1.91 goals-against average in his last 13 appearances against Calgary. He is 10-1-0 with two ties versus the Flames in Anaheim.
Giguere, however, has just two wins in 11 starts since Dec. 14, the day before his father, Claude, passed away. The Ducks sat the All-Star goaltender for five straight games in favor of Jonas Hiller.
Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle has given Giguere the last two starts, and he made 26 saves Saturday for his first victory since Jan. 11.
“He played very well in the last game in Nashville (4-2 loss Thursday) and really couldn’t be faulted,” Carlyle said. “Your goaltenders don’t have to win you games, but they have to give you a chance and he’s been known for giving our hockey club a chance for a long time. Hopefully this game and the Nashville game, he can use it as a springboard to getting back to where he needs to be.”
Hiller, who is 14-11-1 this season with a 2.17 GAA, has never faced Calgary.
Anaheim’s Corey Perry has 11 goals in 14 games in 2009, including three in the last two contests.