CALGARY, Alberta (AP)—With their recent collapse against Chicago still fresh in their minds, the Calgary Flames were determined not to let a lead slip away again.
“We were ahead last game against Chicago too so we knew what we didn’t want to do and that was let up,” Clark said about Friday’s 5-3 loss after the Flames blew a two-goal lead. “We knew we had to keep the hammer down, keep pushing ahead, don’t let up at any point.”
“Every team that we wanted to lose last night won and that pushed us right out of the playoff picture,” Clark said. “It wasn’t fun looking at the standings this morning so that makes this game even bigger.”
“The bottom line is when you score four goals, you have to win the hockey game,” said Ducks coach Mike Babcock. “We have to find a way to tighten up defensively because you can’t give up six goals and win in this league.”
“We just gave them far too much room, far too much time with the puck, and as a result, they capitalized on their chances,” Ducks defenseman Keith Carney said. “That’s how it’s gone all season for us, we’ve been very inconsistent.”
Ending a string of eight consecutive starts by Roman Turek, Jamie McLennan returned to the nets for Calgary. Although the goal he gave up to Vishnevski was a soft one, his return seemed to provide the spark the Flames were looking for as they matched a season high for goals in a game. McLennan made 20 saves.
“It was just a coincidence and it’s too bad for Roman,” Clark said. “We try to play as hard for Roman as for anybody else but it seems that’s just the way the puck bounces sometimes.”
The goals came early and often in a rare afternoon game in Calgary with four goals scored in the first 12 minutes.
Clark scored his second on a power play at 5:07 of the second period to give Calgary a 4-2 lead. Donovan scored his 17th of the season in the second period.His previous career high in a season was 13.
Calgary D Mike Commodore got his first action of the season after being recalled Saturday from Lowell. Commodore played alongside Denis Gauthier. Gauthier’s regular defense partner Rhett Warrener missed his second game with a cut on his face. … LW Josh Green returned for Calgary after missing the pasttwo games with the flu. … The Flames are 19-4-1-1 when scoring first.