The Calgary Flames head into the Christmas break finding themselves in a playoff spot, just like how head coach Darryl Sutter said he wanted them to. With an overtime victory over the Anaheim Ducks, the Flames swapped spots with the Edmonton Oilers for the second wild card position as the Oilers fell to the Vancouver Canucks.
In the second game of a back-to-back set, the Flames were fortuitously facing a not-so-good Ducks squad and had a good opportunity to snatch two standing points. They faced Lukas Dostal in net, who had been a bright spot for Anaheim as a goaltender stepping up.
In the second period, the Flames held the Ducks to just one shot while they put up 23 shots of their own, setting a franchise record for shot differential in a period. However, the goal differential was just +1 for the Flames as Dostal was making timely saves. Heading into the third period, the Ducks bounced back from their dismal middle frame and tied the game up. Calgary had two separate one-goal leads that Anaheim answered to each time.
The game required overtime to solve, and thankfully for the Flames, they finally won one. They picked up seven out of eight possible points on their road trip and are miraculously in a playoff spot for Christmastime.
|Michael Stone||Adam Ruzicka, Nikita Zadorov||04:19 | 1st||CGY 1 – 0 ANA|
|Mason McTavish (PPG)||Cam Fowler, Troy Terry||16:44 | 1st||CGY 1 – 1 ANA|
|Brett Ritchie||Trevor Lewis||02:56 | 2nd||CGY 2 – 1 ANA|
|Jakob Silfverberg (PPG)||Frank Vatrano, Ryan Strome||03:28 | 3rd||CGY 2 – 2 ANA|
|Rasmus Andersson||Tyler Toffoli, Jonathan Huberdeau||02:24 | OT||CGY 3 – 2 ANA|
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