Let this be a lesson, nobody gets away with beating the Calgary Flames 30 times straight at home.
The Calgary Flames registered their first win in Anaheim since 2004. Or to put it another way, Mike Smith has never lost at the Honda Centre as a Calgary Flames. For this part, Smith registered his first shut out as a Flames as well. Things are certainly looking solid in goal. But how about the rest of the squad?
The rest of the lineup seems to be coming together, particularly in the back end. Although it was a complete tire fire every time Troy Brouwer stepped on the ice, every other line was a competent producer. Inexplicably, Brouwer plays regular PK AND PP minutes, which is essentially like playing an additional man down. On the PP, the Flames eventually found success when Brouwer finally sat for Ferland. A second period PP tally by Monahan, his first of the season, put the visitor’s up one.
The third period saw the Ducks press, but Mike Smith was the answer on the back end. the 3M line, when they could, stood up against the Getzlaf line, but also combined for a beauty insurance goal later in the third.
With this monkey off their back, we’ll see how the Flames continue churning. The next curse will be winning in the new Oilers arena. Maybe the likes of Jaromir Jagr can help the cause; he has yet to suit up for a game. Maybe Wednesday against LA will be the first?