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
"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
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 past two games with
the flu. ... The Flames are 19-4-1-1 when scoring first.