Mikael Backlund Helps Flames Rout Ducks 7-2
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Mikael Backlund scored twice and added an assist to help the Calgary Flames rout the Anaheim Ducks 7-2 on Wednesday night
Backlund set up Mike Cammalleri in the slot for a power-play goal at 11:28 of the first that chased Ducks starter Jonas Hiller, then beat Frederik Andersen two minutes later to make it 4-0.
Backlund added his second of the night 1:31 into the second period, this time shorthanded. Firing a wrist shot past Andersen as he broke in alone off the wing, it was the Flames’ second short-handed goal of the night and NHL-leading 11th of the season. Backlund has four of them, tying him for top spot with Boston’s Brad Marchand and Tampa Bay’s Tyler Johnson.
Mark Giordano, TJ Galiardi, Ladislav Smid and Corban Knight with his first NHL goal also scored for Calgary. Andrew Cogliano and Nick Bonino scored for Anaheim. The Pacific Division-leading Ducks are 0-2-0 in their last four games.
The Flames entered the night tied for the league-lead in one-goal games. The unusual blowout offensively for the home side was embraced by the crowd announced at 19,829, who gave the team a boisterous standing ovation after the first and second periods and once again when the game ended.
The crowd got one last treat when Knight, from nearby High River, scored his first NHL goal with 1:57 left.
Flames rookie goalie Joni Ortio made 20 saves to improve to 3-3-0.
Notes: Calgary LW Curtis Glencross (ankle) returned after missing 29 games. He played on a line with Galiardi and Brian McGrattan. … Anaheim D Ben Lovejoy (ill) did not play.