Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Gaudreau, Stajan Each Score Twice as Flames Double Up Ducks 6-3

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Gaudreau, Stajan Each Score Twice as Flames Double Up Ducks 6-3

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Gaudreau, Stajan lead Flames to 6-3 win


CALGARY - The Calgary Flames found themselves facing an early two-goal deficit against the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday.

Matt Stajan and Johnny Gaudreau then replied with goals in the first period before adding another goal each in the second as the Flames rallied for a 6-3 win.

"After the first two goals they got we just settled down a bit," said Stajan, who tallied his second two-goal game of the season. "There was lots of hockey left to be played. We were able to tie the game up and the focus was to win the last two periods. We got good contributions throughout the lineup tonight and we need that to win on a nightly basis here."

Sean Monahan and Jiri Hudler also scored for the Flames (37-25-5), who returned to play at the Scotiabank Saddledome for the first time since suffering a 6-3 setback to the Ducks on Feb. 20.

"We wanted to come back home and we wanted to have a good showing for the fans because they've been a huge part of our success and backing us," said defenceman Kris Russell, who had three assists to give him eight points in his past three games. "I thought it was a good night to do that."

Russell's defence partner Dennis Wideman also chipped in with three assists, while goalie Kari Ramo finished with 29 saves to improve his record to 13-7-1.

Thanks to the win, the Flames moved to within one point of the Vancouver Canucks (38-24-4) for second spot in the Pacific Division.

Ryan Getzlaf had two goals for the Ducks (42-20-7), but also took two costly penalties in the second period that led to a pair of power-play goals by the Flames.

"I never want to be the guy sitting in that box when that happens," Getzlaf said. "It kills momentum for our team and I've got to accept that. I let the guys down in that aspect in taking those kinds of penalties. It's not acceptable and I'll wear that for the next one. …

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