Flames scorch the Ducks

November 19, 2014 18:37:14 UK

Jiri Hudler helped the Flames to victory against the Ducks on Tuesday.

The Calgary Flames continued their strong first quarter of the season with a 4-3 shootout victory over the Anaheim Ducks at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Tuesday evening.

Down by two goals entering the final period the Flames took the lead through Jiri Hudler and Dennis Wideman, the latter scoring twice for his sixth and seventh of the campaign. However the Ducks continue to maximize their defeats picking up a Pacific Division leading fifth regulation point in losses before falling in the overtime. This time it was Kyle Palmieri who lit the lamp on the power play to tie proceedings.

The win moved the Flames to within a point of Anaheim in the Division and Calgary continues their home stand on Thursday when the Chicago Blackhawks come into town.

Over in the Eastern Conference the Pittsburgh Penguins snapped the Canadiens six-game winning streak with a 4-0 victory at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

Beau Bennett, Steve Downie, Brandon Sutter and Sidney Crosby were all on target for the visitors who at times look far superior to any side in the league. The winners of three in a row the Penguins head home to the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh on Friday for a back-to-back, home and home series with the New York Islanders.

New York sits in second in the Metropolitan Division and along with the Canadiens, Flames and Nashville Predators may well be the surprise sides of the early going. Losers 5-2 against the Lightning in Tampa Bay over the weekend, the Islanders repaid the score line on Tuesday as the teams completed their own home and home series.

The Penguins are 8.50 to win the Stanley Cup, while Flames can be backed at 51.00.

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