Troy Bodie and Evgeny Artyukhin are a couple of 6-foot-4 heavyweights, standing on the far opposite end of the hockey spectrum of the slick-skating Finns Teemu Selanne and Saku Koivu.
But with Selanne and Koivu injured, Artyukhin and Bodie filled the void in the Ducks’ lineup on Sunday, scoring goals 32 seconds apart in the second period against the Calgary Flames.
Jonas Hiller was pulled from a start Thursday and was left hanging by his defense on Sunday. Which certainly explains his reaction following the Ducks’ 5-4 win over the Calgary Flames: “We found a way to win. That’s what’s most important.”
The Ducks nearly found a way to choke away the victory by allowing three breakaway goals, as the Flames erased a 3-1 first-period deficit to take a 4-3 lead. Breakaway goals are usually no problem for Hiller, at least in the shootout, where he is 8-4 with a .755 save percentage lifetime. (The average save percentage since the shootout was instituted is .670.)
But, Hiller explained, it’s a little different stopping a breakaway attempt in the middle of a game.
Teemu Selanne scored the only goal in the shootout as the Ducks beat the Calgary Flames 3-2.
Bobby Ryan and Ryan Getzlaf scored in regulation for the Ducks, and Corey Perry picked up an assist to extend his NHL-leading point streak to 15 games.
Curtis Glencross and Jarome Iginla scored for the Flames, the latter coming with 18 seconds remaining in regulation of a 2-1 game.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 41 saves and earned his first win since March, a span of nine games dating back to last season.
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