Make it 29 straight losses as the Honda Center curse lives on for the Calgary Flames.
A bad bounce and a disallowed goal in the second period did the Flames in Saturday night as they find themselves down 2-0 in their opening round series against the Anaheim Ducks.
Jakob Silfverberg opened the scoring less than 5 minutes in, beating Flames goalie Brian Elliot over the Glove to give Anaheim a 1-0 lead. Rickard Rakell would capitalize shortly after and Calgary found themselves down 2-0, 6:44 into the game. The Flames would get on the board late in the first as Mikael Backlund slipped away shorthanded and cut the lead in half heading into the second period, trailing 2-1.
It was all Calgary in the second period out chancing the Ducks 10-1 and out shooting them 15-6. Sean Monahan would even the game at 2 converting on the power-play 7:01 into the second. Shortly after the Flames thought they had another one as Sam Bennett and Alex Chiasson went to the net and slid one past Anaheim goalie John Gibson. The play was reviewed, and it was ruled the puck did cross the line, but Chiasson was said to have interfered with Gibson. The game would head to the third period tied at 3.
The third period was even as the teams exchanged chances, before Dougie Hamilton took a holding the stick penalty.
Cue the Honda Center Curse.
Ducks Captain Ryan Getzlaf would be the benefactor of a lucky bounce as his pass went off Lance Bouma’s skate, into the air, and past Brian Elliot with just under 5 minutes remaining, the goal turning out to be the game winner.
The Flames will now look to the C of Red and hope to take care of home-ice as they host Anaheim Monday night at the Saddledome. Puck drop set for 8 PM.