Tal­bot blanks Ducks in Flames’ rout

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ANA­HEIM — Mikael Back­lund and Mark Jankowski scored two goals apiece, and Cam Tal­bot made a ca­reer-high 44 saves for his 21st ca­reer shutout in the Flames’ 6-0 vic­tory over the Ana­heim Ducks on Thurs­day night.

The Ducks gave up four goals in the first pe­riod of their first game since since their game against St. Louis was called off Tues­day night when Blues de­fense­man Jay Bouwmeeste­r col­lapsed on the Honda Cen­ter bench dur­ing the first pe­riod.

Tal­bot was su­perb in his first shutout for the Flames and his first vic­tory since Jan. 11, mak­ing 18 saves in the sec­ond pe­riod alone.

“I felt like I con­trolled the game the best I could,” Tal­bot said. “I didn’t leave too much lay­ing around for them to bang in. A lot of their shots came from the out­side, makes it easy for me to con­trol it.”

Elias Lind­holm, Oliver Kyling­ton, Back­lund and Jankowski all scored for Cal­gary dur­ing that one-sided open­ing pe­riod. Lind­holm ex­tended his scor­ing streak to nine games, one shy of his ca­reer high, with his 25th goal.

“We got some timely scor­ing early,” Cal­gary coach Geoff Ward said. “I liked the re­sponse of our guys. We talked about how important it was to come out and play a solid first pe­riod, get into the game early. I thought the guys did a good job of that.”

John Gib­son stopped 12 shots in Ana­heim’s aw­ful first pe­riod be­fore Ryan Miller re­placed him to start the sec­ond. The Ducks’ sea­son-best streak of five straight games with a point ended with just their sec­ond reg­u­la­tion loss in eight games.

“We learn from these,” Ducks coach Dal­las Eakins said. “As much as you want to keep point streaks going, I think a kick in the rear end is good for you ev­ery once and a while.”

Back­lund got a short-handed goal in the sec­ond pe­riod for his 14th ca­reer multi-goal game, his first since March 10.

Cal­gary fin­ished its fourgame road trip with three wins in the first of two games be­tween the Pa­cific Divi­sion ri­vals in five days.

Lind­holm opened the scor­ing mo­ments af­ter a power play ex­pired in the first pe­riod, fin­ish­ing a scram­ble near the Ducks’ net by stuff­ing the puck past Gib­son’s short side.

“We had break­downs,” Ducks for­ward Troy Terry said. “This re­ally goes for my­self, but we need to score on our chances . ... We need to have more jam than that. It was one of those nights where we just couldn’t fig­ure it out.”

Lind­holm, who isn’t re­lated to Ducks de­fense­man Ham­pus Lind­holm, is al­ready ap­proach­ing the ca­reer high of 27 goals last sea­son with Cal­gary af­ter spend­ing his first five NHL cam­paigns with Carolina. He scored two goals Wednesday dur­ing Cal­gary’s loss to the last-place Los Angeles Kings.

Back­lund ex­tended his scor­ing streak to five games by con­vert­ing a pass from Andrew Man­gia­pane. Just 1:29 later, Kyling­ton beat Gib­son high to the glove side for the 22-year-old Swede’s sec­ond goal of the sea­son and fifth of his NHL ca­reer.

Jankowski then put an un­ob­structed shot past Gib­son’s glove while skat­ing up the mid­dle dur­ing an odd-man rush 55 sec­onds be­fore the first pe­riod ended.

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GOAL Cal­gary Flames cen­ter Mikael Back­lund, left, scores past Ana­heim Ducks goal­tender John Gib­son dur­ing a game in Ana­heim on Thurs­day.

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