Basically this. The franchise record of wins at home ended at 11, thanks to a 1-0 loss to the Ducks at the Saddledome. The year ended with a 4-1 drubbing at the hands of the Kings, who showed why they are far-and-away the best team in the Pacific Division. And finally the Flames ruined Jarome Iginla’s bid for his 600th NHL goal by shutting out his avalanche 4-0 in Denver.
Summaries of each game are below.
Anaheim Ducks 1, Calgary Flames 0
Shawn Horcoff scored, and John Gibson made 14 saves to help the Anaheim Ducks to a 1-0 win against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome, ending Calgary’s franchise-record home winning streak at 11.
“It was really good,” Gibson said. “We had a game plan to try to clog up the neutral zone, try to slow them down. We did a pretty good job of it tonight.”
Los Angeles Kings 4, Calgary Flames 1
Milan Lucic scored, and Jonathan Quick made 23 saves to help the Los Angeles Kings defeat the Calgary Flames 4-1 at Scotiabank Saddledome on Thursday.
Marian Gaborik, Andy Andreoff and Tanner Pearson also had goals for the Kings (24-11-2), who swept a four-game road trip against Pacific Division opponents. Los Angeles plays five of its next six games at home.
“You look at this road trip being a tough road trip,” Lucic said. “It’s all divisional teams. Now with the way the standings go, the divisional games, there’s a lot more emphasis on them in getting those two points. To be able to come out this with eight out of eight points is something that we really needed to do to keep moving ourselves up the standings and pushing the teams down below us.”
Calgary Flames 4, Colorado Avalanche 0
Of note, that’s the first shutout Calgary has had all year.
“[Shutouts] are always nice, but it’s something that shows your team played really well,” said Ramo, who has five in his NHL career. “We played the full 60 minutes really well. Main thing is always to win the game, but these are nice, and it’s good to get the one out of the way.”
Avalanche right wing Jarome Iginla is concerned that his bid for his 600th NHL goal has become a distraction. He’s gone three games without one since scoring his 599th on Dec. 27 against the Arizona Coyotes, and there have been times when teammates have passed up good chances to feed him.