PP perseverance pays off

STEVE MACFARLANE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:09 AM ET

For a while, it seemed the Calgary Flames' powerplay would be their downfall.

Ultimately, it came through for the decisive goal in a massive 5-3 win over the visiting Anaheim Ducks at the Saddledome last night.

Chance after chance was handed to the Flames in the third period, with the score tied 3-3, but each Calgary man- advantage ended in failure.

On the fourth straight opportunity in the final frame, Flames captain Jarome Iginla finally capitalized.

Watching his shot bounce off Ducks defenceman Chris Pronger and past goaltender J-S Giguere for the winner was a fitting end to the special teams struggle.

"It feels just as good," Iginla said with a laugh while addressing the lucky bounce.

Iginla felt the Flames were due to catch a break on the powerplay.

"Sometimes it's not clicking, but I thought tonight we were moving it really well. I thought we had legitimate scoring chances pretty much every powerplay," he said.

"At that point, you feel if you can just get another one, it's gonna go."

It finally did when rookie Dustin Boyd, who netted his third goal of the season to open the scoring, took a stick in the back courtesy of Mathieu Schneider with less than five minutes to play.

"We were excited to get that other one -- to get another chance and go out there and get it. It felt like tonight we were going to find a way to get one.

"It took a good break to get it, but we'll take it."


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