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ANAHEIM http://www.coyotesproshop.com/authentic … son-jersey , Calif. (AP) — Ryan Getzlaf and the Anaheim Ducks appear to be turning things around after a two-week slump.The Ducks got their second victory in three games Wednesday night as they defeated the Calgary Flames 3-2. Getzlaf supplied the game-winning goal in the third period 27 seconds after the Flames tied it while they were short-handed.“We’ve been working hard to close out a couple of these games,” said Getzlaf, who scored his second game-winning goal of the season and 49th of his career. “It was pretty exciting. Emotions are high in this room.”The Ducks began the season 5-1-1 but managed only two points in their next seven games before a 3-2 overtime victory against Columbus on Sunday. Anaheim lost to Los Angeles 4-1 on Tuesday, but Getzlaf said it was good to get back on the ice quickly and put that defeat behind them.It wasn’t easy, though. Anaheim led 2-0 in the first but Calgary rallied to tie it six minutes into the third when Mark Jankowski stole the puck from Brandon Montour in the neutral zone and shot it just over Ryan Miller’s glove while leading a 2-on-1 rush.The Ducks, though, were quickly able to seize back momentum. Getzlaf corralled a loose puck in front and directed a backhand through Mike Smith’s legs to snap the Flames’ four-game winning streak.“In the end we gutted it out in the third period and found a way,” Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said. “I thought we started the right way. We didn’t want to sit back and worry about what happened last night. It was more about being in the present.”Jakob Silfverberg and Adam Henrique also scored for Anaheim. Miller made 37 saves and tied Andy Moog (372) for 17th on the career wins list.“He’s a goalie I watched growing up http://www.bruinsshoponline.com/authent … ork-jersey ,” Miller said. “I used to try to draw his helmet all the time on my street hockey helmet. It’s pretty cool to be playing long enough to win enough games to be mentioned.”Calgary pulled Smith for an extra skater with 2:28 remaining and then was on a power play for the final 74 seconds after Rickard Rakell was called for slashing. But the Flames were never able to get a clean shot on goal despite the two-man advantage.“We had some good looks but I thought we needed to do a little more offensively,” Calgary coach Bill Peters said. “I liked our third period but we ended up chasing the game again here today.”Matthew Tkachuk also scored for Calgary, which has won only once in its last 28 trips to Anaheim. Smith stopped 21 shots.The Ducks got on the board at 8:37 of the first when Silfverberg carried the puck into the Calgary zone and ripped a slap shot for his fifth goal of the season. Henrique gave them a two-goal lead three minutes later when he pounced on a rebound after Smith stopped Josh Manson’s shot from near the blue line.With less than three minutes left in the first, Calgary scored on the power play when Tkachuk redirected Elias Lindholm’s drive past Miller.NOTES: Anaheim D Jacob Larsson got an assist on Silfverberg’s goal for his first NHL point. Larsson was the Ducks’ first-round selection in the 2015 draft. … The Ducks are 3-1 in the second game of back-to-backs … Tkachuk has a point in four straight games, with two goals and four assists. … Lindholm’s assist extended his point streak to six games (three goals, six assists). … C Sean Monahan had a six-game point streak snapped (four goals, six assists).UP NEXTFlames: Continue their California swing at Los Angeles on Saturday.Ducks: Host Minnesota on Friday. COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) The Columbus Blue Jackets got plenty of lucky breaks in their surprisingly successful 2016-17 season.Serious injuries were avoided http://www.bruinsshoponline.com/authent … and-jersey , their power play was one of the NHL’s best, and goalie Sergei Bobrovsky won the Vezina Trophy. Pucks bounced the Blue Jackets’ way more often than not as they piled up a 16-game winning streak and earned a playoff spot, just one season removed from a last-place finish in the Metropolitan Division.Good fortune has been a little bit harder to come by this season for the Blue Jackets, who are in danger of fading out of the playoff picture in the Metro. Injuries have taken some of the team’s best players out of action for big chunks of time. The power-play is worst in the league. The penalty-kill is only slightly better.”We’re spoiled because of the year we had last year when everything went our way, we got breaks, we were healthy, a lot of things went our way,” said Columbus coach John Tortorella after the Blue Jackets outshot Washington 39-25 on Tuesday night but lost the game when Nicklas Backstrom scored with 43 seconds left.”As I’ve always said http://www.bruinsshoponline.com/authent … jci-jersey , we forced them to go our way for the most part, but you do get some luck in a year,” he said. ”We had a ton of it. We’ve got (crap) for luck right now.”Forwards Cam Atkinson, Brandon Dubinsky, Nick Foligno and Boone Jenner – players expected to be top goal scorers – all were slow to get started. Atkinson just got back on the ice after missing a month with a broken foot. A fractured orbital bone sustained in a fight Dec. 12 sidelined Dubinsky for six weeks. He just got back in the lineup, scoring the tying goal in the third period Tuesday night.Jenner missed the first seven games of the season with an injury. Center Alexander Wennberg and defenseman Zach Werenski also have been out with hurts.Those players were expected to shoulder the load. Instead it’s been wingers Artemi Panarin, Josh Anderson and Oliver Bjorkstrand, as well as all-star defenseman Seth Jones. Their production has kept the Blue Jackets in playoff contention Womens Jake DeBrusk Jersey , but every other team in the Metro Division is within reach, too.Bobrovsky is eighth in the league in wins, and his .920 save percentage is down from the cumulative .931 of last season. Columbus has lost four straight and nine of the last 11, but Tortorella sees progress.”It’s been that way most of the year here, where things just haven’t totally gone our way in games,” he said. ”Somehow we’ve got to have the wherewithal to keep finding ourselves, keep staying with it, and turn these games into wins and try to get on a run.”On Tuesday Patrice Bergeron Jersey , the Blue Jackets moved the puck effectively and went hard at Washington goalie Braden Holtby in a 3-2 loss that Tortorella described as ”a kick in the stomach.””We were around the net a lot,” Jones said. ”A bounce here and a bounce there is a couple more goals for us.”Columbus will get another crack at the Capitals in Washington on Friday night. Six of the next seven games are against Metro Division rivals, so that stretch is likely to determine whether the Blue Jackets will return to the playoffs. There haven’t been back-to-back playoff years in the 18-year history of the franchise.”It’s a grind,” Dubinsky said. ”It’s a long season. Nobody said it was going to be easy for us. It’s hard right now, not getting the results. I think we’re putting in some good minutes. We just have to come to work tomorrow with our heads up and be ready and willing to get better.”—