ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- When Michael Wall was 11, he attended his
first NHL game in Edmonton and marveled at Oilers goalie Bill
Ranford and Detroit counterpart Chris Osgood.
Now it's Wall's turn, and the rookie made quite an impression in
his first game with the Anaheim Ducks.
With Norris Trophy-winning defensemen Chris Pronger and Scott
Niedermayer leading the way, the Ducks limited the Calgary Flames
to only 11 shots over the first two periods Sunday and Wall made 19
saves in a 5-3 victory.
"Eleven shots gives you a chance to save some energy in reserve
and play hard on every shot you get," Wall said. "It's tougher
sometimes, just because you never know when that scoring chance is
going to come. So you've got to stay sharp and focused. But having
two great defensemen back there helping me out made my job that
So did Teemu Selanne's two goals. Selanne and Ryan Getzlaf
scored on power plays and Samuel Pahlsson also scored for the
Ducks, who are off to the best start in franchise history at 17-2-6
and are tied with Buffalo for the most points in the league.
Pronger and Francois Beauchemin each had two assists and Todd
Marchant scored an empty-net goal.
Anaheim's regular goalies, Jean-Sebastien Giguere and Ilya
Bryzgalov, were sidelined because of lower-body injuries. So the
Ducks plucked the 21-year-old Wall from Portland of the AHL as
insurance in case Giguere couldn't answer the bell.
"It was kind of on short notice, so I didn't really have too
much time to think about it -- which was a bonus," said Wall, who
joined the team Saturday and didn't have a chance to practice. "I
just went out there and tried to do the same thing I was doing in
Portland, keep my game simple and try to stop the first shot. It's
easier to relax after you get that first one."
Wall is the 12th goalie to play for Anaheim, which joined the
NHL in 1993-94. The only others who won in their first start with
the Ducks were Bryzgalov and Martin Gerber -- both winning 3-2 in
"You wouldn't know it was his first game. He looked so nice and
calm and no nerves at all," Selanne said. "I'm so happy for him
because I know how nervous it can be to play in your first NHL
game, especially at home. He did a great job and gave us a chance
Wall signed with Anaheim as a free agent in September 2005 and
was 5-1-1 with a 3.23 goals-against average in seven games this
season with Portland. His backup Sunday was David McKee, who has
been with the Ducks since Tuesday after being promoted from the
Augusta Lynx -- Anaheim's developmental affiliate in the ECHL. McKee
has yet to play in an NHL game.
Kristian Huselius had two goals and Daymond Langkow scored on a
power play in the final minute for the Flames, whose 3-0 win over
the Ducks on Nov. 10 in Calgary was Anaheim's first loss in
regulation after an NHL-record 12-0-4 start.
Jamie McLennan made 34 saves for Calgary. But the Flames had
another tough night on the power play, and have only two goals in
21 chances over the last four games.
"We need to be better on the road," captain Jarome Iginla
said. "It's the same thing we've been saying. Our specialty teams
on the road need to be better on both sides. It's such a big part
of the game nowadays. We got outworked, and they beat us."
Getzlaf put the Ducks ahead to stay with a 20-foot wrist shot
that beat McLennan high to the stick side less than 5 minutes after
Huselius tied the score for the second time. Getzlaf's ninth goal
came while Calgary's Byron Ritchie was serving a slashing penalty.
Selanne's first goal of the game gave Anaheim a 2-1 lead at 5:13
of the second period while Calgary's Chuck Kobasew was off for
hooking. Pronger was nonchalantly dragging the puck in his own end,
then suddenly snapped a long pass that found Selanne breaking
across the Calgary blue line. The nine-time All-Star swooped in on
McLennan and beat him to the stick side with a short backhander.
Selanne added his 10th of the season and 502nd of his career for
a 4-2 lead with 3:50 to play. It was his 78th career game-winning
goal and 45th with Anaheim, breaking the franchise record he shared
with Paul Kariya.
There are 20 forwards in the NHL who have played in at
least 18 games and have yet to score a goal. The Flames have three
of them -- LW Jeff Friesen, RW Darren McCarty and C Jamie Lundmark.
... Friesen, who has reached the 20-goal plateau five times in his
NHL career and topped out at 31 with San Jose in 1997-98, has
scored only four goals in 69 games since the lockout. ... Selanne's
goals made him the second player to record 600 points with the