The Flames hate going to Disneyland

The Calgary Flames are going for history tonight in Anaheim. The bad kind of history.

In the history of the National Hockey League, no team has lost 24 consecutive regular season road games against a single team. The Flames have lost 23 straight games at the Honda Center against the Anaheim Ducks. They have a 0-18-5 record in that span.

Here’s a quick glance at Calgary’s utter futility in Orange County and the 23 reasons they utterly hate going to Disneyland.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF SORROW

A big thanks to the Hockey Summary Project at Flyers History.

#1: APRIL 4, 2004: 2-1 ANAHEIM

  • The last game of the 2003-04 regular season.
  • The Flames blew a 1-0 second period lead, giving up two goals in the third.
  • Anaheim outshot Calgary 26-23.
  • Coach: Darryl Sutter (0-1-0); GM: Sutter (0-1-0)

#2: OCTOBER 26, 2005: 4-1 ANAHEIM

  • The first game of a back-to-back, playing in Phoenix the next night.
  • The Flames gave up three power play goals.
  • Anaheim outshot Calgary 31-26.
  • Coach: Sutter (0-2-0); GM: Sutter (0-2-0)

#3: APRIL 17, 2006: 4-3 ANAHEIM

  • The last game of the 2005-06 regular season.
  • Once again, the Flames gave up three power play goals.
  • Anaheim outshot Calgary 34-32.
  • Coach: Sutter (0-3-0); GM: Sutter (0-3-0)

#4: NOVEMBER 26, 2006: 5-3 ANAHEIM

  • The second game of a back-to-back, playing in Los Angeles the previous night.
  • A slight improvement, as the Flames only gave up two power play goals.
  • Anaheim outshot Calgary 39-22.
  • Coach: Jim Playfair (0-1-0); GM: Sutter (0-4-0)

#5: DECEMBER 18, 2006: 4-1 ANAHEIM

  • The first game of a back-to-back, playing in Los Angeles the next night.
  • The Flames scored 1:40 into the game, then never scored again.
  • Anaheim outshot Calgary 41-28.
  • Coach: Playfair (0-2-0); GM: Sutter (0-5-0)

#6: FEBRUARY 17, 2008: 4-2 ANAHEIM

  • The Flames scored a first period power play goal, then gave up four in the second period (including two power play goals).
  • Anaheim outshot Calgary 36-25.
  • Coach: Mike Keenan (0-1-0); GM: Sutter (0-6-0)

#7: FEBRUARY 29, 2008: 3-1 ANAHEIM

  • The first game of a back-to-back, playing in Phoenix the next night.
  • The Flames gave up a goal 35 seconds into the game.
  • Anaheim outshot Calgary 25-23.
  • Coach: Keenan (0-2-0); GM: Sutter (0-7-0)

#8: NOVEMBER 2, 2008: 3-2 ANAHEIM

  • The second game of a back-to-back, playing in Los Angeles the previous night.
  • The Flames gave up a goal 1:46 into the game, then two more in the first 2:08 of the second period.
  • Anaheim outshot Calgary 37-36.
  • Coach: Keenan (0-3-0); GM: Sutter (0-8-0)

#9: FEBRUARY 11, 2009: 3-2 ANAHEIM (OT)

  • The first game of a back-to-back, playing in Los Angeles the next night.
  • The Flames scored first and blew 1-0 and 2-1 leads.
  • Anaheim scored 55 seconds into overtime.
  • Anaheim outshot Calgary 40-23.
  • Coach: Keenan (0-3-1); GM: Sutter (0-8-1)

#10: NOVEMBER 23, 2009: 3-2 ANAHEIM (SO)

  • The Flames scored first, but Anaheim scored twice in 1:08 to take the lead.
  • The Flames scored with 18 seconds left to send the game to overtime.
  • Calgary outshot Anaheim 43-31.
  • Coach: Brent Sutter (0-0-1); GM: D. Sutter (0-8-2)

#11: JANUARY 17, 2010: 5-4 ANAHEIM

  • The first game of a back-to-back, playing in San Jose the next night.
  • This was a track meet. The Flames blew a 1-0 lead, then retook the lead, then blew a 4-3 lead.
  • Calgary outshot Anaheim 37-26.
  • Coach: B. Sutter (0-1-1); GM: D.Sutter (0-9-2)

#12: DECEMBER 10, 2010: 3-2 ANAHEIM (SO)


  • The second game of a back-to-back, playing in Los Angeles the previous night.
  • The Flames trailed 2-0 after two periods, then roared back to tie it up.
  • Calgary outshot Anaheim 39-25.
  • Coach: B. Sutter (0-1-2); GM: D. Sutter (0-9-3)
  • Darryl Sutter resigned 18 days after this loss.

#13: MARCH 20, 2011: 5-4 ANAHEIM (OT)

  • The first game of a back-to-back, playing in Los Angeles the next night.
  • Another track meet. The Flames gave up three goals in the first, then tied the game 3-3 in the second and took the lead mid-way through the third. But Anaheim scored a power play goal in the last few minutes of the third, then scored in overtime four seconds after Henrik Karlsson stopped Bobby Ryan on a penalty shot.
  • Calgary outshot Anaheim 41-33.
  • Coach: Sutter (0-1-3); GM: Feaster (0-0-1)

#14: FEBRUARY 6, 2012: 3-2 ANAHEIM (SO)

  • The Ducks scored twice in the first, but the Flames rallied back to tie in the third period.
  • Anaheim outshot Calgary 33-26.
  • Coach: Sutter (0-1-4); GM: Feaster (0-0-2)

#15: MARCH 2, 2012: 3-2 ANAHEIM

  • The second game of a back-to-back, playing in Phoenix the previous night.
  • A back-and-forth game. The Ducks took the lead with 46 seconds left in the third.
  • Anaheim outshot Calgary 38-29.
  • Coach: Sutter (0-2-4); GM: Feaster (0-1-2)

#16: MARCH 8, 2013: 4-0 ANAHEIM

  • The first game of a back-to-back, playing in Los Angeles the next night.
  • The Ducks scored 1:15 into the first and never looked back.
  • Calgary outshot Anaheim 29-24.
  • Coach: Bob Hartley (0-1-0); GM: Feaster (0-2-2)

#17: OCTOBER 16, 2013: 3-2 ANAHEIM

  • The Flames got down 2-0 in the first and never quite clawed all the way back.
  • Calgary outshot Anaheim 35-22.
  • Coach: Hartley (0-2-0); GM: Feaster (0-3-2)

#18: NOVEMBER 29, 2013: 5-2 ANAHEIM

  • The first game of a back-to-back, playing in Los Angeles the next night.
  • The Flames gave up two goals in the first before scoring and just couldn’t muster a comeback.
  • Anaheim outshot Calgary 42-21.
  • Coach: Hartley (0-3-0); GM: Feaster (0-4-2)
  • Feaster was fired 13 days after this loss.

#19: NOVEMBER 25, 2014: 3-2 ANAHEIM

  • The first game of a back-to-back, playing in San Jose the next night.
  • The Flames trailed 3-0 after the second period, but almost came all the way back to tie it up.
  • Calgary outshot Anaheim 34-29.
  • Coach: Hartley (0-4-0); GM: Treliving (0-1-0)

#20: JANUARY 21, 2015: 6-3 ANAHEIM

  • The Flames gave up three goals in the first and trailed 4-0 at one point in the second.
  • Calgary outshot Anaheim 33-27.
  • Coach: Hartley (0-5-0); GM: Treliving (0-2-0)

#21: NOVEMBER 24, 2015: 5-3 ANAHEIM

  • The Flames blew leads of 2-0 and 3-2. Anaheim scored three times in the third to close out the game.
  • Anaheim outshot Calgary 32-25.
  • Coach: Hartley (0-6-0); GM: Treliving (0-3-0)

#22: FEBRUARY 21, 2016: 5-2 ANAHEIM

  • The Ducks took the lead in the first and led almost the entire way, scoring three times in the third.
  • Anaheim outshot Calgary 33-24.
  • Coach; Hartley (0-7-0); GM: Treliving (0-4-0)

#23: MARCH 30, 2016: 8-3 ANAHEIM

  • The first game of a back-to-back, playing in Los Angeles the next night.
  • Anaheim led 5-0 before the Flames scored their first goal.
  • Anaheim outshot Calgary 27-26.
  • Coach: Hartley (0-8-0); GM: Treliving (0-5-0)

The losing streak has lasted through five head coaches and three general managers. As you can see, the Flames have lost in almost every way that a team can lose during the streak.

    THIS AND THAT

    Calgary’s home record against Anaheim since their last win at the Honda Center: 16-8-1. So it’s not like Anaheim has had their number for 12 years.

    Calgary’s longest active regular season losing streaks in road buildings:

    • 0 games: Arizona, Colorado, Columbus, Minnesota, Montreal, Nashville, Pittsburgh, San Jose, St. Louis, Washington
    • 1 game: Boston (3/5/2015), Chicago (10/24/2016), Dallas (12/17/2015), Detroit (3/6/2015), Edmonton (4/2/2016), Florida (11/8/2014), New Jersey (2/25/2015), Philadelphia (3/3/2015), Vancouver (2/6/2016)
    • 2 games: Buffalo (12/14/2013), Carolina (1/13/2014), NY Islanders (2/6/2014), Tampa Bay (4/3/2014), Winnipeg (10/19/2014)
    • 4 games: Los Angeles (1/19/2015), NY Rangers (12/7/2008), Ottawa (1/14/2011), Toronto (1/15/2011)
    • 23 games: Anaheim (1/19/2004)

    If you add up all their current active losing streaks in arenas that aren’t Anaheim, it’s only 35 games combined.

    • Pizanno

      Tonight’s the night. A defensive gem (yes, they can happen) and they get home 6-7-1. .500 at the next home game. And away we go.

      C’mon people! Think positive!

      • jakethesnail

        Chad hasn’t lost a game in Anaheim, but he has never won a game either – in fact he hasn’t played a game in Anaheim!

        EDIT: But he has played against Anaheim!

        from flames website: “Johnson has played one game against Anaheim in his career, posting a shutout on Dec. 17, 2015 while he was a member of the Buffalo Sabres. In that win, he set the Buffalo franchise record for most saves in a regular season shutout with 44.”

        GO FLAMES GO!

    • Crash

      Thoughts from last night:
      1. Amazing that 18 y.o. Tkachuk can look that good in a 5-0 drubbing.

      2. I’m sick and tired of hearing about Elliott “Moral Victories” in Flames losses. (‘ BUT ELLIOTT PLAYED SOOO WELL LAST NIGHT…’ Pffff!)

      3. Streak ends tonight baby! Book it… BOOK IIIIIITTTTT!!!!!!!

      ;{

      (that’s my Movember Moustache btw)

    • Crash

      Watching DET. play the Oil. while I wait for our game to come on.

      The way DET. is playing as a 5 man unit and containing and frustrating McMuffin is a thing of beauty! You should see the way they attack as a 5 man unit and cycle in the O Zone; Like German engineering– only better… beautiful to watch.

      Do you have a brother Jeff Blashell?

      ;{

      • shaner

        they are playing exceptionally well, mcdcvid only has one point in this game, although maroon has missed a few 5 star chances….. unlike the 3 points he had against us in the first game

        • Crash

          Dude!

          Don’t B.S. a B.S.er… You’re a ‘Fugazi’– a fake…

          You’re an Oil. fan ALL THE WAY! Otherwise you would’ve called him McMuffin like I did…

          Nice try tho.. enjoy your little ‘Game’

          ;{

            • Crash

              It’s not original??? REALLY… : )
              And hate to break it to you ‘Shaner’, it would be slightly amusing if you were a Flames fan.

              But your tell was none of the above…. I went to U of A for 8 years so I know a thing or two about Edmonchuk (GREAT University town with excellent restaurants and cheap eats, btw). Your nickname has got Edmonton written all over it…

              But enjoy your time as a “Double Agent”… must be very EXCITING! for you

              ;{

      • madjam

        What game are you watching ? What are you on? McMuffin set up Hopkins for winning goal , and Oilers held Detroit to 22 shots whole game , and only about 4 in the last period . Your German engineering is full of rust . Oilers had little problem keeping Detroit to periphery play only .

        • Crash

          I respectfully disagree,

          It is true that Edmonton played a good road game– The Monster was, well… a Monster and they stuck around long enough to get the game winner on the PP. Then, they held on for dear life in the third were DET. was in the Oil end the whole period. Again, a perfect road game. But we can agree to disagree here… I don’t have a ‘Patent’ on hockey good ideas.

          • White Flag

            Detroit got 4 shots on goal the entire third period… the Oilers executed a near perfect shut down period in my opinion.
            Oilers were shaky in the first I’ll give you that but they tightened up their game after that and got a solid road win.

    • Crash

      I know this is a Flames Blog, but again, on a coaching angle– if you want to watch a properly executed EN drill, watch the last 2 min of the DET. V Oil. game. Although they didn’t score, DET forced the Oil into 3 icings and had a few really good looks; reminded me of the Flames in ’14-’15.

    • McRib

      Why in the world is Deryk Engelland our least mobile defender on the PK1 all season? Perry just played him like a fool!!! Edit: Just me tonight it seems (and a bunch of Oilers fans)…. Where did FN go? Lol.

      • I am Batman

        It’s what happens when the Shames aren’t doing well, the flame “fans” become NFL, basketball, curling and figure skating fans.

        The Dome will be empty and sad

    • I am Batman

      Cogliano!!!! Scores!!!!

      Andrew Cogliano, once an Oiler, always an Oiler.

      Take that Shames, in the meantime the real team from Alberta leading the Pacific…. its lonely at the top….

    • Crash

      What a loser that 24 y.o. Duck is fighting the 18 y.o. Tkachuk. #19 held his own, but Englland needs to have a long conversation with him when he’s out of the penalty box.

      • Crash

        I will as soon as you learn the difference between ‘your’ and ‘you’re’

        I just think it’s really LAME for someone to pretend they are Flames fans when they clearly are not. Just own it. At least Ghost has the balls to do that.

        Making comments like ‘Elliott is playing well tonight’ is just making yourself look foolish. have some self respect.

        ;{

    • I am Batman

      Ok , for the records: Crash is a good kid and a good fan.

      The only reason I’m here trolling is because we had a troll this afternoon trolling in Oilers Nation and I decided to exert justice, but I had enough.

      I am looking forward to both Oilers and flames being good to have intense BoA.

      Good night everyone, sorry you have that stupid coach, reminds me of Dallas Eakins, you deserve better

    • Muuule

      Ugghhh. I came here to check in how the game is going and have to suffer this. I can respect not wanting to moderate the comments; fine, but the writers and the Edmonton based owner need to think about the quality of their product. I come here for thoughtful comments, not trolls. Why are the writers not posting? Get it together FN!

      • Seanaconda

        I don’t post on this forum but I wanted to see what the guy trolling on oilers nation was saying. A couple flames fans bring it on you guys sorry.

        I heard your mods would delete /block guys for trolling but on oilersnation they just let them talk (flames trolls)
        so don’t think it’s anything against you guys in particular.

        Btw. Tho you guys are just beginning to suck. We have had the worst team for years I’m sure whatever trolling your bad start has garnered isn’t that bad.