To a man the Calgary Flames bristle when somebody mentions their losing skid in Anaheim.

Talk of the franchise’s last victory at the Honda Center coming way back on Jan. 19 2004 is deemed as ancient history or irrelevant.

If the Flames want to stop the chatter every time they head to this part of Southern California there’s an obvious solution: Win.

Sure easier said than done but the Flames once again went to the house that Mickey Mouse built and once again left on the losing side in Wednesday’s 3-2 defeat to the Ducks.

One of the biggest reasons the building originally known as The Pond has been a house of horrors for the Flames for an eternity has been slow starts by the visitors.

The latest remake of Disappointment in Disneyland came with that age-old script with the first act all about falling behind as was the case thanks to first-period goals by Dustin Penner and Kyle Palmieri that made it 2-0 before the announced crowd of 14051.

“They come out hard and we weren’t sharp” assessed Flames captain Mark Giordano. “I made a bad play on their first goal. I had to get the puck in deep but they came back and got the goal.

“You’ve got to give credit their best players make plays when you give them chances but we gave them a couple goals we feel shouldn’t happen. Other than that we didn’t play that bad of a game. On the road we were down one goal with 15 minutes left and had plenty of chances. We just couldn’t find the way to get the tying goal.”

For those needing the update Calgary has now lost 17 consecutive regular-season games in Anaheim (0-12-5) and has an abysmal run of 27 games with only one victory which dates back to late in the 1998-99 campaign.

To put those games in perspective Calgary’s 2013 first-round draft choice Sean Monahan was nine years old the last time the Flames won a non-playoff game in Anaheim. (The player pegged to be a cornerstone of the future was four years old when the 27-game run began.)

To their credit the Flames didn’t roll over although it could have been ugly just before the first intermission when Tim Jackman was assessed a major penalty and game-misconduct for butt-ending. (Coach Bob Hartley said on the replay Jackman hit Ducks defenceman Sami Vatanen with just his glove although it was foolish to even make such a play.)

Somehow the Flames made the situation give them momentum when Lee Stempniak’s shorthanded goal put them on the board.