Bruce Boudreau knew what they were in for.

“They don’t play like they’re trying to end the season,” the head coach of the Anaheim Ducks was saying of the Calgary Flames at the morning skate prior to an 8 p.m. contest at the Scotiabank Saddledome. “We’ve played them six times since I’ve been here. Five of them have been one-goal games and then the 5-2 game last time. But every game is tight. And the last time we were in this building it was 2-1. We’re not at a stage right now where we can say ‘Hey, boys we’re playing a team that’s way down in the standings.’”

Because, as the visiting boss knew long before Wednesday’s 7-2 paddling — a game which was over by the first period and everyone in the building knew — the Flames are not what they seem.

Or what their 27th-placed record (26-33-7) in the National Hockey League standings indicate.

Nope, the Flames picked right where they left off in Monday’s third period against the Los Angeles Kings and skated right out of the gates on Wednesday against another playoff-hunting squad.

After staging a comeback against the Kings in the last five minutes, the home boys jumped out to a 4-0 lead after 20 against the fragile-looking Ducks.

Accounting for the quick start: Mark Giordano, T.J. Galiardi (short-handed), Michael Cammalleri (on a power play), and Mikael Backlund.

The pressure continued in the second period when Backlund netted another short-handed tally to make it 5-0 with only 1:31 off the clock in the second period. The stick-side marker on relief pitcher Frederik Andersen was the Swede’s 16th of the year and gave the Flames a league-leading 11 short-handed goals this season.

The Ducks were given a bit of life when Andrew Cogliano made quick work of a no-look pass behind his net by Jakob Silfverberg at the halfway point of the second period.

But with 1:11 remaining, Ladislav Smid gave Calgary a sixth (snapping a 54 game goalless drought) and the visitors hung their heads to the dressing room.