Team Third Period, also known as the
Take your pick.
One came at the hands of a dynamic, risk-taking defenseman, youngster Hampus Lindholm, who scored his first playoff goal. The other came from a calming, almost stoic influence, goaltender
There was no reason for the Ducks to depart from their tried-and-true regular-season and playoff script. They turned up their intensity several notches in the final period and scored twice in the third to lock down a 3-0 victory over the
This gave the Ducks a 2-0 lead in their
The Ducks also tied a franchise record for best start in the playoffs with six straight wins.
Regarding the shutout, one got the sense it would be only a matter of time for Andersen, who faced 30 shots in Game 2, and had come within about half a period of a shutout in Game 1, a 6-1 Ducks victory Thursday.
"It's not really about that, it's about the win," Andersen said.
Lindholm was slightly more effusive. His goal made it 2-0 to give the Ducks some breathing room in the third period as he beat Flames goalie Karri Ramo at 11:15 with a wrist shot up high, after taking a drop pass from forward
"I tried to get it on net there and saw he cheated a little bit," Lindholm said. "And he was real square to me so I was trying to get it up high and I was lucky to get a goal there."
Perry, a student of goal-scoring, put it down to more than sheer luck.
"That was a heck of a shot," Perry said. "There's not too many guys who can make that shot. He put it right under the bar where he wanted to put it, a world-class shot."
Lindholm was a force all night, jumping up into the play but taking educated chances.
"A good offense is usually the best defense," he said. "If you can play in their zone, I tried to make my decisions when I really feel 100% sure I can get the puck down there and create offense."
Perry and Getzlaf assisted on the game's final goal, an empty-netter by center
It would not have stayed close without the effort of the Flames' Ramo, who was under siege all night, particularly in the first period when the Ducks outshot Calgary, 20-9.
"They were coming really hard in the third period until we got that one goal," Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau said. "I don't think by any chance or stretch of the imagination was this a dominant effort by us.
". . . I thought Ramo was better than good. When you play against a goalie that's playing like that, you start to really worry. Because you have to make sure that you're perfect. And we weren't perfect, but Freddie was there when we needed him to be there."
Ramo, who faced 33 shots, was the starter for Game 2 after coming on in relief for