Anaheim holds a 3-2 lead in Game 4 tonight in Calgary. If the Ducks hold on for the win, they could close out the best-of-seven series on Sunday evening in Anaheim.
The Ducks hold a slight statistical edge in shots (28-27), hits (23-22) and faceoffs (33-30).
The game turned on a four-minute minor penalty assessed to the
His penalty carried over to the third period and the Ducks quickly took advantage. Left wing
It was the first time the Ducks had the lead in the game since the 2:50 mark of the first period. Assisting on the goal were
The Anaheim Ducks will look for another strong third-period performance to try to take control of the second-round playoff series against the Flames.
Calgary has outshot the Ducks, 19-18. The Ducks have outhit the Flames, 20-19, and won more faceoffs, 28-24.
Calgary seemingly had the momentum before the Gaudreau mistake, having killed off a bench minor penalty for too many men on the ice at 14:26.
Action is growing increasingly heated in the
Calgary is still leading 2-1 but both teams have had Grade A-scoring chances.
Andersen's counterpart, the
They looked refreshed and revitalized in the first period.
Yes, that happened to be the Flames. The team that did not go to Banff for a brief mountain retreat between the games.
Calgary gave up a goal early but stormed back with a strong effort and leads 2-1 after one period. They traded goals in a 39-second span, with the Ducks scoring on the power play and Calgary responding with Sean Monahan's first goal, and first point, of this second-round playoff series.
Flames linemate Johnny Gaudreau did the heavy lifting on the play, off the rush, turning Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm inside out to set up Monahan.
Micheal Ferland's unassisted goal, a blast from the left circle made it 2-1 Calgary, at 5:44.
The Flames outshot the Ducks, 11-9, in the opening period.
With his assist on Silfverberg's goal, Ducks defenseman
The frantic pace of the opening minutes slowed a bit but the
It is still 2-1 Flames but the Ducks did not have a shot on goal after
If you like goals, well, there were plenty of them early in Game 4 of this second-round playoff series.
Anaheim scored first and its lead lasted all of 39 seconds.
Calgary responded at 4:37 with Sean Monahan's goal, set up by linemate Johnny Gaudreau's skill and speed, while Micheal Ferland put the Flames ahead, 2-1, with an unassisted goal at 5:44.
As expected, the
Anaheim starters: Goalie
Calgary starters: Goalie Karri Ramo, defensemen TJ Brodie and
So, will the
Well, we won't truly know for a couple more hours. Maybe longer if there is overtime in Game 4, like there was in Game 3. The scheduled start time for Game 4 is 7:30 p.m. here, 6:30 back in Los Angeles.
The Ducks are leading the best-of-seven series, two games to one.
"I think it was good to get away," Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau after Friday's morning skate. "If you're in Calgary, it's so hockey-mad at this point. Everybody, where you turn, there would have been something written, something on TV and everything.
"I think the guys came away refreshed, as maybe silly as that sounds in a day and a half. It was good. I'm glad we went. I didn't know whether it would be a good thing or a bad thing. But we took the chance and I thought it was good work for the guys to get there and to get out without the scrutiny of being around Calgary."
There are definite lineup changes for the Ducks and a probable tweak for the
Tomas Fleischmann will return to the lineup for Anaheim, appearing for the first time since Game 4 of the first-round series against Winnipeg. He moves to the third line in place of youngster
It appears as though forward