The Ducks still lead the series, two games to one, but the fight put up by the resilient Flames will give the Ducks a lot to ponder before Game 4, to be played Friday at the
The Ducks had won their first six playoff games this spring, matching a club record, and had been remarkably poised until the frantic final minutes of the third period and the overtime.
The Ducks got the benefit of a dubious call late in the third period but couldn't hold off the still-resilient Flames, who pulled even with 19.5 seconds left.
With 6:17 left in the third period and the Ducks holding a 3-2 lead, it appeared that Calgary rookie Sam Bennett had scored what would have been the tying goal. Ducks goaltender
Replays seemed to show it had crossed the line. But after a long review process at the
That triggered boos from the crowd, but fans' mood quickly turned to ecstatic when Johnny Gaudreau scored his first goal of the series.
The Flames had a four-on-three manpower edge and pulled goaltender Karri Ramo to increase that advantage to five-on-three, and Gaudreau scored the team's first power-play goal of the series with a nasty shot from the right circle.
Minor penalties against
The Ducks held that 3-2 lead after 40 minutes. Calgary was credited with only four shots in the second period, one of them being its game-tying goal.
Maintaining their hard-won poise, the
Given a chance to extend their lead when Calgary forward
Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm, reaching for a pass at his offensive blue line, missed the puck and fell. That set
The Ducks protected that 2-1 lead for the rest of the period, deflating a crowd that had been screaming and roaring to support the home team.
The Ducks had an 8-5 edge in shots and an 11-5 edge in faceoffs, led by
His shot was blocked but
Calgary successfully rode the wave of their fans' emotions and scored first, at 2:07 of the first period.
The assists went to Markus Granlund and
But that lead didn't last long—only until 6:57.
Greetings from the
The Flames were expected to make one lineup change Tuesday. Coach Bob Hartley said defenseman
"If Raffy can give us some power-play time and give us some solid play in our zone, first pass out of the zone is always great, great shot, he's a veteran," Hartley said. "He's played in this league before so it's good news."
In addition, Hartley said he will make a game-time decision on whether to play forward Micheal Ferland, who missed Game 2 because of an undisclosed injury. Although Hartley separated his top trio of
The Ducks weren’t expected to make any changes.
One more Ducks note: center
"It's a pretty big guy to be following. Messier left quite the legacy on the game," Getzlaf said of the six-time
He also said the nomination is a tribute to his teammates' willingness to follow his lead for the good of the team.
"A lot of it does depend on your group. You can do anything you want but if guys aren't willing to buy in and do the things that we need to do, I don't look like much of a leader," he said. "I'm pretty fortunate to have the group that I have in here and the surrounding older players that do take the reins on this team."