After routing the Calgary Flames in the opener of their second-round playoff series and scoring a goal while putting goaltender Karri Ramo under constant siege Sunday in the first period of Game 2, the Ducks appeared to be skating on an easy path to another playoff victory.
The contest instead turned into a nail-biter, with the Ducks pressured into protecting a 1-0 lead most of the evening.
A third-period goal by Hampus Lindholm off a slick pass from Corey Perry and an empty-net goal by Nate Thompson lifted them to a hard-earned 3-0 victory and gave them a sweep of the first two games at Honda Center.
The series moves to Calgary for Game 3 on Tuesday and Game 4 on Friday.
Including their first-round sweep of Winnipeg, the Ducks have now won six straight postseason games.
The Ducks continued to cling to that 1-0 lead in the third period, a dangerous strategy.
But goalie Frederik Andersen was doing his job, and his teammates rewarded him by providing an insurance goal at 11:15.
Defenseman Hampus Lindholm, active all night, took a pass from a backskating Corey Perry and whipped a shot past goalie Karri Ramo for the 2-0 lead.
Neither team scored in the second period, though the
Perhaps their best opportunity occurred after a giveaway by Francois Beauchemin in the
Through two periods the Ducks had a 29-21 edge in shots and were leaving their fans quite uneasy that their lead was only 1-0.
Andersen was up to the task, as Calgary goalie Karri Ramo had been in the first period when the Ducks were cycling the puck with little resistance.
Calgary goaltender Karri Ramo earned his pay -- and his teammates' paychecks, too -- by stopping 19 shots. Many were from close range.
The Ducks were credited with 20 shots in the period and took nine other shots that were blocked and five more that were off target. The Ducks also outhit the Flames, 16-15.
Anaheim finally got one past
As it turns, out, Micheal Ferland did not play and was instead among the
After sweeping the
With an extra day off between Game 1 and Sunday’s second game at
The Ducks’ power play during the season ranked 28th in the
"It's definitely something that we've been working very hard at," he said. "For whatever reasons things might not be clicking so much for you during the regular season and it's hard to get a lot of time to work on it specifically, but in the playoffs you have a lot more time spread out where you can work on special teams. You can really focus in on a few key aspects that you're trying to work on.
"The other thing is, we really wanted to have that mentality to make teams pay on the scoreboard if they wanted to get physical or if they wanted to rough up some of our key guys. There's no better way to stop a team from doing that than to score a couple power-play goals. I think it just got us going early, especially in that Winnipeg series, and momentum's a huge thing on a power play. Hopefully we can keep that going."
Balanced scoring also has carried the Ducks to this point. Eleven players have scored at least one goal and 16 of the 20 skaters who have appeared in the playoffs have recorded at least one point.
"It's huge," Perry said. "Any time you can have secondary scoring, you're going to need it to be successful, to win in the playoffs. It's not going to be one line every single night. It's going to be a combination of lines, a combination of different people at different times. They can be a different hero every single night."
Fowler said contributions from support players can make a key difference if opponents key on Getzlaf's line.
"Come playoff time, teams are definitely going to give most of their focus to the big guys, Getzlaf and Perry and those guys. So secondary scoring come playoff time is huge," Fowler said.
"Those guys have still been finding ways to get their points and get their goals but we've had a lot of other guys step up when they've needed to and get big goals when it called for them. And that's going to be huge. You have to have secondary scoring if you plan on going where we want to go."
The Ducks planned no lineup changes Sunday, which means