Calgary Flames

Ducks earn some time to rest and think

Ducks earn some time to rest and think

Only a few minutes had passed since Randy Carlyle had won his first playoff series in eight years, dating back to his first incarnation as the Ducks’ coach, so he wasn’t quite prepared Wednesday night to dissect the hows and whys of their sweep of the Calgary Flames in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

But he didn’t need to analyze video to be sure of one truth right away, while the Scotiabank Saddledome still echoed with cheers from a crowd that pulsated with energy throughout the Ducks’ series-clinching, 3-1 victory over the Flames.

“We know that it’s only going to get tougher,” Carlyle said of his team’s playoff path. “It’s as simple as that. It’s only going to...

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