Ducks vs. Flames: Keys to Anaheim’s Game 4 win

The Anaheim Ducks defeated the Calgary Flames, 4-2, on Friday night to take a commanding three games to one lead in the best-of-seven playoff series.

The Ducks can advance to the Western Conference finals with a win in Game 5 on Sunday evening in Anaheim.

Here are three key to the Ducks’ 4-2 win:

1) Back in Calgary after enjoying the flora and fauna of Banff, the Ducks initially played more like the flighty deer they had seen than like the grizzly bears. But they picked up the pace by the end of the period and went on to record yet another come-from-behind victory.


2) Stupid penalties often come back to haunt the team that commits them, and that happened to the Flames on Friday. Joe Colborne was assessed a double-minor for high-sticking Francois Beauchemin as the second period ended, and the Ducks capitalized on that advantage with Matt Beleskey’s power-play goal at 1:11 of the third period.

3) The Ducks were guilty of two unnecessary penalties of their own in the third period, giving the Flames a five-on-three manpower edge for 56 seconds. But the Ducks killed off both penalties and allowed only two shots during that time.