Can the Anaheim Ducks establish a 2-0 lead on the Calgary Flames when the two meet up tonight at 10:30PM ET in Game 2 of their series?
Calgary lost its 29th consecutive game at Honda Center, dating to the 2006 playoffs.
With the help of a fortunate bounce, Anaheim center Ryan Getzlaf again captained his team to a victory over the visiting Calgary Flames, scoring the game-winning goal late in the third period to lift the Ducks to a 3-2 victory on Saturday night. The Ducks did that in the third period, after wearing Calgary's tire tracks in the second period.
No one celebrated as the chaotic scene had many confused while goalie John Gibson fished the puck out of the net.
"Lucky", Getzlaf said of his goal.
"It was kind of not a good period for us", Getzlaf said. He was one of the best Flames players and had two primary assists on both goals the Flames had, one coming on the powerplay. "There was about three or four sticks in between". That's the way it happens sometimes.
However, if they choose to focus on revenge, complain about the refereeing or get involved in the street fights on the ice that agitators like Kesler, Getzlaf and Corey Perry love to instigate, then the Flames will fall quickly and the Ducks will probably cruise to an easy series win.
"It's one game", Calgary's Troy Brouwer said beforehand.
Jakob Silfverberg and Rickard Rakell also scored for the Ducks, while Gibson finished with 35 saves.
"We were treating this the way it needs to be treated", he said. Calgary rallied from an early two-goal deficit and repeatedly threatened to take the lead before that heartbreaking deflection.
In Game 1, Getzlaf led the Ducks in ice time with almost 24 minutes played.
Playoff fever has hit Calgary and Flames fans are getting their finest red gear ready for tonight's big game. Thought we did a ton of good things. He looked sharp. You're expecting a lot. The preparation to get here, there's a lot of questions that need to be answered and they're always directed to you. Calgary has never done well at Anaheim and their demons there haunted them in Game 1.
Hamilton hauled him down, earned his own trip to the sin bin and had just five seconds to settle in before Getzlaf's blast glanced off the stick of Engelland and re-routed for the top shelf. "We've got to keep playing". "Just an unlucky bounce, I think". He doesn't usually miss by that much, you know.
It isn't clear if Carlyle will employ Ritchie for Game 2 but the coach said the winger's big frame could play well in a physical series. And with that, he opened the door on the possibility he could become available if the series were to go the seven-game distance. Brandon Montour won a puck battle along the board and Silfverberg grabbed the puck and snapped a hard wrist shot past Elliott. The second penalty was taken just after the Ducks tied the game 2-2. The play was reviewed, and it was ruled the puck did cross the line, but Chiasson was said to have interfered with Gibson.
Nobody on the Flames' roster was more undisciplined in Game 1 than Dougie Hamilton, who took three minor penalties. I wasn't in love with his performance last night, though. Korbinian Holzer made his playoff debut in place of Vatanen. Anaheim is 47-23-13 on the season following the win while going 30-8-4 at home.
Getzlaf's leading-man play began to show in the Ducks' playoff push during March and Carlyle pointed out that the center was energized after the team's league-mandated bye week. He hadn't suited up since leaving the Flames' game at Anaheim on April 4 after just a few minutes with a lower-body injury.
Let's face it; the Ducks have won a Stanley Cup and know how to do two things very well. The bruising power forward was suspended for the opener after punching Chicago's Michal Rozsival in Anaheim's penultimate regular-season game.style="text-align: center;"