Ducks rest up and await winner of Oilers-Sharks

Ducks rest up and await winner of Oilers-Sharks

Ducks rest up and await winner of Oilers-Sharks

One of the biggest questions is who will play goal for the Flames next year.

Gibson made 36 saves to help backstop Anaheim to a 3-1 win in Game 4 on Wednesday night that helped the Ducks sweep the Calgary Flames. Pekka Rinne was the standout for Nashville, allowing just three goals while facing 126 shots. Anaheim Ducks' Logan Shaw, right, is checked by Calgary Flames' Freddie Hamilton during the second period of Game 4 in a first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Calgary, .

The Flames would make a push in the third to try and tie the game and extend their season.

The 21-year-old Ducks defenceman from Langley, B.C., has gone from a bubble player to contributor quickly in his National Hockey League playoff debut. Anaheim responded with one of the strongest starts we have seen from them in this series. The Ducks improved to 12-4 against Calgary all-time in the postseason, going 8-1 in their last two series meetings.

A few early chances for Anaheim then bore fruit less than six minutes into the game. Eaves picked up a loose puck on the left wing wall, nearly right on the goal line.

A sharp-angled shot by Eaves slid under Elliott's pads on Anaheim's third shot of the game.

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Things didn't start well for Johnson, either. Calgary coach Glen Gulutzan pulled his starter after the goal in favor of back up Chad Johnson. Brian Elliott continues to struggle against Anaheim, stopping just 22 of the 27 shots he faced. In game 3 the Ducks pulled off the huge comeback, coming back from a 4-1 deficit leading to the 5-4 overtime win. All of the sudden the air seemed to have been sucked out of the Saddledome.

Anaheim then proceeded to start #Keslering on their lead.

"It's more about a rest for our group", Getzlaf said. Not only for us but for them personally, that they're not under the pressure to get back in with a game coming up on Friday or a game coming up on Sunday. Flames C Sean Monahan finished with four goals and an assist, while RW Kris Versteeg had a goal and three helpers in four contests. Gibson and the Ducks' defense, however, stood up to the challenge and frustrated Calgary.

Calgary revived on Monahan's redirection of a Kris Versteeg feed at 16:07 to trail by a goal heading into the third. Calgary has a trio of promising youngsters in the pipeline (Jon Gillies, David Rittich and Tyler Parsons) and at some point, they will need to feed one of them into the lineup.

Also by taking care of business, the Ducks will have time to recover from injuries to their defensemen. He spit out a fat rebound right into the slot and Thompson buried it for his second goal in two games. As the Flames left the ice, their fans gave them a well-deserved standing ovation. On top of all this, Anaheim simply will be the better-rested team in the second round as they get to sit around and rest for several days while their future opponents labor to get to where Anaheim already are. Finding the puck in his feet, the captain skated it to the red line and deposited a long shot in the empty net, icing the game. That, and the fact that six of the 10 teams who swept their opponents in the first round since 2005-06 were eliminated in the second round, will have to be kept in mind before placing high expectations on the Ducks in the second round, where they will face the victor of the series between the San Jose Sharks and the Edmonton Oilers.

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