Anaheim Ducks First Team to Move On in NHL Playoffs

Anaheim Ducks' Ryan Getzlaf, right, celebrates his empty-net goal with teammate Ryan Kesler during the third period of Game 4 in a first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series against the Calgary Flames on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Calgary, Alberta.

In game 3 the Ducks pulled off the huge comeback, coming back from a 4-1 deficit leading to the 5-4 overtime win.

John Gibson - Anaheim's netminder stopped 36 of 37 shots in a series-clinching 3-1 Game Four win at Calgary. "But I think he's not the only desperate one that's going to be out there".

Sean Monahan responded on the power play for the Flames, who entered the post-season as the first wild card in the Western Conference. Corey Perry's overtime victor deflected off his pad and off the back of a skate. "Whenever you can have some extra rest with guys a little banged up, it's only going to beneficial for us", he said. "I thought in the playoffs we played some really good hockey and we didn't get any results".

But you can't just rely on luck to go your way.

With veteran backup Chad Johnson the other option, Gulutzan didn't name his Game 4 starter until Wednesday morning.

"Right now, I'd say no as I'm standing here and the season's done".

While Carlyle said he'd made his mind made up on his Game 4, Flames counterpart Glen Gulutzan said he'd inform his choice later in the day.

Brian Elliott's night didn't last long.

The Flames are the first team eliminated in the playoffs.

Gillies is 23, or roughly the same age as John Gibson, Matt Murray and Connor Hellybuyck, other young goalies getting a chance for prime-time National Hockey League duty. Gibson and the Ducks' defense, however, stood up to the challenge and frustrated Calgary.

"Things changed over the course of the season and he got back here and got the opportunity", Carlyle said, "and he's been making the best of the opportunity he's been given".

Tom Wilson and TJ Oshie each scored two goals, and the Capitals beat the Maple Leafs in Toronto to leave their first-round playoff locked at 2-2. If the Ducks did get some partisan officiating in the first round against Calgary, it can be viewed as helping them get the rest they need even if Anaheim would have won anyway. Anaheim responded with one of the strongest starts we have seen from them in this series.

Frederik Andersen - Toronto's netminder gave up five goals on 27 shots in a 5-4 Game Four loss against Washington, leaving him with a.905 save percentage in the series. Anaheim's four-game sweep was the fifth in franchise history.

Calgary's second defence pairing of T.J. Brodie and Michael Stone was effective in the series, with the Flames controlling better than 57% of shot attempts at 5-on-5 with that tandem on the ice.

The Canadiens, Leafs and Oilers are all tied in their series and will play Game 5 on Thursday night.

Defenceman Cam Fowler (knee) skated separately from his teammates for the second time in as many days, but is not as close as Vatanen to a return.

"We move onto the next one and we know that it's only going to get tougher", Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said. In this series we had a little bit of everything.