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Ducks power play strikes to push Flames to brink of elimination


In what was a physical, chippy game on Friday, an undisciplined penalty proved costly for the Calgary Flames, who are now facing elimination.

At the end of the second period, Flames forward Joe Colborne got his stick up on Francois Beauchemin while trying to finish his check, resulting in a four-minute power play for the Ducks. And the Anaheim power play made Colborne and the Flames pay.

Just 1:11 into the third period, Matt Beleskey scored on that power play to give the Ducks the lead. That goal stood as the winner. Anaheim went on to win by a final score of 4-2, taking a 3-1 series lead.

“Frustrating,” Colborne told Sportsnet.ca. “Just trying to (walk) that line of being physical. I’m not going to comment on whether I liked (the call) or not, but that’s on me. I definitely let the boys down there.”

The Flames, who were also unsuccessful on a five-on-three power play in the third period when they were trailing by a goal, entered this series as the underdog. They’ll now need a massive comeback — they made a habit of doing that in third periods during the regular season — if they are to have any chance of getting back into this.

After falling behind a goal less than four minutes into the game, the Flames wasted no time battling back. The first six minutes featured three goals, with Sean Monahan and Micheal Ferland scoring 1:07 apart to give Calgary the lead.

The second period featured numerous turning points.

Frederik Andersen made a sprawling glove save on Johnny Gaudreau to keep it a one-goal game. It was a huge stop. Later in the period, Gaudreau was guilty of a turnover right in front of his own net, directly leading to Andrew Cogliano’s tying goal.

Game 5 goes Sunday in Anaheim.


Video: Andersen denies Gaudreau with sprawling glove save

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Johnny Gaudreau had a brilliant chance to give the Calgary Flames a two-goal lead early in the second period, but it was taken away on a brilliant save from Frederik Andersen.

After making the initial save on the point shot, Andersen sprawled to his left to make a spectacular glove save on Gaudreau, with the Flames leading 2-1.

How important was that save?

Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano forced a Gaudreau turnover in the slot and scored to tie the game late in the second period.

NHL on NBCSN: Ducks aim to play postseason-style hockey against Stars

Ryan Getzlaf, Cody Eakin

NBCSN will continue its coverage of the 2014-15 campaign tonight with a doubleheader. The second of the two contests will feature the Anaheim Ducks hosting the Dallas Stars, with the puck scheduled to drop at 10:30 p.m. ET. In addition to NBCSN, you can also watch the game and pre-show online.

The Stars have been a very good team lately and had they found a way to put it all together earlier in the season, they probably would have secured a postseason spot. The fact that they’re instead mathematically eliminated has caught some off guard, including Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano.

“Dallas – it’s pretty surprising they’re not in the playoffs because they’re so good,” Cogliano told the Orange County Register.

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For a while now Anaheim has been essentially — and now officially — locked into the first seed in the Pacific Division. Whether or not they finish with the top seed overall in the conference remains to be seen, but regardless they’re in a very comfortable position. That can be dangerous though. Teams that have to claw their way into the playoffs won’t have any trouble adjusting to the postseason atmosphere because they’ve been playing in it already. Meanwhile, Anaheim has to fight to stay sharp.

“You want to win the games, but I think you just got to play the game the right way and how you’re going to be playing once playoffs starts,” Cogliano said. “You just can’t turn it on. Those teams have been turned on for the last month or so.”

In that regard playing against Dallas should be a good test for the Ducks, because the Stars are a good team regardless of what their position in the standings might suggest. Although Dallas is also a squad with little left to play for, the Stars should still put forward a strong effort with an eye towards 2015-16.

“When you don’t make the playoffs playing in these games are tough,” Stars forward Tyler Seguin said, per the Dallas Morning News. “It’s frustrating. You try not to create bad habits. We have a mini training camp here, so we’ll work on our systematic stuff and try to get better.”

All of Dallas’ core players are under contract for the 2015-16 campaign, so the Stars will have another chance to show that this team can do great things. In the meantime, they have an opportunity to make a statement against one of the best squads in the league.

Ducks clinch Pacific Division title

Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry
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It’s official now.

The Anaheim Ducks will go into the Stanley Cup playoffs as the Pacific Division champs for a third consecutive year. The Ducks secured the title with a dominant 5-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday.

Next on their list of accomplishments would be the Presidents’ Trophy as the league’s top team during the regular season. With 107 points, they lead that race with three games remaining on their schedule.

The Ducks jumped out to a 4-0 lead, and secured the win with a penalty shot goal from Andrew Cogliano early in the third period. Corey Perry scored his 33rd goal of the season in the win, recording his 600th career point.

Ryan Kesler was scratched from the Ducks lineup.

From NHL.com:

The move was expected because Kesler is healing from what is believed to be an arm injury. He participated in the morning skate but Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau wouldn’t say if Kesler would play against the Oilers at Honda Center.

Ducks prep for ‘potential playoff matchup’ tonight in Calgary

Jonas Hiller, Kyle Palmieri, Patrick Maroon

With an 11-point lead in the Pacific Division, Anaheim is all but assured of opening the playoffs against one of the Western Conference’s two wild card teams.

One of those could very well be the Calgary Flames, who the Ducks will face tonight at the Saddledome.

“This could be a potential playoff matchup and you always want to play good against teams you think you could possibly play in the playoffs,”Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano explained, per NHL.com. “It’ll be a good game. We’ve had great games against them so far this year, especially in this building. We expect nothing else.”

Tonight’s game is big for both teams. Anaheim is looking to snap a two-game losing streak and bust out of its offensive slump, having scored just three goals over the losing skid. The Ducks are also looking to figure out their anemic power play, which has converted just once over the last 13 games.

The Flames, meanwhile, are fighting for their playoff lives.

Last night saw the Kings draw even on 77 points with a 5-2 win over Colorado, meaning Calgary’s hold on a postseason berth is now reliant on the ROW tiebreaker (Calgary leads L.A. 32 to 30.) A regulation loss tonight would see the Flames actually fall out of the playoff picture — the Kings would take the lead on superior points percentage — and the team knows it’s in tough given it has lost three straight to the Ducks, the last two by identical 6-3 scorelines.

“[Anaheim’s] definitely one of the best hockey clubs in the league,” Flames bench boss Bob Hartley explained. “You try to find weaknesses on that team, you better wake up early in the morning.”

The Flames will catch a break tonight, as the anticipated returns of forward Matt Beleskey and d-man Sami Vatanen have been delayed. Both are traveling with the Ducks for this Western road swing and were thought to be in the mix to return this evening, but it looks as though Anaheim head coach Bruce Boudreau will delay those returns until at least Friday, when his team plays in Minnesota.