What We Learned From Game 1:
The 'taking and receiving hits' part of hockey is really not Calgary's strong suit. Exhibit A: Micheal Ferland trying (and ultimately failing) to smear Nate Thompson along the boards, or even knock him off the puck, for that matter.
GIF: Ferland took a beating in the first, actually pic.twitter.com/XAaGbeaJMe— Stephanie Vail (@myregularface) May 1, 2015
Johnny Gaudreau was also benched for the entire third period to protect him from any potential injuries. The Flames were already down 4-0 after 40 minutes, and as Coach Bob Hartley said, "I felt that they were taking way too many liberties on him. I felt that at the score, I just kept him on the bench." Makes sense, since it's pretty easy for a guy to get thrown around like a ragdoll when everyone else has at least 30 pounds on him.
Also, the Ducks really couldn't care less about Jonas Hiller's feelings towards this series.
Jonas Hiller really showed the Ducks they were wrong about him by losing his starting job ten minutes into this series.— Fear The Fin (@fearthefin) May 1, 2015
Sorry, buddy. Business is business.
The Ducks' power play is still rolling along at a strong clip, going 2-for-4 on Thursday night to bring their postseason conversion rate to a nice 33.3%. The Ducks are tied for the Minnesota Wild for the playoff lead in that category, so maybe two of the season's most abysmal man-up units were just preserving their stockpiles or something? The PK is still hanging tough as well, negating 87.5% of their penalties thus far, second out of the remaining teams only to the Washington Capitals 95%.
Finally, Corey Perry is just too good. He's undoubtedly been one of, if not the biggest priority for Winnipeg and Calgary, and he still cannot be contained. His four-point performance Thursday night was his third multi-point game of the 2015 postseason. It wasn't even the first time in these playoffs he's been that productive!
Per Elias, Corey Perry is the first player w/ multiple four-point games in a single playoff since Keith Primeau in 2004.— Curtis Zupke (@curtiszupke) May 1, 2015
He now has 11 points in only five games. Ryan Getzlaf isn't far behind him with 8 points.
What Needs to Change From Last Game:
Uhh... not much. Maybe avoid turnovers like the ones that led to Calgary's first breakaway and their only goal? Other than that, I got nothing. Maybe that "1" that followed "CGY" on the scoreboard at the end of the game. That number could be improved on a little bit.
Seen enough tweets for one game preview yet? No? Good! A few questions about who would and wouldn't play for the Flames in Game 2 lingered at the end of Thursday night, and some of them were answered on Friday:
As per Bob Hartley, Karri Ramo will start Game 2.— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) May 1, 2015
Hartley also said he expects Micheal Ferland to play in Game 2. Said there's no issue with Ferland's head after two hits he took.— Eric Stephens (@icemancometh) May 1, 2015
Jiri Hudler practiced with the team yesterday, and Hartley confirmed that he will be back for Game 2 as well. Another Flame that will potentially return tonight is Raphael Diaz, who would be playing for the first time since April 2.
Hartley experimented with new lines at Anaheim Ice yesterday, alternating Sam Bennett in with the top line of Hudler, Monahan, and Gaudreau. In Bennett's place alongside Mikael Backlund and Joe Colborne was David Jones. Brandon Bollig and Josh Jooris were centered by Matt Stajan, while David Wolf, Markus Granlund, Mason Raymond, and Drew Shore cycled within a line together.
The Ducks' lines in practice yesterday were comparatively much more consistent:
Patrick Maroon - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry
Matt Beleskey - Ryan Kesler - Jakob Silfverberg
Andrew Cogliano/Tomas Fleischmann - Rickard Rakell - Kyle Palmieri
Emerson Etem/Jiri Sekac - Nate Thompson - Tim Jackman
Hampus Lindholm - Francois Beauchemin
Cam Fowler - Simon Despres
Clayton Stoner - Sami Vatanen
After losing in Anaheim for the umpteenth time and subsequently facing a 2-0 deficit in the series, the Flames decide to take a team trip to Disneyland to lift their spirits on their way out of town. Johnny Gaudreau is too small to ride any of the big rides.