Round 1 - Game 2
Saturday, April 15th, 7:30 PM PST
TV: NBCSN, CBC, TVAS, PRIME
Radio: AM 830, AnaheimDucks.com
Your Enemy: Matchsticks & Gasoline
After a thrilling game 1 win on Thursday, the Ducks head into game 2 of the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs with momentum and confidence.
It wasn't an easy win, with the Flames holding a 2-1 lead at one point. There was also the 5-on-3 power play handed to Calgary in the final few minutes of the game.
We also had the birth of a meme: #Keslering, after the centerman blocked a shot, then promptly sat on the puck to eat up the remaining time. Just sit on the ground with your back hunched and legs straight out and closed, and you too can be a meme master.
The Ducks will continue to look to their captain to lead them in this game. Ryan Getzlaf seemingly did nothing but impose his will on Calgary and controlled the game from the second he set foot on the ice. Calgary had no answer for him or for the shutdown line of Cogliano-Kesler-Silfverberg.
The Ducks bottom six, however, had issues keeping up. While Antonie Vermette and Corey Perry had their standout moments, the Flames speed caused several issues against them and the Ducks bottom pairing of Theodore and Bieksa.
If game 1 was any indication, it's that Calgary is going to come out with their foot on the gas and not make it easy for this Anaheim team.
After a solid game 1 performance, John Gibson is expected to be back in the crease tonight for Anaheim, while Brian Elliot, who also had a great game for the Flames on Thursday, should man the net for Calgary.
Chad Johnson, the Flames backup who has been out with an injury, is expected to be available to relieve Elliot if needed.
The Ducks also sent Ondrej Kase back to San Diego today to make room for Nick Ritchie. Ritchie is coming back from a two game suspension for sucker-punching Chicago's Michael Rozsival on April 6th.
Stat Pack (Regular Season)
|ANAHEIM DUCKS||versus||CALGARY FLAMES|
|46-23-13, 105 Pts||Record||45-33-4, 94 Pts|
|1st in Pacific, 6th in NHL||Standings||4th in Pacific, 15th in NHL|
|18.7% (17th)||Power Play||20.2% (10th)|
|84.7% (4th)||Penalty Kill||81.6% (12th)|
|Rickard Rakell (33G)||Goals||Sean Monahan (27G)|
|Ryan Getzlaf (58A)||Assists||Johnny Gaudreau (43A)|
|Getzlaf (73P)||Points||Gaudreau (61P)|
|Andrew Cogliano (3SHG)||SH||(2SHG)|
|Cam Fowler (RIP) (24:50), Kesler (21:18)||TOI/GP (D&F)||(23:34); Gaudreau (18:29)|
|Cogliano (53.92), Hampus Lindholm (53.65)||SAT% 5on5 (F&D)||Matthew Tkachuk (55.92); Dougie Hamilton (55.65)|