By Michael Walters
The Anaheim Ducks have edged the Calgary Flames in each game by one goal and can advance to Round with a win tonight.
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In Game 3, it looked like Calgary was going to win easily. Early on the Flames were awarded several power plays and the Ducks gave up three power play goals. The Flames built a 4-1 lead halfway through the game. The Ducks were able to rally and tie the game at four apiece by the end of regulation. In overtime, Corey Perry was able to get the game-winner after he threw the puck on net, which deflected off a Calgary player and in.
Sami Vatanen did not play in Game 3 as he was out with an upper-body injury. The Ducks announced he will be out for Game 4 as well. John Gibson will get the start again tonight in Game 4.
Keys To The Game
The Ducks end this series tonight, which would be beneficial as the Sharks and Oilers need to play at least two more games to determine their series. The Ducks got down by three goals and were able to rally, but they can’t tempt fate and try to duplicate that again tonight. They need to get off to a good start like they did in Games 1 and 2. They need to play more discipline and avoid the penalty box. When they are shorthanded they need to play better on the penalty kill or the Flames could force a Game 6.
Anaheim Projected Lineup
John Gibson (Confirmed)
The Flames are down on their luck after building a 4-1 lead in Game 3 and letting it slip by. They got all the calls in Game 3 and still couldn’t prevail. They need to score early again, but keep playing the entire game. They let off the gas in the third period of Game 3 and it came back to bite them. They have to realize there is no tomorrow if they lose tonight.
Keys To The Game
The Flames did everything right in Game 3, except close it out. They forechecked out and drew penalties. They were extremely effective on the power play. Everything looked good for them after 40 minutes, but the last 20 minutes did them in. They are going to need a complete 60-minute effort tonight or they will be golfing today.
Calgary Projected Lineup
Brian Elliott (Probable)
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April 19th, 2017