On Wednesday night in Calgary, the Anaheim Ducks completed the four-game sweep of the Flames. John Gibson made 36 saves in the series clincher for the Ducks, who swept a best-of-7 series for the fifth time in their history. They will play the winner of the first-round series between the Edmonton Oilers and San Jose Sharks. That series is tied, 2-2.
Game Three was a devastating loss after blowing a 4-1 lead and eventually losing in OT. The Flames could never recover from that and went on to lose 3-1 in Game Four.
Game One: Ducks 3 Flames 2
Game Two: Ducks 3 Flames 2 (OT)
Game Three: Ducks 5 Flames 4 (OT)
Game Four: Ducks 3 Flames 1
When the Flames acquired Brian Elliott at the 2016 NHL Draft, they thought he would be the guy to get them to the next level. Unfortunately, he was really bad, posting a 0-3-1 record with .880 SV% and 3.88 GAA. In the playoffs, that is just not going to get it done. Another guy who was thought to be spectacular, was not. Johnny Gaudreau just was not good enough. There was barely any mention of his name throughout the series.
With Anaheim not having Cam Fowler for the whole series and Sami Vatanen for three games, the young defensemen of Shea Theodore, Brandon Montour, Josh Manson and Hampus Lindholm all had to step up in Fowlers absence. Theodore lead the way with five points (2G, 3A) with an ATOI of 20:08. At 21 years old, he was outstanding in this series.
What to expect from Ducks:
With Anaheim dominating Calgary in their series, what can we expect from them in the next series? First, the Ducks will have some time to rest and get healthy. If the Ducks can get Fowler and Vatanen back, it makes them much scarier. They will be facing a team coming off a hard fought series that is leaning towards a Game Seven. Either team Anaheim faces, whether its the Sharks or the Oilers, it will be a battle to get to the Western Conference Finals. With all the time off that the Ducks will have, some people will say they could be rusty going into the next series. Which will it be though; a well-rested team, or a rusty team?
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