Anaheim Ducks oust Calgary Flames from National Hockey League playoffs with 3-1 victory

Goaltending intrigue arises for Game 4 of Ducks-Flames playoff series

Ducks vs. Flames: Calgary must put together a complete 60 minutes in Game 4

Minnesota Wild's Martin Hanzal, of the Czech Republic, and St. Louis Blues' Jaden Schwartz, right, chase the loose puck during the second period in Game 4 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in St. Louis.

The Flames were in every game, including the series clinching 3-1 loss at Scotiabank Saddledome, but were unable to push the series to a Game 5 due to various failings.

Calgary was the first team eliminated from this year's playoffs. "Penalties, mistakes, all the little details". He carried the team for a little bit there to help us get into the playoffs. Many felt like Johnson should have been given the start after Elliott's rough performance in Game 3. If the Sharks get through then arguably that's a team that's only an artificial second rounder, one that has had hope injected into its post-season by seemingly-partisan officiating.

Only a few minutes had passed since Randy Carlyle had won his first playoff series in eight years, dating back to his first incarnation as the Ducks' coach, so he wasn't quite prepared Wednesday night to dissect the hows and whys of their sweep of the Calgary Flames in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Kane and Toews each had one goal in the series. Instead of a bounce-back, they got another back-breaker when, 5:38 into the contest, Eaves swept a harmless-looking shot from the half-wall that somehow squeezed under Elliott and into the net. "We have to be better than we were last night that's for sure". For certain, I see this as a motive for the not-so-neutral National Hockey League to influence games and I think they would want San Jose to stay alive in the playoffs over Edmonton.

That's all you can really do.

Who takes home Game 4?

"But this is sports and when you're on the winning side, hopefully you've taken advantage of some of the things you were presented with and I think that's the way it worked out for us". Chad Johnson stopped 20 of the 21 shots he faced.

St. Louis Blues' Vladimir Tarasenko, of Russian Federation, brings the puck down the ice as Minnesota Wild's Marco Scandella, left, watches during the second period in Game 4 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in St. Louis. "You can't discredit the opposition in the Calgary Flames with the way they played".

In Boston, Bobby Ryan scored early in the third period, Craig Anderson stopped 22 shots and Ottawa grabbed a 3-1 lead in its first-round playoff series.

In Toronto, Tom Wilson and T.J. Oshie each scored two goals, and Washington beat the Maple Leafs to leave their first-round playoff series tied at two games apiece.

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"They're feeling pretty good about themselves and we're happy to have them back into the fold".

Two years ago when Calgary last made the playoffs, the team was dubbed the "Find-a-way Flames" for their ability to always find a way to win. This series, they kept finding a way to lose.

"We had some veterans that delivered in situations", said Carlyle, who turned 61 on Wednesday.

Elliott had an uncharacteristically tough season given how he had performed across his past three campaigns. We didn't get the goals when we needed late. Beyond his goaltending dilemma, Treliving will also need to sign or acquire at least one more top-four defenceman. "If you rewind the series you can see some tipping points where we made some mistakes".

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