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One Goal For The Calgary Flames Tonight- Win

from Kristen Odland of the Calgary Herald,

The Calgary Flames are all out of second chances and have no more last life lines left to call.

Sunday — Game 5 of their second-round Stanley Cup playoff series against the Anaheim Ducks — is their final hope of extending their Cinderella season.

After Friday’s 4-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks, they trail 3-1 in the best-of-seven series.

“We want to keep going,” said Flames head coach Bob Hartley Saturday afternoon as the team prepared to load up to head back to the Happiest Place on Earth. “This has been a great season for us. I know how resilient our players have been. It’s not that we’re down 1-3 or we haven’t won in Anaheim. We need to win one game. Let’s bring it back to the ‘C’ of Red and, after this, let’s see what happens.

“But we need to win (Sunday) night, plain and simple.”

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Bruce Boudreau Only Thinking About Tonight

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Boudreau, speaking on a conference call with reporters Saturday after the Ducks returned from Calgary, said he's not preoccupied with thoughts of facing the Chicago Blackhawks in the West final. First in his mind, as it should be, is subduing the Flames, who haven't gone down quietly since the Ducks' series-opening 6-1 rout.

"I try not to think about it," Boudreau said. "I know it's cliched, but I'm just trying to think about tomorrow. Because if you think about tomorrow and it goes successfully then everything else will take care of itself and you'll have enough time to think about the other thing. So I haven't put really any thought into playing Chicago at all....

"The last two games, even three games, have been so tough that the minute you start thinking about putting the cart before the horses you're in trouble. We've got a really tough opponent who will be very, very motivated [Sunday] and if we're not completely with our minds set on them, we're in trouble."

Reaching the conference final would bring him personal vindication, but Boudreau dodged that discussion.

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The Calgary Flames Now Face Elimination

from Kristen Odland of the Calgary Herald,

Facing elimination on Sunday in Game 5 at the Honda Center — a position they put themselves in after their belief carried them to a 4-3 overtime win in Tuesday’s Game 4 as, yet again, another comeback victory — the Flames are behind 3-1 in the best-of-seven second-round series.

“We know our situation … obviously, we need to win,” said Flames head coach Bob Hartley. “We’ll be a desperate group, as always. I know that everyone that’s going to get on the plane (Saturday) believes we can go and get Game 5 and force a Game 6 here.

“That’s the identity of this organization all year. A tough loss, we’re going to swallow it. (Saturday) we’ll be back at work.”

On this night, however, their resilient nature wasn’t enough.

Joe Colborne’s uncharacteristic high-sticking penalty on Francois Beauchemin at the end of the second period led to Matt Beleskey’s game-winning goal 1:11 into the third period. Patrick Maroon scored an empty-netter with 36.7 seconds left on the clock to ice it.

The Flames had a 56-second five-on-three in the third — which had been similar to the final minutes of Tuesday’s game which saw Johnny Gaudreau connect with 19.5 seconds left to force overtime. But they couldn’t connect.

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The Calgary Flames Need Another Home Win

from Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun,

If you’ve been following this second-round showdown between the Flames and Ducks, you know Honda Center has been a house of horrors for the crew from Calgary. In fact, they have lost 21 straight contests in Anaheim, a skid that dates back to April 25, 2006.

So the idea of facing elimination just down the street from Disneyland is ... well ... downright frightening.

With a victory Friday in Game 4 at the Saddledome (7:30 p.m., Sportsnet/Sportsnet 960 The Fan), the Flames can avoid that.

Or, at least, delay it.

“Obviously, they have home-ice advantage, so you have to win one there,” said Flames right-winger David Jones. “To get the win last game was a huge game. And now, it’s going to be equally important. We don’t want to go back into their building down 3-1.”

The Flames were down 3-2 in the final moments of Tuesday’s Game 3, but Calder Trophy candidate Johnny Gaudreau picked the top shelf with 19.5 ticks left in the regulation to force overtime and centre Mikael Backlund snaked a shot through traffic on a delayed penalty call in the extra session.

Game over.

Series on.

“I think we’ve given them some life in the series now, which is never a good thing, especially against a pesky Calgary team, a team that really enjoys playing in their own building,” Ducks defenceman Cam Fowler told reporters after Thursday’s practice in Banff. “We understand that we’ve given them some confidence for Game 4 but, when it comes down to it, if we do the things we can do as a team, we feel like we’re a difficult group to handle.

“We have to come with a good response in Game 4 and try and put another stranglehold on the series.”

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The Anaheim Ducks Move On From Game 3 Loss

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

The poise, patience and discipline that had become the Ducks' hallmark in their sweep of Winnipeg and their first two victories over the Flames deserted them on Tuesday. The Flames pushed them, and for the first time in this series—for the first time in seven playoffs games this spring — the Ducks didn't push back.

Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf, the voice of calm this season and in the postseason, maintained his cool after the game, setting a tone of reflection backed by a continued belief in their strengths, though they didn't show all of those strengths Tuesday.

"They haven't quit all year. We didn't expect that," Getzlaf said of the Flames. "I didn't think we played our best game tonight. We made some errors that were uncharacteristic, but it's bound to happen. You're in the playoffs. It's going to happen."

But it hadn't happened until Tuesday for the Ducks. They had almost forgotten what it felt like to lose, and it didn't feel good. It stung, and it should have, after losing with so little time left.

"We've just got to win the next one," Andersen said. "That's what we want to do right now."

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The Calgary Flames With Another Comeback

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Just when you thought it was over; just when you thought there were no miracles left for the Calgary Flames; just when you thought another officiating controversy possibly couldn’t go against them, just then, they did it again.

On a night when the Flames managed just nine shots in the first two periods and were back on their heels most of the night, they pulled another rabbit out the hat Tuesday night before a loud, loyal Scotiabank Saddledome crowd that it used to seeing wild, unexpected finishes.

Michael Backlund scored the first playoff goal of his NHL career 4:24 into overtime to give the Flames a stunning 4-3 come-from-behind victory over the visiting Anaheim Ducks, breathing new life into their best-of-seven Pacific Division final.

“There are no words anymore to describe this group,” said Flames’ coach Bob Hartley. “They never quit. They keep believing.

“Once again, it was a great show of character and a great show of grit.”

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Anaheim’s Depth Causing Problems For The Calgary Flames

from Travis Yost of TSN,

One of the big reasons why Calgary has had such a problem against Anaheim has to do with the Ducks’ newfound depth – an element the organization didn’t really possess just a few years ago. The forward crop has been lined with young, cheap talent, and the blueline has been bolstered with a slew of talented puck-movers who can jump-start the attack.

Perhaps the most interesting addition, though, has been that of Ryan Kesler.

Acquired via trade with Vancouver in the summer of 2014, Anaheim brought in Kesler to ease some of the burden off of the Anaheim top line. The working theory was that Kesler and a couple of talented wingers would create a pseudo-checking line – one that mitigated offensive production from the opposition, allowing the Getzlaf group to run wild on others. 

It’s no surprise that, through the first two games of the Calgary/Anaheim series, Bruce Boudreau has leaned heavily on the Kesler trio to suppress the number of offensive chances for Calgary’s vaunted Sean Monahan line, which has regularly featured Jiri Hudler and, to a lesser extent, Johnny Gaudreau/David Wolf. On the road, they couldn’t get away from the Kesler group. 

Below, a quick visualization of the competition Sean Monahan saw in the first two games of the series. For the sake of this piece, we’ll limit it to forwards – I already ran the numbers on defensive match-ups, and Monahan saw a pretty even spread of Anaheim’s pairings. 

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End Of The Playoff Road For The Calgary Flames

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

The Flames can’t be criticized for being down 2-0 in a second-round playoff series they’ll have a hard time prolonging past Friday.

These are simply two teams with different goals.

This Anaheim Ducks team has been carefully constructed for years with only a Stanley Cup in mind.

The Flames focus this year was simply making the playoffs — a large enough step in itself.

Try as one might, it’s damn near impossible to deny the ultimate demise of the Flames will be at the hands of the big bad Ducks — a team that utterly dismantled the Flames in the first 120 minutes of this Western Conference semifinal series.

Former Ducks boss Brian Burke, the head honcho of the Flames, would likely tell you as much over a beer as he’s been on record many times before his self-imposed silence as insisting the Flames simply aren’t hefty enough to skate with a team as big and truculent as the Ducks.

Not yet anyway.

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The Calgary Flames Can’t Win In Anaheim

from Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun,

The Calgary Flames haven’t celebrated a win in Anaheim in forever.

 But they also haven’t lost at the Saddledome during these Stanley Cup playoffs, and that will certainly be their selling point as they head home from Disneyland empty-handed.

It wasn’t nearly as ugly as the lopsided series-opener, but the Flames dropped a 3-0 decision in Sunday’s Game 2 at Honda Center, digging an 0-2 hole in this second-round showdown with the Anaheim Ducks.

“It’s not ideal,” admitted Flames right-winger David Jones. “Obviously, you want to try to split on the road and go home with one win. We’re in a hole. We’re going home now, and we can’t lose at home. We’ve gotta to try our best to get Game 3 and then see what happens.”

The Flames have now suffered 21 consecutive setbacks just down the street from the so-called Happiest Place on Earth, a losing skid that dates back to April 25, 2006.

What’s more worrisome for the current cast from Calgary is that the Ducks have rattled off six-straight victories in the latest instalment of the NHL’s playoff party, a streak the Flames must snap in Tuesday’s Game 3 at the Saddledome.

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