Ryan Getzlaf powers Ducks past Flames 3-2 in series opener


Not surprisingly, keeping the numbers in its favour is Calgary's top priority headed into Game 2 on Saturday night. He doesn't usually miss by that much, you know. But the Flames got their power play cranked up as well in the first. Instead it collided with the skate of Calgary's Lance Bouma, and it streaked right past goalie Brian Elliott.

But they reset in time for the third and Getzlaf, in that no-nonsense way of his, dismissed the fallacy that something was said or changed in the Ducks' dressing room between periods to reverse the course of the game. Superficially he was right. Despite only having 14 games of playoff experience between them, defensemen Korbinian Holzer, Brandon Montour, Shae Theodore and Josh Manson have played well for the Ducks. And, in some very important ways, the Ducks were good. It's just one game.

Resilience, because they recovered and extended their home winning streak against the Flames to 29, including seven playoff games. "This was the first time for a lot of guys or, if they have been in, the first time in a few years so guys were excited".

Johnny Gaudreau, the team's leading scorer, has been practically invisible at even strength. His faceoff work was also exemplary, with 12 draws won on 20 drops of the puck. We're going to make sure we're ready to go.

Calgary hardly seemed burdened by that when the second period began.

One game later, he was sitting in the penalty box again for holding Corey Perry's stick with under six minutes to go when Getzlaf scored the Ducks' game-winning goal. The Getzlaf-Bouma bank shot happened 44 seconds later. He was all over the ice and could have had much more than two points. Monahan scored three times in 11 contests during the Flames' playoff run in 2015 and has now almost doubled his career total. But then they had to devote two minutes of the remaining 3:46 to cleaning up T.J. Brodie's mess.

On the other side of the ice, the Ducks pulled off a huge win.

And that's another difference.

"They're a great team that has great starts", Calgary's Kris Versteeg said. "We did it." Ryan added. The big center is often recognized as the Ducks' best player but tends to get overlooked in discussions over the league's best. "Those things will happen". We had a 2-0 lead and a four-minute power play and we couldn't get a goal out of it and we gave up a goal. He really established himself in the game and was dominant, which is exactly what the Ducks need: their No. 1 center to be their No. 1 center. Even with their intermittent power play, that's hard to overcome. "It will be a wild night in the Saddledome".

Jakob Silfverberg and Rickard Rakell scored first-period goals and John Gibson made 35 saves for the Ducks, who survived a nightmare second period and finished with the poise they've learned from several fruitless postseason runs. This was because he wasn't put on the powerplay and he wasn't put on the ice during the empty-net situation. Replays showed that Bennett scored a tick before the net came off its anchor.

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Ryan Getzlaf felt the Anaheim Ducks had earned the right to get a good break.

"We were treating this the way it needs to be treated", he said.

Calgary got to within 2-1 when Micheal Backlund scored on a shorthanded breakaway, shortly after Tkachuk had somehow high-sticked his way through Eaves' beard and drawn a double-minor.

They've seen Sean Monahan score in the first two games, Kris Versteeg display heady playmaking and Mikael Backlund and Johnny Gaudreau flash their risky side.But in the critical moments in Anaheim, the Ducks were the more poised outfit.

"That was an ugly period for us", Getzlaf said". "That's when they start taking penalties". "For the most part, we were happy with the way we played that game". He probably stared a hole through it in the second period.

"We kinda gave it to them".

“Were hoping if we continue, itll change.”.

The pages lead to the same ending for the Flames.

Still, the Anaheim crowd serenaded the Flames with its now-familiar chant: "You can't win here!"