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Preview: Ducks Look to Take 2-0 Series Lead Tonight

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara /

The Ducks take on the Calgary Flames in Game 2 of their First Round series tonight at Honda Center (7:30 p.m. PDT, Fox Sports West/KSPN 710). Anaheim is coming off a 3-2 victory in the series opener on Thursday night on goals from Ryan Getzlaf, Rickard Rakell and Jakob Silfverberg, and a 30-save performance from John Gibson.

Anaheim's captain recorded his 31st multi-point playoff game (2 points, 1g/1a) to become the first player in franchise history and 12th active player to reach 100 points in the postseason. Getzlaf, who opened the scoring on the power play just 52 seconds into the game and earned the primary assist on Rakell's game-tying goal in the second period, enters Game 2 with 12 points (3g/9a) in 13 career playoff games vs. Calgary. Silfverberg registered his ninth career multi-point playoff game (2 points, 1g/1a), which included his third career postseason game-winning goal and first since a 2-1 victory in Game 2 of the First Round on April 18, 2015 vs. Winnipeg. Corey Perry has 11 points (4g/7a) in 13 career playoff games against the Flames and is one of two remaining players for either team from the 2006 series between the two clubs (also Getzlaf).

Calgary scored unanswered goals from Sean Monahan and Sam Bennett to take a 2-1 lead midway through Game 1 until Rakell evened the score at the 13:53 mark of the second period. Brian Elliott made 38 saves in the loss, dropping his all-time playoff record to 15-20.

The Ducks have several playoff milestones on the horizon. Andrew Cogliano needs one assist to tie Samuel Pahlsson (16) for 10th on the all-time club assists list. Ryan Kesler is one goal shy of tying Andy McDonald (12) for sixth on the all-time club goals list, and Silfverberg needs one assist to pass Cam Fowler (20) for seventh on the all-time club assists list. Furthermore, Silfverberg needs one point to surpass Rob Niedermayer (27) for eighth on the all-time franchise scoring list.

Following tonight's game, the series will shift to Calgary for Games 3 and 4 on Monday (7 p.m. PT) and Wednesday (7 p.m. PT). If necessary, the series will return to Anaheim for Game 5 on Friday, April 21, go back to Calgary for Game 6 on Sunday, April 23 and conclude at Honda Center on Tuesday, April 25 in a do-or-die Game 7.

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