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Game Four: Anaheim 3, Calgary 2 (OT)

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Sean O’Donnell scored the game-winning goal at 1:36 of overtime to give the Ducks a 3-2 victory over the Calgary Flames in game four of the Western Conference quarterfinal series on Thursday night at the Arrowhead Pond.

The series is now tied 2-2 and will shift to Calgary for game five on Saturday at 7 p.m. PDT.

With time expired on Stephane Yelle’s high sticking penalty in overtime, O’Donnell pinched in from his point position and got a pass from winger Chris Kunitz.  The veteran defenseman slapped a low shot through Miikka Kiprusoff’s legs for the winner.  The goal was O’Donnell’s first of the playoffs.

“That was an interesting feeling, realizing that it got through his legs there and that the game was over and that you were the one who shot it,” said O’Donnell.  “It was a nice feeling and it felt a little bit strange, but I’ll take it.”

After a scoreless first, Ryan Getzlaf and Teemu Selanne tallied second period goals to give the Ducks a 2-0 lead going into the break.

Getzlaf (1, Perry, Vishnevski) opened the scoring for the Ducks at 3:47 of the second period.  The rookie center picked up a loose puck inside the Ducks zone and broke away alone on Kiprusoff.  Getzlaf deked and tucked a quick forehand shot inside the right post for his first goal of the playoffs.

Selanne (1, McDonald, S. Niedermayer) gave the Ducks a two-goal advantage less than four minutes later on the power play.  Selanne cleaned up the rebound of an Andy McDonald shot to give Anaheim a 2-0 lead at 7:13 of the second period.

The two-goal lead would be erased it seemed in an instant to begin the third period. 

Flames captain Jarome Iginla (1, Langkow, Ference) struck for his first goal of the game and of the playoffs 11 seconds into the third period.  The Flames captain broke free and beat JS Giguere to cut the Ducks’ lead in half.

Calgary tied the contest just over three minutes later when Iginla (2, Ference, Amonte) got a shot from the slot past Giguere to make it 2-2 at 3:27 of the third.

“We felt like we played really well the first two periods. In the third period, give them some credit,” said O’Donnell.  “We gave up a couple of goals that obviously we’re not happy about.”

The Ducks kept the Flames off the board the rest of the way and O’Donnell’s goal earned Anaheim a series split, 2-2 heading back to Calgary.

“I think this was probably our best game of the series,” said O’Donnell.  “That’s usually the way it happens. With good teams, if you lose a game you’ve got to make sure the next game is your best. Now we’re expecting an even better Game 5 from them.”

GAME LOG

FIRST PERIOD:

0:00 - SCRATCHES - ANA D 6 Marshall, RW 17 Hedstrom, LW 29 Fedoruk  CGY D 7 Marchment, LW 26 Nilson, LW 27 Leclerc, C 29 MacDonald, D 32 Hulse, D 46 Giordano

0:00 - STARTERS - ANA G 35 Giguere, RW 13 Selanne, C 19 McDonald, LW 38 Kunitz, D 23 Beauchemin, D 27 S. Niedermayer  CGY G 34 Kiprusoff, RW 12 Iginla, C 22 Langkow, LW 10 Amonte, D 6 Leopold, D 28 Regehr

0:00 - PLAY UNDERWAY

1:33 - ANA PENALTY - 61 Perry 2:00 CROSS CHECKING

9:57 - ANA PENALTY - 21 O'Donnell 2:00 HOOKING

17:36 - ANA PENALTY - 33 DiPenta 2:00 HOLDING

19:56 - CGY PENALTY - 10 Amonte 2:00 TRIPPING

20:00 - SHOTS ON GOAL - ANA 9, CGY 11

SECOND PERIOD:

0:00 - PLAY UNDERWAY

3:47 - ANA GOAL - GETZLAF (1) Assist: 61 PERRY (2)

6:05 - CGY PENALTY - 24 Lundmark - 2:00 CROSS CHECKING

7:13 - ANA GOAL - PP - SELANNE (1) Assists: 19 McDonald (1), 27 S. Niedermayer (3)

9:27 - CGY PENALTY - Bench - 2:00 TOO MANY MEN ON THE ICE

11:14 - ANA PENALTY - 19 McDonald - 2:00 HOOKING

13:14 - CGY PENALTY - 18 Lombardi - 2:00 HOOKING

14:35 - ANA PENALTY - 15 Lupul - 2:00 GOALTENDER INTERFERENCE

17:41 - CGY PENALTY - 17 Simon - 2:00 HOLDING THE STICK

THIRD PERIOD:

0:00 - PLAY UNDERWAY

0:11 - CGY GOAL - 12 IGINLA (2) - Assists: 22 Langkow (3), 21 Ference (2)

3:27 - CGY GOAL - 12 IGINLA (3) - Assists: 21 Ference (3), 10 Amonte (1)

9:53 - ANA PENALTY - 44 R. Niedermayer - 2:00 HOOKING

10:45 - CGY PENALTY - 10 Amonte - 2:00 HOLDING

19:30 - CGY PENALTY - 11Yelle - 2:00 HIGH STICKING

OVERTIME:

0:00 - PLAY UNDERWAY

1:36 - ANA GOAL - 21 O'Donnell (1) - Assists: 38 Kunitz (1), 19 McDonald (2)

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