CALGARY -- Down, but never out. The Ducks, seemingly on the verge of coming off the rails multiple times tonight, found a way to erase a three-goal deficit and cap off the largest playoff comeback in club history - a 5-4 overtime victory - over the Calgary Flames on Monday night. Corey Perry, held without a goal through the first nine periods of this series, threw a shot on Brian Elliott from the boards that deflected past the veteran goaltender just 1:30 into sudden death sending his teammates over the bench in pure jubilation. The win gave the Ducks a 3-0 series lead and pushed the Flames to the brink of elimination in front of a devastated "C of Red" inside Scotiabank Saddledome.
Shea Theodore scored two of the biggest goals of his NHL career, including the game-tying marker with less than five minutes left in the third period, while Nick Ritchie and Nate Thompson also found the back of the net. John Gibson made 12 saves on 16 shots before being relieved by Jonathan Bernier, who went on to stop all 16 shots in 30:57.
Sean Monahan, Kris Versteeg, Michael Stone and Sam Bennett scored for the Flames, who had 2-0 and 4-1 leads at times. Brian Elliott made 22 saves in the loss and has taken every defeat of the series thus far.
The Flames jumped out to an early lead just 2:10 into the game when Monahan sent a snap shot over the left shoulder of Gibson for his third goal of the series. The goal came on a power play after Ritchie was sent to the box for interference. Monahan has scored in each game of the series thus far, all of which on the power play.
Calgary made it a 2-0 game at the 9:18 mark courtesy of Versteeg's first goal (and third point) of the series, which also happened to come on the power play - the Flames' third in the opening 10 minutes of the first period.
The Ducks got a much-needed goal with 4:27 remaining in the first period to cut the deficit in half when Ritchie buried a rebound for his first career postseason goal. Ritchie crashed the center lane and capitalized on a fat rebound kicked out by Elliott, who wasn't tested much until then.
Video: ANA@CGY, Gm3: Ritchie tucks a rebound past Elliott
Calgary re-gained its two-goal lead early in the middle frame when Stone's slap shot made its way through traffic to beat Gibson far side. It marked the first career playoff goal/point for Stone, who was acquired from the Arizona Coyotes on February 20.
After defenseman Korbinian Holzer was sent to the box for a hooking call on Johnny Gaudreau, the Flames delivered on the power play for the third time in the game. This time it was Bennett, who tipped a Mark Giordano point shot at the 8:33 mark of the second period. The last time Calgary scored three power-play goals in a playoff game happened to come against the Ducks in Game 3 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals on April 25, 2006 - a game the Flames won, 5-2.
The goal signaled the end of the night for Gibson, who was relieved by Bernier. Gibson left the game allowing four goals on 16 shots.
Just when it seemed like the game was slipping away, Theodore gave the Ducks life when he sent a wrist shot from the far side past Elliott with under a minute remaining in the second period. The shot was one Elliott wanted back, as he was clearly frustrated after the goal. The goal placed Theodore in a tie for the team lead in points (4) with Ryan Getzlaf through the first three game of the series.
Video: ANA@CGY, Gm 3: Theodore's wrister finds twine
After the buzzer sounded ending the period, the Flames went into the locker room with a 5-0 advantage in power plays.
Showing their resiliency, the Ducks responded with a goal from Thompson - high first of the postseason - on a deflection at the 11:14 mark of the third period. The play, however, would go through a lengthy video review for high sticking. Ultimately, the call on the ice stood, cutting the deficit in half.
Video: ANA@CGY, Gm 3: Thompson tips point shot past Elliott
Theodore, playing arguably his best game of his young career, delivered again, this time with under five minutes remaining in regulation. The rookie defenseman waited patiently for a shooting lane to develop before sending a wrist shot through traffic, silencing the sold-out crowd at Scotiabank Saddledome.
Video: ANA@CGY, Gm 3: Theodore ties it with his second goal
Anaheim capped off its incredible comeback just 90 seconds into overtime when Perry threw a shot on Elliott that banked off Stone's leg before crossing the stripe. With the goal, Perry became the first player in club history to be +5 in a playoff game.
Video: ANA@CGY, Gm3: Perry wins it in OT on deflected shot
The Ducks will look to complete the sweep on Wednesday night right back here at Scotiabank Saddledome.