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Flames fall short in bid to tie playoff series

by AARON VICKERS @aavickers /

ANAHEIM - A bad bounce will have the Flames returning home looking to bounce back.

Ryan Getzlaf scored the game-winner with 4:46 remaining in regulation and John Gibson made 35 saves to lift the Anaheim Ducks to a 3-2 win against the Flames at Honda Center on Saturday.

Anaheim leads the best-of-7 series 2-0 with Game 3 in Calgary on Monday (8 p.m. MT; CBC, SN960).

"We've got to play that way for a whole game back in Calgary," forward Lance Bouma said. "We'll be alright if we do that. I think we're happy with our effort. Hopefully we can build on that and come into Calgary in Game 3 and get one."

Mikael Backlund and Sean Monahan scored, and Brian Elliott made 26 saves for the Flames.

Jakub Silfverberg and Rickard Rakell also scored for the Ducks. 

Getzlaf fired a pass into the slot that deflected off Bouma's skate before dropping by Elliott to put the Ducks up 3-2 with Dougie Hamilton serving a penalty for holding the stick.

"For me, I think it's a tough call to change the outcome of the game," Hamilton said. "Such a good game. It comes down to that is pretty disappointing. I think it's just frustrating right now."

Calgary couldn't score with Elliott on the bench for the extra attacker for a second straight game.

"That's a tough one to swallow," captain Mark Giordano said. "I thought we did a ton of good things. We had a lot of good looks there in the third. We didn't capitalize. They got a lucky bounce, let's be honest, the last one.

"It's a bounce. It goes in. I thought we did a lot of good things again.

"We'll bounce back from this and have a good home game and get back in this series."

Silfverberg scored his second of the series to put the Ducks up 1-0 just 3:21 into the game when he picked a loose puck up off the boards and snapped a shot short side by Elliott. Rakell extended the lead to 2-0 with his second of the series at 6:14 when he cut off a puck behind the net and tucked a wraparound by Elliott.

Backlund scored shorthanded to pull Calgary back within one at 18:24. Michael Frolik sprung Backlund on a breakaway, and Backlund deked to his forehand before lifting a shot by Gibson.

Elliott denied Brandon Montour's attempt on the powerplay with 50 seconds remaining in the first.

Calgary continued the momentum swing into the second, and Monahan tied the game on the power play 7:01 into the period. Kris Versteeg, TJ Brodie and Johnny Gaudreau moved the puck around the Ducks' zone before Monahan one-timed a pass from Gaudreau by Gibson.

Alex Chiasson looked to put the Flames up 3-2 at 9:47, but review showed Gibson was interfered with before the puck crossed the goal line and, as a non-reviewable play, the referee's initial no-goal call stood.

"I thought the second very easily could've got the lead," Giordano said. "Again, we have looks, we have chances. He made some good saves. We've got to take a look at that one again in the back here that was disallowed.

"It was close. The game was close.

"I thought we played a good game. I thought the game was decided by a bounce, to be honest. That's how playoffs is. You've got to wash that away and move on. We were happy for the most part with the way we were pushing, especially in the second."

NOTES: Calgary outshot Anaheim 37-29. Sam Bennett and Micheal Ferland each finished with a team-high five hits. Matt Barkowski had a game-high four blocked shots. Giordano led the Flames in ice time, at 25:22, for a second consecutive game. Forward Troy Brouwer played his 100th NHL playoff game. …The Flames used the same lineup for a second straight game. Forwards Freddie Hamilton and Curtis Lazar , and defenceman Dennis Wideman were healthy scratches.

UP NEXT: Game 3 of Western Conference First Round at Scotiabank Saddledome on Monday (8 p.m. MT; CBC, SN960).



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