Ducks @ Flames - Anaheim leads series 2-0
Game 3, Monday, 8 p.m. M.T. CBC (TV) The Fan 960 (Radio)
Arriving home Sunday trailing their Western Conference quarter-final series 2-0, the Flames are hoping a change of scenery will provide a much-needed spark. The Flames were solid in both games in California, especially the second. The game-winning goal in that 3-2 tilt Saturday night would come off of a bad bounce late in the third, when Ryan Getzlaf fired a shot that deflected off Lance Bouma's skate and past Brian Elliott.
"That's a tough one to swallow," captain Mark Giordano said on the loss. "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."
"I think we've played well enough to win. We've talked about momentum in the series and momentum within a game, they've got the bounces and we need to keep working till we get the bounces. Things can change quickly, momentum can swing," head coach Glen Gulutzan said after Game 2.
Flames - No injuries
Ducks - Anaheim will be without defencemen Cam Fowler (knee), Simon Despres (concussion) and forward Ryan Garbutt (shoulder). Defenceman Sami Vatanen missed Game 2 with an upper-body injury and is considered day-to-day.
Keep An Eye On - Mikael Backlund
The 28-year-old centreman got the Flames back into the game late in the first frame with a shorthanded marker on a breakaway after being sprung by Michael Frolik for his first goal of the post-season. The late tally provided a much needed boost, as the Flames came out dominant in the second, outshooting the Ducks 15-6. He would end the night with five shots on goal, tied for a game high with TJ Brodie, creating opportunities whenever he was on the ice.
"I thought we played well, after the first few minutes, I didn't think we even played poorly in the first. We controlled most of the game in the second and it was pretty even in the third till the last few minutes. We could've won the game, it was a close game, a hard fought game, it's just the way it goes. They get a bounce and it goes their way, it's a game of bounces when things are this tight." - Glen Gulutzan on the outcome of Game 2.
"We'll claw our way back into this and it starts in Game 3. I thought we played some good hockey here on the road. Our fans have supported us all year. We've had some down times this year. I'm sure the building will be loud. They'll be there for us." - Giordano on atmosphere of Game 3
"We've got to play that way for a whole game back in Calgary. "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." - Lance Bouma on the mentality for Game 3