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Ducks skate to 3-1 victory to sweep playoff series

by TY PILSON @typilson /

The playoff run is over.

Patrick Eaves, Nate Thompson and Ryan Getzlaf scored for the Anaheim Ducks as they skated to a 3-1 victory at the Scotiabank Saddledome Wednesday night and with that, swept the Flames in four straight games in their Western Conference quarter-final playoff series.

Sean Monahan scored the lone marker for the homeside.

Despite changing up their lineup for Game 4 with the additions of Curtis Lazar and Freddie Hamilton, who drew in for Matt Stajan and Lance Bouma, the Flames were unable to force a Game 5 back in Anaheim.

Eaves opened the game's scoring on a harmless-looking shot from the left half-boards just 6:38 seconds into the first period that beat Brian Elliott, ending his night as he left the game after facing three shots and was replaced by Chad Johnson.

Johnson was beat on the second shot he faced, giving up a rebound into the slot on a Rickard Rakell blast from the left faceoff circle that was pounced on by Nate Thompson who snapped the puck into the net to give the visitors a 2-0 lead.

Monahan brought the crowd to its feet with 3:53 left in the second period following a goal-mouth scramble on the powerplay when he potted his fourth goal of the series.

Despite pulling Johnson late in the third for the extra-attacker the Flames were able to score the equalizer to force overtime, with Getzlaf potting an empty-netter to seal the deal.


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