Ducks @ Flames - Anaheim leads series 3-0
Game 4, Tuesday, 8 p.m. M.T. - CBC (TV), Sportsnet 960 The FAN (radio)
After dropping Game 3 on Monday, the Flames now find themselves with their backs against the wall. Calgary came out of the gate fast and fed off the energy of the home crowd to a 4-1 lead, until the Ducks were able to claw their way back. Anaheim would score four unanswered goals en route to a 5-4 overtime victory to take a 3-0 series lead. The overtime winner would come off a bounce in front of Brian Elliott, hitting Michael Stone and finding a way in the net. The goal was credited to Corey Perry for his first goal of the series.
"The first two periods we were really good. We sat back a little in the third and you could see their push in the last 10," head coach Glen Gulutzan said after the loss. "We needed to push in that last 10. We had them in a good spot up by two, we just needed a better push there. When you get to overtime it's anyone's game. We've been so good throughout the season at protecting leads and for whatever reason we couldn't hold onto this one. We'll dust ourselves off and make sure we're prepared to play Game 4."
"It's not what we wanted, it's not the way we wanted to play the third period and it come back to bite us," Stone added. "We have to put this behind us and try and win Game 4. We played well, you have to be confident when you have a 4-1 lead and expect to win the game. We didn't push the play back and they had too much offensive zone time and capitalized on their chances."
Flames - No injuries
Ducks - Anaheim will be without defencemen Cam Fowler (knee), Simon Despres (concussion) and forward Ryan Garbutt (shoulder). Defenceman Sami Vatanen has missed the last two games with an upper-body injury and is considered day-to-day but could be available for Game 4.
Keep On A Eye On - Sam Bennett
The 20-year-old centreman has been a force in the first three games of the series, making his presence felt on the ice with every shift. He has contributed offensively with two goals in the three games, while also being a key component in the physical department as well, dishing out four hits in Game 3 to bring his total in the series to 12. He also had the second highest even-strength Corsi-For% on the team in Game 3 at 60% while finishing the game with four shots on net.
"It's a real mental time of year, not a physical time. They know the systems and they know how to play and know what our expectations are. It's a real mental time of year so for me it's always to get them focused at the task at hand. It's like task and then next task. You start to figure out how you build your way back up and bring the positivity back into it." - Glen Gulutzan on rebounding from Game 3
"We talked amongst each other but at times like this there isn't much that can be said, it's do or die. It's a 4-1 lead and that's on us as a group, you can't blow a lead like that in playoffs. Our focus right now is on Game 4 and we have to be ready. If you aren't ready to go, it's not going to go well. We're all ready as a group and we know that." - Sean Monahan on the mindset for Game 4
"It was obviously disappointing to lose but now we have to take it one game at time. We have to come out with confidence. We've had trouble with momentum - they get a late goal in the second and then come in the third with a late push. We can't continue to let things like that affect us. It's been a really close series and in our opinion, 3-0 is not the way it should be right now but it is. The best way to look at it now is to just focus (on Game 4), get it in our mindset that we want to keep playing." - Mark Giordano on facing the adversity