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Andersen, Ducks shut down Flames in Game 2

by Curtis Zupke /

ANAHEIM -- Calgary Flames goalie Karri Ramo helped his team weather the storm and make it a game. Anaheim Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen helped his team weather the storm and get a win.

Andersen made 30 saves and Matt Beleskey and Hampus Lindholm scored to lead Anaheim to a 3-0 victory against Calgary on Sunday in Game 2 of the Western Conference Second Round at Honda Center.

The Ducks lead the best-of-7-series 2-0. Game 3 is Tuesday at Scotiabank Saddledome (9:30 p.m. ET; USA, SN, TVA Sports).

It was a reversal of the blowout in Game 1, and it again proved Anaheim can play multiple styles and win with Andersen, who got his first Stanley Cup Playoffs shutout and is 6-0 in the postseason this year. Anaheim won six straight games to start the postseason for the first time since 2003; the Ducks last won six straight playoff games at any point in 2006.

"I think we're a really good team and we battle hard for each other," Andersen said. "Even on a night like today, when we didn't score as much as we wanted, especially in the first period, we just kept going and kept coming at them. There's not a lot of teams that can handle that."

Andersen stood his ground with 21 saves in the final 40 minutes during Calgary's push to set up Lindholm's backbreaking goal.

With the Ducks holding on to a 1-0 lead, Lindholm gave them some breathing room when he scored on a wrist shot to finish a rush at 11:15 of the third period. He took a drop pass from Corey Perry, and his shot from the top of the right circle to beat Ramo, who made 32 saves and gave the Flames a chance to win.

Nate Thompson added an empty-net goal with 2:16 remaining in regulation to crush any flicker of life for the rally-prone Flames.

"For them, they probably wanted a split and probably a little confidence coming into this building," center Ryan Kesler said. "We squashed it."

Lindholm's goal came after Calgary played perhaps its best hockey of the series so far. But the Flames were outplayed for the first period and a half and needed Ramo's 19 saves in the first period to keep it a one-goal game.

Anaheim's 1-0 lead after one period could easily have been more if not for Ramo, who stopped Ryan Getzlaf on a 2-on-1 and Kyle Palmieri and Jakob Silfverberg on high-quality chances.

"That's one of the best periods of goaltending I've ever seen," Flames center Joe Colborne said. "There were some point-blank chances that should've been goals. Without him playing that way, it's a much different game. That's not the type of hockey we want to play, but then you look at the last 30 minutes or so and that's Flames hockey. Hopefully that's the turning point of the series."

Beleskey scored the only goal through the first 51 minutes when he converted Kesler's saucer pass threaded through two defenders at 7:27 of the first period. The Ducks transitioned quickly in the neutral zone as defenseman Francois Beauchemin passed to Silfverberg to start the play. Beleskey one-timed Kesler's pass from the right side past a helpless Ramo for his second goal in as many games.

Calgary coach Bob Hartley was dumbfounded by his team's start.

"The first 20 minutes we looked like 20 strangers out there," Hartley said. "We just met for the first time. They were all over us."

Andersen's best save came when he stopped Mason Raymond from point-blank range early in the second period. He said his defense did the rest and kept Calgary to the outside and limited second chances.

Andersen's six straight wins tied a club record set by Jean-Sebastien Giguere in 2003 and matched by Ilya Bryzgalov in 2006.

"I'm mostly excited about the two wins," Andersen said. "That's pretty much all I care about right now. We play to win these games and we've done a good job, obviously with a 2-0 lead, going into their building. But we're not satisfied at all."

The Flames have been outscored 9-1 in the series.

Calgary's top-end forwards, Sean Monahan, Johnny Gaudreau and Jiri Hudler, had no shots on goal through 50 minutes and managed a total of two for the game.

"Give them credit," Colborne said. "They're blocking a lot of shots. They're selling out just like we have guys sacrificing our bodies. He's a good goalie. He's big. He takes up a lot of net. We're making him look good too."

The Flames scratched left wing Micheal Ferland and right wing Drew Shore. Left wing David Wolf made his NHL playoff debut and played some on Calgary's top line. Hartley said the Flames found out Ferland was unavailable after warm-ups.

Including the playoffs and regular season, Anaheim has won 21 straight games at home against Calgary dating to Game 3 of their first-round playoff series in 2006.

But the series shifts back home for the Flames.

"It's not over until it's over," defenseman TJ Brodie said. "We're not going to quit in here. Guys know what we have to do. It's just a matter of going out and doing it."

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