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Miller makes 25 saves for Ducks in win against Flames

Gaudreau scores 98th point of season for Calgary

by Dan Arritt / Correspondent

Miller hangs on to Tkachuk's shot

CGY@ANA: Miller shuts down Tkachuk's wrist shot

Matthew Tkachuk fires a wrist shot on net, but Ryan Miller makes a great save to keep the Ducks ahead by two in the 2nd

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ANAHEIM -- Rookie forwards Sam Steel and Max Jones scored for the Anaheim Ducks in 3-1 win against the Calgary Flames at Honda Center on Wednesday.

Ryan Getzlaf returned after missing four games with back spasms and scored for the Ducks (34-37-10), and Ryan Miller made 25 saves for his 378th NHL win, moving him four ahead of John Vanbiesbrouck for the all-time lead among U.S.-born goalies.

Derek Ryan scored, Johnny Gaudreau had an assist for his 98th point of the season, and David Rittich made 29 saves for the Flames (50-24-7), who had won three in a row and nine of 12. 


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Calgary clinched the No. 1 seed into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference for the first time since the 1989-90 season with a 5-3 win against the San Jose Sharks on Sunday.

The Flames rested several players, including forwards Sean Monahan and Elias Lindholm, and defenseman Mark Giordano. Monahan is second on the team with 82 points (34 goals, 48 assists), Lindholm is third with 78 points (27 goals, 51 assists) and Giordano is fifth on the team and second among NHL defensemen with 74 points (17 goals, 57 assists).

"A lot of ice time for some young guys and a lot of opportunity for some guys that they don't usually get it," Calgary coach Bill Peters said.

Video: CGY@ANA: Getzlaf beats Rittich from the circle

Carter Rowney had two assists for Anaheim, which is 10-5-1 since March 3 and hasn't lost two in a row in that span.

Steel gave the Ducks a 1-0 lead at 5:01 of the first period. Jakob Silfverberg, Steel and Rickard Rakell exchanged short passes around the left circle before Rakell passed it back to Steel for a one-timer.

"It's nice to get called up and contribute," Steel said. 

Jones made it 2-0 at 6:58. He brought the puck out from behind the Calgary net defended by Oliver Kylington, but Jones spun off Flames rookie and scored his second NHL goal on the short side.

"We were controlling the puck in the [offensive] zone pretty well," Jones said. "I knew they were pretty tired so I figured if I got that puck down low I'd make a power move to the front. And when I got around the net there I knew I could get the goalie cheating, so I figured I'd turn and just try to get it upstairs, and that's what happened."

Video: CGY@ANA: Jones spins and whips a shot past Rittich

Ryan, who moved up to center the top line with Gaudreau and Austin Czarnik, made it 2-1 at 8:28.

Ryan started the play be taking the puck from Corey Perry along the wall and passing ahead to Czarnik to start a rush. Czarnik passed the puck across the ice to Gaudreau, who centered it to Ryan coming into the slot. 

Miller came out of his crease to challenge, but Ryan made a stick move to get the puck around Miller.

The Flames went 0-for-5 on the power play and are 1-for-35 in their past 12 games.

"You have to take advantage of those," Ryan said. "Obviously a lot of our main power-play guys were not in the lineup tonight so that makes a big difference, but moving forward that power play is going to be huge for us."

Getzlaf carried the puck through the neutral zone and into the slot before scoring with a wrist shot to make it 3-1 at 4:57 of the second period.

"At the end of the year here we're not playing for a whole lot other than momentum for next season," Getzlaf said. "It's good to be back up with my teammates again."


They said it

"I like to be on the ice, I want to be out there, I want to be playing the game rather than sitting in the press box watching my teammates play. I feel rested. I feel ready to go." -- Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau on playing in the regular-season finale

"I think I just kind of settled down a little more, just focused on playing defense and tuning up little small pieces of my game. I wasn't even focusing on scoring tonight. I was just kind of worried about the little pieces of the game." -- Ducks forward Max Jones on his rookie season


Need to know

Gaudreau has six points (one goal, five assists) in a five-game point streak. ... Rakell has nine points (seven goals, two assists) in the past six games. ... Steel has seven points (four goals, three assists) in the past six games. ... Silfverberg has 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) in the past 16 games. ... The Ducks are 39-9-6 against the Flames all-time in Anaheim. … Eight players for the Ducks scored their first NHL goal this season, surpassing the previous record of seven in 1997-98.


What's next

Flames: Host the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday (10 p.m. ET; CBC, SN1, SNE, SNO, SNP, NHL.TV) 

Ducks: Host the Los Angeles Kings on Friday (10 p.m. ET; PRIME, FS-W+, NHL.TV)

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