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Flames don't name starting goalie for Game 4

Coach Glen Gulutzan undecided between Brian Elliott, Chad Johnson, Jon Gillies trailing Ducks 3-0

by Aaron Vickers / Correspondent

CALGARY -- Calgary Flames coach Glen Gulutzan did not name a starting goaltender for Game 4 of the Western Conference First Round against the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday (10 p.m. ET; USA, CBC, TVA Sports, PRIME).

The Ducks lead the best-of-7 series 3-0 after coming back from three goals down to win Game 3 5-4 in overtime against Elliott on Monday.

"We haven't decided what we're going to do [Wednesday]," Gulutzan said Tuesday. "We're going to talk some more here after this morning. Our real focus this morning was getting our players refocused and back in their mind. This afternoon, we'll see how everybody comes out after the skate. ... We always let our goalies know by about 5 o'clock."


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Elliott has lost the three games to Anaheim and has a 3.67 goals-against average and .887 save percentage in the series. He allowed five goals on 27 shots Monday.

"I don't think it's set in stone right now but I definitely want that opportunity for sure," Elliott said.

Elliott won 11 consecutive starts from Feb. 21 to March 19. Chad Johnson won six straight starts from Nov. 30 to Dec. 10.

Johnson, who started three of the final 19 regular-season games, went 18-15-1 with a 2.59 GAA and .910 save percentage in 36 games. His last win came at the Florida Panthers on Feb. 24.

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Jon Gillies, 23, is also up with the Flames. He made 27 saves to win his only NHL start, 4-1 against the Los Angeles Kings on April 6.

Gulutzan hinted he could make other changes to the lineup for Game 4.

Forwards Curtis Lazar and Freddie Hamilton, and defenseman Dennis Wideman, have each been a healthy scratch for the first three games.

"I would expect there will be a lineup change [Wednesday]," Gulutzan said. "I'm not 100 percent sure on that today. I like to go through all of our guys. I like to look at the game and then go through all of our coaches and go through it and then we make our lineup changes around 5 o'clock today.

"I would expect there might be a couple lineup changes.

"We've got a couple guys in our locker room that are young, hungry guys that aren't down 3-0. We'll see where we are."

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