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Calgary leads best-of-7 series 3-1
Vancouver Canucks coach Willie Desjardins announced Thursday that goalie Ryan Miller will start Game 5 of the Western Conference First Round against the Calgary Flames, but top-line right wing Alexandre Burrows will miss the rest of the best-of-7 series.
"He’s still in Calgary. It’s nothing to worry about it; it’s not. It’s just kind of a comfort thing," Desjardins said of Burrows, who was taken to the hospital after he sustained an upper-body injury during the morning skate prior to Game 4 on Tuesday. "He won’t be around for the rest of the series; he won’t be back for the rest of the series."
Thursday is the first of three chances for Calgary to advance past the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2004, when the Flames lost Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
"We need one more, so there's no celebration. It's business as usual," Calgary coach Bob Hartley told the Flames website.
The Flames, who won twice in Calgary after splitting in Vancouver, chased Canucks goalie Eddie Lack from Game 4 with three goals on seven shots in the first period. Ryan Miller made 15 saves in 37:51 in relief of Lack.
Miller allowed five goals in a 6-5 overtime win against the Edmonton Oilers on April 11 in his only start after he sprained his right knee Feb. 22.
"I’m not going to be 100 percent physically, but I know I can bring a lot with my approach and try to be efficient and contribute to managing our zone," Miller said.
Miller was 29-15-1 with a 2.53 goals-against average and .911 save percentage in his first season with Vancouver after signing a three-year contract last summer. He is 27-26 with a 2.47 GAA and .916 save percentage in the NHL postseason.
Canucks forward Sven Baertschi, who was chosen by the Flames with the 13th pick of the 2011 NHL Draft, likely will make his NHL playoff debut. Acquired in a trade with Calgary on March 2, he would replace rookie forward Linden Vey.
"It looks like [Baertschi’s] going to get a start as long as everything goes as we expect for the morning skate," Desjardins told the Canucks website.
Vancouver overcame a 3-1 series deficit against Calgary in the 1994 Western Conference Quarterfinals.
"If you believe that you can win, that’s what drives you to play hard and keeps you going," Desjardins said. "I think that we just have to make sure that we stay on task."