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Chabot: Ducks' experience too much for Flames

by Evan Sporer /

For additional insight into the Western Conference Second Round series between the Anaheim Ducks and Calgary Flames, has enlisted the help of Frederic Chabot to break down the action. Chabot will be checking in throughout the series.

Chabot was the goaltending coach for the Edmonton Oilers from 2009 to 2014. He played in the NHL for five seasons, spending time with the Montreal Canadiens, Philadelphia Flyers and the Los Angeles Kings.

The Calgary Flames handed the Anaheim Ducks their first loss of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs with a win in Game 3 of their Second Round Western Conference series on Tuesday.

Following the loss, Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau asked his team to be more aggressive against the young Flames in Game 4. Frederic Chabot said the Ducks were in a 4-2 win, with an inexperienced Flames team showing some of its weaknesses.

"Boudreau asked them to be more physical, and more engaged physically, which they were maybe just for 20-30 minutes [in Game 3], but they were engaged for all of Game 4," Chabot said. "They were more intense, more physical, and more in the fight."

Some of that physicality may have gotten to Calgary, a team that made a few costly mistakes that led to Anaheim goals.

"Those are things that happen when you have a young team: They have a lot of energy, and they want to win, and they're ready to chomp and go at it," Chabot said. "It's an experience coming in."

First it was Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau attempting to stick-handle deep in his own zone. He turned the puck over, and seconds later, Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano tied the game at 2-2.

"You see an older guy in Anaheim's lineup with the same play, and they would probably chip the puck for themselves a little further toward the boards, and pick it up, and gain some speed toward the neutral zone," Chabot said. "But Gaudreau. … he never saw Cogliano come from his right side. It's a learning curve too, but at the same time, Gaudreau was good [Friday], he was the main reason Calgary scored the first goal, and it's just a learning curve.

"I'm sure that he won't even make that mistake again in the next game."

Anaheim's game-winning goal came off a power play taken by Flames forward Joe Colborne as the second period ended. The Flames lost an offensive zone faceoff, and Colborne hit Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin as time expired, but got his stick up and was called for double minor.

"There's five seconds, so if you win that faceoff, you have time to create something, and you're on your toes, and you're ready to go, and you want that puck back," Chabot said. "I'm sure that's what Colborne was thinking; he wanted to get the puck, and maybe try something at the last second of the period.

"Once they lost the faceoff, he just needed to put on the brakes and maybe rub the Anaheim player out."

Chabot said overall, Calgary did a good job of making adjustments in Games 3 and 4 at Scotiabank Saddledome, and played two much more competitive games than they did at Honda Center.

"Calgary did some great stuff in neutral zone," Chabot said. "They drove the puck up the wall on one side, and when Anaheim tried to clog the zone and turn the puck over, Calgary would go east-west and enter on the other side, or if they had nothing they just got it deep and finished their checks."

Facing elimination for the first time this postseason entering Game 5 on Sunday (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports), Chabot said coach Bob Hartley will have the Flames ready to go.

"It's a position Calgary is comfortable in; they have nothing to lose," Chabot said. "You never want to count the Flames out, they always have something up their sleeve, and they're going to compete.

"It's going to be a good game, and Anaheim, if they play like [they did in Game 4], it's going to be a great game."

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