The Calgary Flames will face the Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference Second Round after eliminating the Vancouver Canucks with a rousing 7-4, Game 6 win on Saturday.
The Flames' reward for advancing past the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in 11 years could be as many as four games in an arena that's been a house of horrors for them.
The Pacific Division champion Anaheim Ducks, who are coming off a first-round sweep of the Winnipeg Jets, will have home-ice advantage in the second-round series.
Center - ANA
GOALS: 1 | ASST: 3 | PTS: 4
SOG: 11 | +/-: 3
Calgary has lost 20 regular-season games in a row at Honda Center (0-15-5), including two this season. The Flames' last regular-season win there came on Jan. 19, 2004, and Calgary is 8-24-6-7 in Anaheim since the Ducks entered the NHL in 1993.
This series matches two of the NHL's most resilient teams. Anaheim led the NHL during the regular season with 12 victories when trailing after two periods; Calgary was third with 10. The Ducks became the first team in playoff history to win three games in a row when trailing after two periods.
Calgary grabbed home-ice advantage against Vancouver with a 2-1 victory in Game 1, which they trailed by a goal entering the third period, and won Game 6 after trailing 3-0 midway through the first period.
It gave the Flames their first playoff series win since 2004, when they lost Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Calgary hadn't made the playoffs since 2009.
The Ducks won three of the five regular-season games against the Flames, and one of the two losses came in a shootout. The Flames went 2-1-0 at Scotiabank Saddledome and lost 3-2 and 6-3 at Honda Center,
Goalie - CGY
GAA: 2.20 | SVP: .931
Calgary did win one of three games in Anaheim during the first round of the 2006 playoffs, the only time the teams have met during the postseason, but Anaheim won the other two plus Game 7 in Calgary.
Goaltender Jonas Hiller, who signed with the Flames as a free agent last summer after seven seasons with the Ducks, started each game against the Canucks in the first round but was pulled after allowing three goals in Game 6.
Hiller played in four of Calgary's five regular-season games against Anaheim (once in relief) and was 1-2-0, with the victory in a shootout on Nov. 18. He allowed 12 goals on 118 shots against his former team.
Forwards Jiri Hudler and Sean Monahan led the Flames with three goals each against Anaheim; Monahan had the winning goal in the regulation victory on March 11 and the winner in the shootout victory. Calder Trophy finalist Johnny Gaudreau scored two goals in the regulation victory.
Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf and forward Kyle Palmieri each scored four times against Calgary. Getzlaf's goals were scored in the final three games; Palmieri scored once in each of the first four games.