Calgary Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau joined NHL Live to discuss advancing to the Western Conference Second Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and what to expect against the Flames' next opponent, the Anaheim Ducks.
True to their regular-season form, the Flames erased a 3-0 first-period deficit with four third-period goals in Game 6 of the first round to win 7-4 and eliminate the Vancouver Canucks. Calgary also won Game 1 with a third-period rally topped by Kris Russell's goal with 30 seconds left in regulation.
"That first game was huge for us," Gaudreau said. "It felt like we had a little bit control of the series. We got to come back to Calgary knowing we just need to win the games in Calgary and we're going to the next round.
The Flames advanced to the second round for the first time since 2004, the year of their run to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final, and face a big challenge against the Ducks.
"It's definitely going to be a difficult series for us," Gaudreau said. "They're really a hard-working team and have some skill up front. We need to put our best foot forward and try to win the game in Anaheim like we did in Vancouver. Those two games we need to come out with one of those wins in Anaheim to really set the momentum of coming back to Calgary."
Gaudreau had six points (two goals, four assists) against the Canucks, tying linemate Jiri Hudler for the Flames lead. He led all rookies in the regular season with 40 assists and eight power-play goals, and tied Mark Stone (Ottawa Senators) for best in the League among freshmen with 64 points.
Gaudreau's impressive rookie season made him a finalist for the Calder Trophy
"It's exciting," Gaudreau said. "There's a handful of rookies this year that really had spectacular seasons. It's exciting to be put in a group like that."