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Hiller pulled; Hudler leaves Flames game vs. Ducks

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The Calgary Flames replaced starting goaltender Jonas Hiller early in the second period of Game 1 of their Western Conference Second Round series against the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday after he allowed three goals on 14 shots.

Hiller, who spent seven seasons with the Ducks before signing with the Flames as a free agent last summer, was replaced by Karri Ramo after Corey Perry's goal 2:13 into the second period gave Anaheim a 3-0 lead. Matt Beleskey and Patrick Maroon scored less than three minutes apart midway through the first period to give the Ducks a 2-0 lead.

The Ducks won the game 6-1.

Hiller started all six games in the Flames' first-round series victory against the Vancouver Canucks but was pulled twice.

Jiri Hudler, part of Calgary's top forward line, took his last shift 4:00 into the second period, and forward Micheal Ferland left in the first period. The Flames said neither player would return.

Ferland was struck high when teammate David Jones checked Ducks defenseman Sami Vatanen into him behind the net. Ferland also collided with Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin at the boards in the first period.

"They’re both day-to-day," coach Bob Hartley said. "We will re-evaluate them tomorrow.”

Forward Johnny Gaudreau, who took several hard hits in the first two periods, did not play in the third period, but Hartley said that was his decision and that Gaudreau was not injured.

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