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Ducks rely on 'lucky' goal to win Game 2

Anaheim center Ryan Getzlaf said his game-winner against Flames was pass that deflected in off skate

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / Staff Writer

ANAHEIM -- Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf could have used many words -- and many combinations -- to describe his game-winning goal against the Calgary Flames Saturday night.

He selected one.

"Lucky," Getzlaf said, chuckling.

There really was no better way to describe his power-play goal at 15:14 of the third period, which gave the Ducks a 3-2 victory against the Flames in Game 2 of their Western Conference First Round series at Honda Center.


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Getzlaf's cross-ice pass went off the skate of Flames forward Lance Bouma and past goaltender Brian Elliott. Bouma was between the circles, and Getzlaf said he was trying to pass to linemate Patrick Eaves.

The Ducks went on the power play after Flames defenseman Dougie Hamilton, who has struggled in the first two games, was penalized for holding the stick of Anaheim forward Corey Perry at 14:33.

"I was trying to take away the seam and they got a lucky bounce off my foot," Bouma said. "Moose (Elliott) was sliding across. I'm trying to do the right thing."

Video: CGY@ANA, Gm2: Getzlaf nets go-ahead PPG off Bouma

Flames defenseman Mark Giordano agreed.

"He made the right play," he said. "He was taking away the seam pass. If they hit the seam there, it's probably a goal anyways. He took away the seam, there was a bad bounce. I bet if you did that play 100 more times, 99 times it wouldn't go in the net like that.

"We played a good game. We have to win the next one. We have our backs against the wall now."

This was just another chapter in a multi-volume set of woes afflicting the Flames at Honda Center. They have not won there since April 25, 2006, a span of 22 straight regular-season games and seven more in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Anaheim leads the best-of-7 series 2-0, with Game 3 in Calgary on Monday (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports 2, PRIME).

The spell of Honda Center seemed poised to be vanquished on Saturday.

Anaheim went into the game without two of its top four defensemen: Cam Fowler and Sami Vatanen, who was a late scratch because of an upper-body injury.

Video: CGY@ANA, Gm2: Getzlaf speaks on his game-winner

Ducks defenseman Korbinian Holzer made his NHL playoff debut. This was playoff Game No. 2 for Brandon Montour and No. 3 for Josh Manson. Hampus Lindholm, 23, looked like an aging veteran compared to the untested Ducks youngsters.

The Flames trailed 2-0 before the game was seven minutes old but tied it following a shorthanded goal by Mikael Backlund at 18:24 of the first and a power-play goal by Sean Monahan at 7:01 of the second.

They outshot the Ducks, 15-6, in the second period and seemed poised to take control as Anaheim played its sloppiest period of the series.

"We just experienced one of our worst periods in a long time," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. "We just stood around and watched what they did. We couldn't complete two passes and gave up 15 shots. It was just time to reset our group.

"What we needed to do was establish our game again right at the start of the third period, and I thought we did that."

They managed to turn the page in the third period and Getzlaf sounded slightly exasperated when asked if there was anything said between periods. He has four points in two games and this was his sixth game-winning goal in the playoffs.

"Everybody always searches for this secret conversation that happens," he said. "We're all professionals in here and we're all players. It's our job as a locker room to just breathe. Sometimes that's all it takes.

"You don't have to have a magical phrase that you're going to use, or whatever it is. You just come in, breathe, and get ready to go. Our group has been around long enough. We know what we need to do."

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