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Sharks' window may have closed with Joe Pavelski's near miss

Forward hits crossbar, post with shot late in third period of Game 6 against Oilers

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / NHL.com Staff Writer

SAN JOSE -- Joe Pavelski hit the crossbar and post on the same shot Saturday, twice an inch or so from scoring the 43rd Stanley Cup Playoff goal of his career and giving the San Jose Sharks a shot at extending their postseason run.

Fate, on this night, was especially unkind to the Sharks and their dynamic forward. Talk about painting the finest of lines -- the definition between winning and losing.

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Ducks will benefit with sweep of Flames

Early advancement gives injured defensemen Cam Fowler, Sami Vatanen additional rest

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / NHL.com Staff Writer

CALGARY -- So, are the Anaheim Ducks playing like it is 2007 all over again?

Yes and no.

They swept the Calgary Flames in the Western Conference First Round, becoming the first team to reach the second round this postseason. Their dominance was completed with a 3-1 victory in Game 4 at Scotiabank Saddledome on Wednesday.

In fact, they were even more dominant than they were in the first round 10 years ago, when they needed five games to defeat the Minnesota Wild. The Ducks held the Flames to two even-strength goals in the series and never let the dynamic Johnny Gaudreau become a factor.

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Shea Theodore, Nate Thompson secret weapons for Ducks

Rookie defenseman, veteran forward stepping in, up for Anaheim in postseason

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / NHL.com Staff Writer

CALGARY -- Unlikely heroes emerge in the Stanley Cup Playoffs every year, but the hockey gods usually limit it to one per team. 

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Corey Perry completes Ducks' improbable rally

Anaheim comes back against Flames after trailing by three goals

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / NHL.com Staff Writer

CALGARY -- The look of disbelief on Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry's face was priceless.

Shortly after he scored at 1:30 of overtime to give the Ducks a 5-4 win against the Calgary Flames in Game 3 of the Western Conference First Round at Scotiabank Saddledome on Monday, the media crowded around Perry in the dressing room. Just before the first question, a Ducks official mentioned Perry was a franchise record plus-5 in the game.

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Cam Fowler of Ducks skating again, feeling positive

Anaheim defenseman on ice for first time since sustaining knee injury April 4

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / NHL.com Staff Writer

CALGARY -- Anaheim Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler skated Monday for the first time since injuring his knee April 4.

Fowler, who took the ice near the end of the morning skate at Scotiabank Saddledome, won't play in Game 3 of the Western Conference First Round against the Calgary Flames on Monday (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports 2, PRIME). The Ducks lead the best-of-7 series 2-0.

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Ducks winning despite injured, inexperienced defense

Korbinian Holzer, Shea Theodore, Brandon Montour stepping up to help take 2-0 series lead against Flames

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / NHL.com Staff Writer

CALGARY -- It was late in the regular season and the Anaheim Ducks defense was a battered group against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome on April 2.

Hampus Lindholm was out with an injury, as was Sami Vatanen. Shea Theodore, who had played the night before with San Diego of the American Hockey League, scrambled to make his way to Calgary. Rarely used Korbinian Holzer not only played but scored his first goal since Jan. 31.

Call it a dress rehearsal for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  

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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 / NHL.com 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.

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Patrick Eaves makes Ducks complete

Forward has sparked second-half run for Anaheim, which hosts Flames in Game 2 on Saturday

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / NHL.com Staff Writer

ANAHEIM -- Anaheim Ducks general manager Bob Murray is a lot like a shopper on Black Friday, almost always looking for a deal. This year, he wasn't sure.

Just in case, he asked his staff for some names leading up to the NHL Trade Deadline on March 1, and they had one for him, someone who possibly could be a fit for captain Ryan Getzlaf down the stretch of the regular season and for a run in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Ryan Getzlaf sends message to Flames

Ducks captain gets goal, assist, levels big hit in series opener

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / NHL.com Staff Writer

ANAHEIM -- There was Ryan Getzlaf's power-play goal in the first period and an assist in the second.

But the Anaheim Ducks captain issued another series-sending message in the third period when he leveled Calgary Flames captain Mark Giordano with less than six minutes remaining in the Ducks' 3-2 win in Game 1 of the Western Conference First Round at Honda Center on Thursday.

All this was simply a continuation of Getzlaf taking his play to another level, which essentially started after the Ducks had their mandated break in early March.

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Rob Blake says Kings don't need to rebuild

New Los Angeles GM has long to-do list, including hiring coach

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / NHL.com Staff Writer

LOS ANGELES -- All of the photos taken of Rob Blake at Staples Center on Tuesday could eventually serve a purpose … for Blake.

The new Los Angeles Kings general manager said he received congratulatory text messages from his peer group, some of them former opponents, former teammates, and some fellow Hockey Hall of Famers. One was from former teammate Joe Sakic, the executive vice president of hockey operations for the Colorado Avalanche, the last-place team in the NHL.

"I had texts from a bunch of guys," Blake said. "I was laughing. Joe Sakic texted me yesterday. He was like, 'What are you doing?'"

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