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Cam Fowler of Ducks returns to practice

Defenseman skates with team for first time since injuring knee on April 4

by Dan Arritt / NHL.com Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- Anaheim Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler was among the participants when they returned to practice at Honda Center on Sunday.

Fowler missed the Western Conference First Round series against the Calgary Flames after sustaining a right knee injury in a regular-season game against the Flames on April 4. He was initially given a recovery time of 2-6 weeks. Fowler first returned to the ice after the morning skate prior to Game 3 against the Flames last Monday.

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Flames face uncertainty in goal heading into offseason

After getting swept, Brian Elliott, Chad Johnson able to become free agents

by Aaron Vickers / NHL.com Correspondent

CALGARY -- The Calgary Flames are entering the offseason with uncertainty in goal. 

The Flames were swept by the Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference First Round, and each of their goaltenders in the series, Brian Elliott and Chad Johnson, can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

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Behind The Numbers

Numbers show Ducks didn't dominate Flames

Despite sweep, Anaheim statistically outplayed by Calgary in playoff series

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

With a 3-1 win against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome on Wednesday, the Anaheim Ducks completed a four-game sweep in the Western Conference First Round series and became the first team to advance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Despite winning in four games, it wasn't very one-sided, according to the underlying numbers.

Each of the four games was decided by one goal, minus empty-net goals, meaning a single bounce could have changed the outcome of any game.

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5 Reasons: Why Ducks advanced

Goaltending, experience, play of captain Ryan Getzlaf helped Anaheim defeat Flames, move into second round of playoffs

by Dan Arritt / NHL.com Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- The Anaheim Ducks completed their fifth best-of-7 sweep in history with a 3-1 victory in Game 4 against the Calgary Flames in their Western Conference First Round series on Wednesday.

Defenseman Cam Fowler missed the entire series because of a knee injury, and defenseman Sami Vatanen missed the final three games because of an upper-body injury. Shea Theodore stepped up with five points (two goals, three assists) and defensemen Kevin Bieksa, Hampus Lindholm and Brandon Montour combined for seven assists and a plus-12 rating.

Here are 5 reasons the Ducks advanced to the second round:

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5 Reasons: Why Flames were eliminated

Lack of production from Johnny Gaudreau, poor 5-on-5 play led to Calgary being ousted from postseason

by Aaron Vickers / NHL.com Correspondent

CALGARY -- The Calgary Flames qualified for the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs in coach Glen Gulutzan's first season after growing pains saw them finish 26th in the NHL standings in 2015-16 with Bob Hartley behind the bench.

But the Flames were unable to get a win in the postseason, swept by the Anaheim Ducks in their Western Conference First Round series after a 3-1 loss in Game 4 on Wednesday. 

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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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Ducks complete sweep of Flames

Anaheim wins Game 4, advances to Western Conference Second Round

by Aaron Vickers / NHL.com Correspondent

CALGARY -- The Anaheim Ducks became the first team to advance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs when they swept their Western Conference First Round series against the Calgary Flames with a 3-1 win at Scotiabank Saddledome on Wednesday.

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5 Keys: Ducks at Flames, Game 4

Anaheim looks to apply pressure, sweep series; Curtis Lazar, Freddie Hamilton hope to add energy to Calgary lineup

by Aaron Vickers / NHL.com Correspondent

DUCKS at FLAMES

10 p.m. ET; USA, CBC, TVA Sports, PRIME

Anaheim leads best-of-7 series 3-0

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Flames taking simple approach down 3-0 to Ducks

Focused on winning Game 4, believe pressure is on Anaheim

by Aaron Vickers / NHL.com Correspondent

CALGARY -- The Calgary Flames are taking a simple approach trailing 3-0 in their best-of-7 Western Conference First Round series against the Anaheim Ducks: One game at a time. 

"The reality of the situation is it's a tough situation," Flames coach Glen Gulutzan said. "The reality of the situation is, we're focused on Game 4. You can't win all four games in one night, or in your mind in the same day. You just have to get focused on Game 4. 

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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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