Well if the Ducks had any rust on them, they managed to shake it off early.
Josh Jooris had a clear breakaway 2 minutes into the game, but was stopped by Hiller-replacing Anaheim netminder Frederik Andersen. After that it was all Ducks. Actually it wasn’t even that much all Ducks, Calgary played well enough to keep the game close, but Jonas Hiller was not good. Hiller has to be the difference maker if Calgary wants to have any shot at winning round 2. Hiller was shaky, and Ramo was not much better in relief.
And even though the score was 6-1, that wasn’t the worst part of the night for the Flames. Both Juri Hudler and Michael Ferland left the game with injuries. Jiri Hudler took his last shift 4:00 into the second period, and forward Micheal Ferland left in the first period. Yikes.
There was no third-period drama between the Calgary Flames and Anaheim Ducks. Anaheim showed what a week’s worth of rest and preparation will do for the top-seeded team from the Western Conference in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Corey Perry had two goals and two assists and Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and three assists to help Anaheim overpower Calgary 6-1 in Game 1 of the Western Conference Second Round on Thursday at Honda Center.
And since it’s come up a bit, here is the schedule for the series:
|GAME||DATE||VISITOR||HOME||TIME (MT)||TV NETWORK/RESULTS|
|1||THU, APR. 30||FLAMES||DUCKS||8:00 PM||SPORTSNET, NBCSN, TVA|
|2||SUN, MAY 3||FLAMES||DUCKS||8:00 PM||SPORTSNET, CNBC, TVA|
|3||TUE, MAY 5||DUCKS||FLAMES||7:30 PM||SPORTSNET, USA, TVA|
|4||FRI, MAY 8||DUCKS||FLAMES||7:30 PM||SPORTSNET, NBCSN, TVA|
|5*||SUN, MAY 10||FLAMES||DUCKS||TBD||SPORTSNET, TVA|
|6*||TUE, MAY 12||DUCKS||FLAMES||TBD||SPORTSNET, TVA|
|7*||THU, MAY 14||FLAMES||DUCKS||TBD||SPORTSNET, TVA|