Dubnyk, Wild beat Blues 2-0 to avoid elimination

The Calgary Flames have been eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs.

After wrapping up their 4-0 Western Conference first-round win over the Flames, the Ducks face the victor of the series between the Edmonton Oilers and San Jose Sharks, who are tied 2-2, in the second round of the playoffs. John Gibson earned the win in net.

The Ducks struck early Wednesday and scored on their second shot, a sharp-angled effort by Patrick Eaves.

The Ducks play the victor of the series between the Edmonton Oilers and San Jose Sharks, who are tied 2-2, in the second round of the playoffs.

The Flames. Calgary will finally best the Ducks in this series, but will have to face their biggest enemy, the Honda Center, in Game 5. Both Brian Elliott and backup Chad Johnson are unrestricted free agents, and the former had an up and down year. Allen was caught behind the net as he played the puck, and it went directly to Coyle, who scored his second goal of the series.

So while there was a boisterous celebration on the way to their room following the stunning Game 3 comeback, the Ducks were more muted Wednesday night after completing their sweep of a game Calgary squad fighting against the worst matchup it could draw.

"We move onto the next one and we know that it's only going to get tougher", said head coach Randy Carlyle, who turned 61 on Wednesday.

"Calgary's a city that loves their team, so watching excitement ramp up in the city during the playoffs is always a great time", she said.

Calgary continued to press hard in the second period, and the Flames were rewarded at 16:07 when Monahan batted a pass from Kris Versteeg out of mid-air past Gibson for his fourth power-play goal in four games. "You can't discredit the opposition in the Calgary Flames with the way they played". Perry scored the overtime victor in Game 3. They know that their injuries are such that they will be made available to us if they continue to heal the way they have so far. We made our push for the playoffs and got into the playoffs.

The Flames also failed to score a 5v5 goal and, despite recording 91 scoring 5v5 chances, finished with just two goals in that game state while the Ducks managed nine. After a particularly soft hooking call against Ryan Kesler, the Flames powerplay got them back in the game. "You have to tip your hat to the other team sometimes".

That said, the Flames had a good season and overall it should be looked at as a success. But we have nothing to be ashamed of.

Sportsnet 960 The Fan morning show host Dean "Boomer" Molberg says there are a lot of decisions that need to be made, but it's not clear who will be making them. "This is sports and when you're on the winning side, you've hopefully taken advantage of some of the things you were presented with and that's the way it worked out for us". Carlyle said Fowler would be out two to six weeks when the defenseman collided with Flames captain Mark Giordano in a regular-season game April 4. "The team helped me out so I wanted to make sure I was there and help them out tonight".

The quick finish to this series will provide more recovery time for injured defensemen Cam Fowler (knee) and Sami Vatanen (upper body).

  • Julie Sanders